Google’s Project Loon aims to bring remote parts of the globe online with a ring of floating balloons.
The balloons will drift through the stratosphere—which is about twice as high as commercial planes fly—to deliver 3G service to off-the-grid areas.
The major causes for low subscribership, as extensive survey research shows, are low interest in the Internet and minimal digital literacy. And too many American households lack the money or interest to buy a computer.
Our broadband subscription rate is 70 percent, but could easily surpass 90 percent if computer ownership and digital literacy were widespread.
Wireless communication has become so ubiquitous and reliable that the idea of giving up a land line is now a viable option for a significant number of the population.
The question then becomes: what does wireless ubiquity mean for us in the future?
Right now, more than 90% of the global population is already covered by a mobile-cellular network. By the end of 2013 we expect the number of mobile-broadband subscriptions to hit 2 billion, while more than half of the world’s people will live within reach of a mobile-broadband signal.
At the same time, wired networks – including fibre and cable – are increasingly bringing ultra-high speeds right to users’ doorsteps.
4G LTE subscriptions in the U.S. are expected to reach 262 million by 2017 and represent 70 percent of the total — as operators turn to mergers and acquisitions to acquire spectrum, according to Pyramid Research.
The mobile market landscape is changing rapidly due to a series of M&A events, driven largely by a growing need for additional spectrum and scale benefits.
via Pyramid Research
Mobile payments, performed via a device such as a smartphone, is clearly a fast growing sector of the global communications and retail-related marketplace.
At the end of 2012, there were 480 million mobile payment users worldwide — this number is expected to cross the 1 billion users mark by the end of 2015.
Like the rest of the world, Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) is turning increasingly towards mobile solutions and away from the traditional telephone services.
The region is ahead of the world average, having reached 112% mobile penetration at end-2012 — against a global rate of around 96%. However, over 80% of LAC’s mobile subscribers are on prepaid plans.
The adoption of mobile internet access across the globe is a phenomenal success story for the telecommunications sector. Global mobile data traffic expanded by 69 percent in 2012 and is anticipated to grow by 72 percent in 2013 — to reach 23,000 Peta Bytes.
By 2018 total mobile data traffic will likely eclipse 131,000 Peta Bytes, according to ABI Research.
If we compare revenues in telecom services and over-the-top (OTT) services from 2007-2015, we can observe flat revenues for traditional telecom businesses being around 6 billion EUR.
In opposite, OTT service revenues are skyrocketing to reach 1.7 billion EUR in 2015.
Wireless carriers are exploring options to offload additional coverage and capacity to small cells and WiFi access points, which have so far been deployed by more than 150 global mobile network service providers.
Small cells, carrier WiFi, DAS and Cloud RAN infrastructure investments will account for a $42 Billion ecosystem by 2020.