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India Mobile Market Headed for a Tough Two Years

Bill Barney, CEO of Reliance Communications, has within his portfolio long haul transport, enterprise, cloud and mobile operations in India. And the emergence of Reliance Jio, which has launched an “all-4G” network in India, has forced the whole industry to respond, both by investing fast in new 4G networks, and by cutting prices in a […]

5G Will See Winners and Losers

As often happens, important new technologies and products have a “hype cycle,” where high expectations then encounter fatigue, and only later is the value obvious. So it is not surprising that some are skeptical about 5G. Actually, both the “5G is the next big thing” and “5G will be an expensive failure” points of view […]

5G Job, GDP Impact Could be Large

5G networks could create up to three million jobs and add approximately $500 billion to U.S. GDP through direct and indirect potential benefits, while anchoring the development of smart cities initiatives, according to report authored by Accenture, commissioned by CTIA, predicts. Anchoring those benefits are direct investment by mobile operators of perhaps $275 billion nationwide […]

Hard to Sell What Others Give Away

Some idea of the challenges faced by most mobile service providers is heavy discounting of even the most-important new services, offered over the latest platforms. Consider that, in India, always a hugely competitive market,  Idea Cellular may soon launch promotional mobile data offers lasting one to 1.5 years that offer unlimited free mobile data for […]

5G a Winner or Loser? Yes and Yes

As often happens, important new technologies and products have a “hype cycle,” where high expectations then encounter fatigue, and only later is the value obvious. So it is not surprising that some are skeptical about 5G. Actually, both the “5G is the next big thing” and “5G will be an expensive failure” points of view […]

Global IoT Spending Will Grow at 16% Through 2020

Global spending on internet of things (IoT) is slated to grow at a 15.6 percent compound annual growth rate (CAGR) between 2015 and 2020, to nearly $1.29 trillion in 2020 from $737 billion in 2016, according to International Data Corporation (IDC),   Perhaps significantly, while 31 percent of that revenue will come from the sale […]

Pre-5G for Telkomsel

Some will characterize networks called “pre-5G” as “4G” platforms that eventually can be upgraded to support 5G standards, when they are available. As with much marketing hype, there is some truth to such claims. ZTE Corp. says its Indonesian customer Telkomsel has commercially launched a pre-5G network in Makassar, the capital of Sulawesi, and Manado. […]

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