I’ve been at Mobile World Congress one day so far. Here's what I've seen in terms of messaging.
by Alan Percy
Feb 15, 2017 9:33:16 AM
If you keep up to date with the latest innovations in communications technology, ITEXPO has always been one of the places to learn, meet key vendors, and network. With a regular winter event in southern Florida every year, it’s hard to say “no” to attending. This year did not disappoint, especially with the addition of a co-located Internet of Things (IoT) event and even more to see and experience during your trip to Florida. A few key observations:
This is the time of year I typically grade myself on the predictions I made this time last year.
In September, I wrote a blog on why mobile advertising is expected to grow based on Mary Meeker’s yearly Internet Trends report. Something to be considered is that there is also an opposing force to this: ad blockers. When you think of ad blockers, you probably think of it as an extension on your browser on your desktop that can only block ads when browsing on your computer. Ad blockers have kept up with the times and now provide smartphone-wide ad blocking...mostly with the exception of native ads.
Every year, Ericsson puts out a nice overall Mobility Report in June. I’m finally getting around to reading it now. There is some really nice information in there about IoT growth and 5G.
However, this one graphic really struck me.
Back in April, I wrote a blog about LTE subscription growth and ended that blog with “by the end of 2020, half of all mobile connections will NOT be LTE. In fact, in 2015, 3G still grew.” On June 9th, the GSA put a press release out about LTE, but that press release also contained the words “3G/HSPA subscriptions grew by 48 million” in Q1 2016. So even though all we hear about is LTE these days, 3G remains important.
Jun 9, 2016 10:30:00 AM
Facebook is at it again. Back in 2011, Facebook formally kicked off the Open Compute Project (OCP) along with companies like Rackspace, Intel, and Goldman Sachs. The intent was to share ideas and figure out ways to build the most efficient computing infrastructure at the lowest possible cost. The various projects were set up in an open source model to help hardware with more efficient, more scalable and more flexible platforms for computing, storage, and networking. There are now more than 150 member companies such as Apple, Google, and Microsoft, and recently this year service providers AT&T, Deutsche Telekom AG., EE, and Verizon all joined the project as well.
The past few weeks, I have mentioned the February 2016 Cisco VNI report to make some points about WiFi. However, the Cisco VNI report also has some other very interesting information that I wanted to point out in the next few blogs.
Today, I want to make some points about mobile video.
May 25, 2016 9:39:14 AM
In my previous blog, I spoke about AT&T’s thought leadership session at the recent ETSI NFV ISG. They explored a wide ranging of topics including; revenue opportunities from the cloud, NFV, SDN, 5G and reimagining the central office. You can read that blog by clicking here. While I was expecting more insights into NFV, on-going proof of concepts, and updates on new SDN-based services, I was pleasantly surprised to hear AT&T’s VP of Brand Identity Gregg Heard give one of the more attention-getting presentations on something you wouldn’t hear every day at a technical specifications conference; the AT&T brand strategy.
Last week, I wrote about the status and projections of LTE subscriptions. So I figured I should do a brief update on 5G this week. First of all, as I’ve written before, 5G is clearly in its hype phase. It was all over MWC a couple of months ago. Although there are no specs yet, nor even any official 5G icon, there has been a lot of work done which justifies some air time here.
Topics: 3G, 4G, 5G, and WiFi