Tier 1 carrier AT&T, whose wireless network just a few years ago was criticized for being unreliable, is ready to handle the increasing traffic demands imposed by online video viewing.
Verizon Communications may be talking to AOL about a potential content partnership, but it is not interested in acquiring the company. Speaking at the 2015 Citi Global Internet, Media & Telecommunications conference in Las Vegas today, Verizon Chairman and CEO Lowell McAdam said that yesterday's Bloomberg report claiming that Verizon approached AOL about a potential acquisition or joint venture is inaccurate. "I think of AOL and a lot of other media companies as potential partners," he said. "But saying we are having significant acquisition discussions is not accurate."
Ericsson expects that by 2020, 90 percent of the world's population over 6 years old will have a mobile phone, and smartphone subscriptions by then are expected to top 6.1 billion.
Samsung Electronics is planning to spend several tens of millions of dollars to develop short-form video content for a new mobile product, according to a report from The Information.
STOCKHOLM--Ericsson's top executives painted a picture of the world in 2020 in which there will be 9 billion people on the planet, 9.1 billion mobile subscriptions and video traffic will dominate, accounting for at least 50 percent of all traffic on the network.
LTE Broadcast has potential, but I think it will be at least a few years before it takes off commercially. Even then, it's not clear how it will be monetized. For now LTE Broadcast is more about hype than reality.
Mobile subscribers on LTE networks are 1.5 times more likely to watch video than subscribers on 3G networks, according to the Citrix Mobile Analytics Report for the second half of 2014.
Apple's iOS-based smartphones dominate video viewing, representing 60 percent of mobile video views in the United States alone, a new report says. But Android-based smartphones hold sway for video viewers in Latin America, at 53 percent.
AT&T announced a new, $500 million joint venture with The Chernin Group, a Hollywood production company for TV shows and movies, to target the over-the-top online video space--and AT&T specifically mentioned mobile as a key element in its efforts to expand into OTT online video.
Verizon Wireless could potentially tap new business models thanks to LTE Multicast technology, though it will take a few years for customers to take advantage of it on a widespread basis, according to a top Verizon executive.