The IDC says in a new report published Thursday that the combined consumer and enterprise worldwide wireless local area network (WLAN) market segments increased 13.7% year over year in the third quarter of 2013.
The details are listed in the latest edition of the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly WLAN Tracker.
Once again, the enterprise segment continued to grow at a very healthy rate and increased another 12.8% over the same period last year.
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On Monday, The Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA), shared with MMW the published findings of a new report on the Wi-Fi hotspot market compiled by global research company Maravedis-Rethink.
According to the results of the survey, Tier 1 Mobile Operators expect 22% of all additional data capacity added during 2013-2014 to come from Wi-Fi offload.
By 2018, Wi-Fi offload is predicted to contribute 20% of additional mobile data capacity plus a further 21% will come from small cells with integrated Wi-Fi.
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Over the weekend, Qualcomm Incorporated-owned Qualcomm Atheros, Inc. launched a new chip family as part of its portfolio of low-power Wi-Fi solutions.
The QCA4002 and QCA4004 networking platforms include the IP stack and full networking services on the chip to enable customers to add Wi-Fi to virtually any product, the company says.
The platforms feature an on-chip processor and memory, which are designed to eliminate the need for a system controller that adds to product cost, complexity and power consumption.
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For the second time in so many weeks, AT&T has enabled its ultra-fast 4G LTE network in several more U.S. cities.
The latest activations were confirmed Wednesday by the nation’s second largest mobile carrier.
As a part of the carrier’s move to cover as many markets as possible by the end of 2013, AT&T is proceeding quickly to bring its “ultra-fast 4G LTE network coverage” to the nation.
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Incredibly, a majority of cellphone users still experience the dreaded “Can you Hear Me Now?” when trying to talk on their mobile devices indoors.
The recent “State of the Cell Phone Signal” infographic by zBoost highlights the “history, forecast and frustrations” of consumers when it comes to indoor cell phone signal including. According to the data presented:
- 65 percent of online cell phone and smartphone owners experience cell phone signal issues indoors.
- By 2017, 50% of the world will have 4G access.
- 69 percent of online cell phone and smartphone owners who make calls indoors have done something special to improve signal reception.
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AT&T announced Monday that its Enhanced Push-to-Talk (EPTT) feature is now available to AT&T business customers through a new app available for iPhone 5 and iPhone 4S.
According to Monday’s announcement, this marks the first time a U.S. carrier is offering push-to-talk capabilities on the iPhone.
AT&T Enhanced Push-to-Talk can even be used over Wi-Fi now, representing yet another first.
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The remake of Total Recall illustrated an interesting concept for the future of communication technology. People could embed electronic circuitry into their hands and use their palms as smartphones. Insert your joke here about where they embedded fax machines. The interesting and relevant cinematic device was the use of external glass surfaces as remote screens, engaged merely by touch. Now it certainly looked cool and I’m sure we can all agree that at some point transparent substrates and circuitry may permit for clear screens but to me the impact of this idea is more immediate.
I often write about disruption and evolution of technology. The iWatch is certainly one of the most anticipated new technologies, perhaps more so because of what it could be or become then what it is likely to initially arrive as. Pebble is a great idea but much like the TI-99 in comparison to the iPad there is certainly a long way for it to go.
Imagine an iWatch that through Bluetooth, NFC or another next gen communication protocol could take over any compatible screen around you. In the car, it could take over your ultra high res nav screen. At home it could take over your iTV. At the office it could take over your computer monitor. Unlike Total Recall, you won’t need to touch a screen to engage and certainly won’t need a bottle of Windex at hand. It’s been reported recently that Apple has applied for patents in the area of eye movement and detection. As I mentioned in a previous article, I see this as core to the evolution of a next gen Google Glass like product. Imagine if Apple integrates the iWatch with this technology. Browse TV programming through eye movement on your iTV. Navigate your computer screen or navigation unit by eye tracking. Apple has already demonstrated their prowess in hardware and has the ability to disrupt all screen technology. This cocktail of technologies can easily position the iWatch as the next flexible and wearable computing platform. What do you think?
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