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Understanding the interplay between the wireline and wireless worlds is important as value shifts occur. You can’t have a blockbuster iPad2 launch without Wi-Fi. And 55% to 60% of the embedded home Wi-Fi base is coming through cable modems. Apple Inc.’s success eventually results in Comcast Corp.’s, Time Warner Cable Inc.’s, Verizon Communications Inc.’s FioS and even AT&T Inc.’s U-Verse’s success.
With the next generation of tablet and phone devices (Apple’s iPad2 and the HTC Corp. Thunderbolt, for example) comes the front facing camera. We wrote about this with the column “The iPhone without a contract” last Labor Day. Sprint Nextel Corp.’s HTC Evo 4G launched last year with a front-facing camera using the WiMAX network and QiK (now owned by Skype) as the pre-installed app. New hardware begets new software. And this new software is high BPS (bandwidth per second). The higher the BPS, the faster the app.
The next $100 billion of value in the telecommunications industry (inclusive of software) is going to be created by the fast app ecosystem. Combine secure cloud computing with gigabit Ethernet backhaul and dual-core processors and you have the makings of an entirely new industry. It’s not that Groupon brought millions of us daily deals – it’s that they now bring them to us in 1080p (or whatever form factor your device can support). I can now see next year’s holiday blockbuster toys in action at Amazon.com (or through their app), not still photos. And video communication, including a revamped Pandora + YouTube, is now connected to my television. Why do I have a V-Tech cordless phone (and a $40 per month bill)? Why do I have a premium digital video tier?
It’s an exciting world to dream about, and developments are coming very quickly, thanks to companies like Apple and Google Inc. The highest returns can only occur, however, when you expand the market from portable (Wi-Fi) to mobile devices. In car. On train. On bus. If you are moving, you need mobility, not portability. And mobility requires bandwidth that moves with you.
This is where the wireless carriers come in. They hold the keys to mobile fast apps. As much as the developer community wants to circumvent or ignore relationships with the wireless carriers, they cannot achieve a high common denominator (“fastest app”) without the ability to achieve consistent bandwidth speeds and consistently low latency. Said another way, those applications developers that invest in the network interfaces and carrier relationships will create differentiation (and value) faster than those who dumb performance down to the lowest levels. When technology moves quickly, value is created from those companies who can expand with the market, who can achieve the highest and best result instead of the lowest and least. The bandwidth disparity created by 2G/3G/4G and Wi-Fi networks operating simultaneously is too great.
The only way Sprint Nextel and T-Mobile USA Inc. (combined or separate) can grow 10 to 20 million net adds in the next three years is to partner with the fast applications developers. Multi-player Angry Birds in 3D with optional voice chat does not happen without network integration – the connections are real-time, not “push” and servers need to be very close to the network. Sprint Nextel and T-Mobile USA may need more growth than 10 to 20 million net adds over the next 3 years to remain relevant. Dropped calls be damned – what about dropped apps?
So we have a willing development community, at least two willing carriers (on top of Verizon Wireless and AT&T Mobility who will definitely not take this lying down), and capital waiting to earn disproportionate returns. Where do we get started? Three ideas:
1. Multi-player Angry Birds in 3D with optional voice chat takes applications to a new level. Maybe an “all green” AB on March 17?
2. Facebook (or their replacement) could reinvent video communications singlehandedly (and take advertising to a new level).
3. Cloud-based communications directories with caller identificaton (app free version includes a mini-advertisement delivered on every incoming call).
One of the biggest reasons for any directory is discovery. In the old days of White Pages, we discovered a street address and a phone number associated with a name. With the advent of fast apps, I may want to know if you have FaceTime and if you are available for a quick chat, even if you are not in my contact list. Where’s the FaceTime (or Skype or Fring or ooVoo or YouTube or Facebook) listing on my BlackBerry? It doesn’t exist. Then how do I discover that you have FaceTime (meaning an Apple device that has a front facing camera on a participating carrier that has optimized FaceTime for their 4G network)? We need a better discovery engine to make FaceTime or their competitor a more relevant communications application.
The directory needs to protect privacy. I need to be able to turn off applications from being used by some and make an entirely different set of applications available to others. The directory needs to be connected to individuals, not Exchange (which, as explained in the last paragraph, doesn’t have room for these listings anyway). Privacy is easiest with an independent source – friendly to but free from wireless carriers, handset manufacturers, and operating systems.
Finally, the directory needs to be free. Listed or unlisted, private, user-controlled and free. This is not to say that there aren’t charges for “end caps” (featured fast apps), or that larger corporate or association directories don’t pay some fees, or that we show a mini-message on every incoming call in exchange for a free app, but this is not the calling name data storage margins of the past. And, if it can bring in 10 to 20 million customers for Sprint Nextel and T-Mobile USA (together or separate), it’s worth the carrier effort.
Fast apps are the next $100 billion opportunity in the communications industry. A well executed fast apps strategy by T-Mobile USA and Sprint Nextel (combined or separate) can break the current duopoly (or Verizon Wireless can execute it on its own with LTE and cripple their competition). To make fast apps a reality, the discovery process needs to be radically simpler, privacy needs to be protected, and it needs to be free to the end user. We need an independent directory.
Here come the fast apps. Are you ready?
Jim Patterson is CEO and co-founder of Mobile Symmetry, a start-up created for carriers to solve the problems of an increasingly mobile-only society. Patterson was most recently President – Wholesale Services for Sprint and has a career that spans over eighteen years in telecom and technology. Patterson welcomes your email@example.com.
What mobile DTV (MDTV) is?
Which networks can deliver true DTV experience to mobile devices?
True Mobile Digital TV (MDTV) means watching live Digital TV (DTV) on mobile devices,
with a user experience similar to the one the consumers are used to on their home TV. This
means having a big variety of shows to watch, with high quality high frame rate video and
quick response time for channel switching. While there are elements in the market that try to
confuse true MDTV with other forms of TV/media distribution that offer poor quality video
and a poor offering of channels, true MDTV is distributed through a dedicated broadcast
Soon real estate professionals will be able to stream their live events and seminars through MDTV channel outlets, keeping consumers up to date on current events within their general areas. Imagine getting updates from destination places around the world, Vacation rentals for lease and a tour performed by the actual owner or representative. Choosing you vacation destination in the near future may become more real than ever before. Rest assure, RealtyGo will be looking into this futuristic type channeling to deliver real estate listings and information as efficiently as possible for everyone using Mobile devices. Keep a look out for MDTV and a new technology boom; does Youtube ring a bell… .
The most common alternatives of DTV distribution to mobile devices are to get the DTV
content through the WiFi network or through the cellular network.
This article explains the different available methods, why the true MDTV experience can be
achieved only by a dedicated broadcast MDTV network and how the MDTV offering can be
broadened by wise usage of all the methods for distribution of DTV, which can provide the
best value and best user experience to the consumer.
1 Methods for Mobile DTV distribution
1.1 Distribution of Mobile DTV through the cellular network
The cellular network is conceptually a unicast network, meaning that the content is
transmitted to each receiver individually, even if several receivers are consuming the same
content simultaneously. Thus with the current deployed and used technologies, distribution
of mobile DTV content through the cellular network is no different than the distribution of any
other data through the cellular network.
There are some technologies for broadcasting content over cellular networks, including
Multimedia Broadcast Multicast Service (MBMS), Integrated Mobile Broadcast (IMB), and
Evolved MBMS (e-MBMS) for LTE networks. These technologies are currently either not
mature yet or not widely used (i.e. deployed). Nevertheless, though currently cellular
networks use unicast transmission for distributing DTV content, this article refers also to
optional future usage of these broadcast technologies.
The main concern that is related to mobile DTV distribution is its relatively high bandwidth
requirement. Watching live DTV content at good quality on mobile devices requires
continuous reception of streaming audio/video (A/V) content at a rate of about 500Kbps.
This reception rate enables the display of good quality video at QVGA resolution and at a
frame rate of 30 frames-per-second (FPS).
In developed countries, current cellular networks are already congested with the increase of
video consumption (YouTube, etc.), live gaming, web surfing and other data-consuming
applications over mobile devices. These networks do not have the bandwidth to provide live
DTV services with a similar user experience to stationary DTV in terms of video quality and
content variety. Recent testimonials to this problem were made public by AT&T, which is
now setting a cap for its subscribers’ data usage, since they need to “ease the congestion”
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T-Mobile needs the WiFi spectrum to compete with Verizon LTE? T-Mobile USA nearing deal for Clearwire spectrum – RealtyGo blog
Verizon’s LTE application gives them superior leverage in the Mobile data transmission space; Will T-Mobile emerge as a huge competitor…?
Deutsche Telekom’s T-Mobile USA unit is getting closer to a deal to buy spectrum from Clearwire (NASDAQ:CLWR), according to a Bloomberg report–the latest twist in the long-rumored relationship between the two companies.
According to the report, which cited unnamed sources familiar with the matter, T-Mobile is the only potential bidder for Clearwire’s spectrum and a deal could happen by the end of the first quarter. T-Mobile CTO Neville Ray said at the carrier’s investor conference last month that the company does not need spectrum in the near-to-medium term, which could give T-Mobile leverage over Clearwire. T-Mobile has been upgrading its HSPA+ network and has not committed to deploying LTE in the near term.
Clearwire, which recently announced a debt offering of $1.33 billion, is seeking additional funding sources to continue its mobile WiMAX network buildout. Clearwire’s WiMAX network is in 71 markets and covers roughly 120 million POPs.
Representatives for Clearwire and T-Mobile declined to comment.
Clearwire late last year disclosed plans to sell off some unneeded spectrum. CFO Erik Prusch said late last year Clearwire was exploring several different options, including selling off spectrum in regional or market-by-market chunks. He said in the top 100 markets Clearwire has 150 MHz to 160 MHz of spectrum.
We posted a picture of a Real Estate listing (Home), a few days ago, with black and white flyers. The listing photographed was selected completely randomly and has no affiliation with RealtyGo or any of our associates. We periodically monitor Local Real Estate Listings to see how we can help add value using modern technology and common sense practices.
The very same listing photographed a week ago,
now has an EMPTY flyer box. Empty flyer boxes are common with all real estate listings; but now there is an alternative way to ensure your listing(s) can always be seen by prospective buyers, new customers, etc.. .
Not only will consumers always get your mobile real estate listing(s) but in the event you need to update your listing(s); like the price, listing status, photos, your availability and open house schedule, you can do so within your RealtyGo login area, under manage listing(s) – then as you change any information within your listing(s), so will displayed information being accessed by prospective buyers, new customers, and other real estate professionals. Imagine not having to reprint flyers and refill all your flyer boxes each time you edit your listings.
RealtyGo allows you to list all your listings within any of your Mobile real estate listings. This gives Prospective buyers and new customers the ability to see your other listings you may have elsewhere or in an adjacent neighborhood while keeping the initial home they were interested in right on their mobile device, Smartphone, iPad, iPhone, Android, Tablet,or any PDA device.
Here is an example of our Full Color Rider signage you can use to promote your Mobile URL (which is the word DEMO, in the Rider sign below) and your Mobile Real Estate Listing(s). We also offer Rider signs in Black and White, Blue, Red and Green or you can simply down load the PDF and email it to your favorite sign company to print for you, any way you like.
Google’s (NASDAQ:GOOG) AdMob mobile advertising network now receives over 2 billion ad requests each day, more than quadrupling requests over the last year. According to Google, the AdMob network now fields more requests in each 24-hour period than it did in the entire month of December 2007; more than 100 million unique Android and iOS devices request ads each month, nearly doubling over the last six months. Asia leads all international markets in terms of regional growth, with monthly ad requests increasing 564 percent over the past year–Western Europe is next at 471 percent, followed by Oceania (363 percent) and North America (266 percent).
Google acquired AdMob for $750 million in 2009, finalizing the deal last May. According to research firm IDC, Google controlled 59 percent of the U.S. mobile advertising market (including search and display ads) at the end of 2010; prior to the AdMob deal, Google represented 48.6 percent. Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL), which in January 2010 acquired mobile ad network Quattro Wireless for $275 million and introduced its iAd platform in July, finished 2010 controlling 8.4 percent of the market, IDC adds.
Slightly more than a third of all U.S. subscribers used a downloaded mobile application in November 2010–up 1.1 percentage points over the previous three-month period–according to digital research firm comScore. In addition, 67.1 percent of subscribers used text messaging services in November, up 0.5 percentage points, and 23.5 percent accessed social networks or blogs, a 1.0 percentage point increase. comScore adds that mobile gaming attracted 22.6 percent of the U.S. wireless audience, and 15.0 percent tuned in to mobile music services.
According to comScore, about 61.5 million U.S. subscribers own smartphones as of November, up 10 percent over the preceding three-month period and a figure certain to increase even more significantly following the recent holiday season. Research In Motion’s (NASDAQ:RIMM) BlackBerry operating system continues to lead the U.S. market at 33.5 percent of subscribers, but its dominance is shrinking rapidly, decreasing 4.1 percentage points over the previous three months. Google’s (NASDAQ:GOOG) Android is now in second overall at 26.0 percent market share (a 6.4 percentage points leap), edging past Apple’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) iOS at 25.0 percent (up 0.8 percentage points). Microsoft’s (NASDAQ:MSFT) Windows Phone fell further off the pace in November, sliding 1.8 percentage points to capture 9.0 percent of the U.S. smartphone market.
Internet telephony services provider Skype entered a definitive agreement to acquire mobile video software and services provider Qik. The transaction is expected to close later this month; financial terms were not disclosed, but multiple insider sources peg the purchase price at $100 million.
Qik’s platform enables consumers to capture and share video across mobile devices, the web and the desktop–content can be shared in real time or archived. The Qik solution extends across more than 200 mobile phones spanning the iOS, Android, BlackBerry, Windows Mobile and Symbian operating systems; in addition, Qik comes preloaded on a series of devices via partnerships with multiple manufacturers and mobile operators.
According to Skype, the acquisition bolsters its existing video calling services by adding recording, sharing and storage capabilities to its product portfolio. In addition, Skype can leverage Qik’s Smart Streaming technology, which optimizes video transmission over wireless networks. Approximately 40 percent of Skype-to-Skype calls take place over video.