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Mobile, tablet TV revenues to hit $9.5bn ‘within four years’ (Original)

iPad miniRevenues from mobile and tablet television streaming is set to rocket to nearly US$10 billion (€7.8 billion) by 2017, according to a new report.

Streaming and download services on mobile and tablet devices revenues will reach US$9.5 billion within four years, up from US$4.5 billion this year, according to Juniper Research.

“In order to be truly successful in the future, I think we will see players emerge who are prioritising their customers’ preferences; they will do this by utilising cloud technology, allowing consumers to resume playback on different devices, and enabling offline viewing,” said Sian Rowlands, author of the Mobile & Tablet TV Video: Content, Broadcast & OTT Strategies 2013 report.

The key three markets for mobile and tablet TV and video will be North America, Western Europe and the Far East and China, whose combined revenue share will comprise more than 80% of the total. Latin America is also expected to become a key player, with the football World Cup and the Olympics being held in Brazil in 2014 and 2016, respectively.

However, the report warns mobile operators will come under increasingly pressure to improve their network capacity in order to delivery high quality video, while at the same time attracting revenues from usage.…

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Cloud, mobility to fuel SDN adoption (Original)

The blurring of boundaries between networks and devices stemming from the cloud trend is one factor behind the drive toward software defined networking in enterprise networks.

Manually administered networks can be a barrier to any cloud move due to the latter's need for agility, and SDN holds potential for lifting this barrier. Recently, NTT Communications announced its SDN-based cloud migration service that touts the ability for speed up the move from legacy to enterprise cloud.

SDN's purported promise of automation within the network is expected to facilitate the self-select and automatic provisioning process that is part of any business seeking to go on the cloud today, says Mike Banic, VP for global marketing at HP Networking.

SDN remains a relatively new concept in the networking industry but benefits touted include the elimination of what Gartner analyst Mark McDonald terms 'human middleware', the IT professionals whose job in the network consists primarily inputting command lines and scripting. SDN boasts the ability for the command line input and scripting procedures to be applied to the network as a whole.

This function signifies greater efficiency in the data center as the cloud, BYOD and Big Data have resulted in a large number of devices that have placed strain on both networks and IT administrators.…

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Tired of Apple and Google? Meet the dark horse mobile OSes you’ve never heard of (Original)

Android and iPhone currently hold a near duopoly in the smartphone market, but four new entrants are trying to join the fight this year. Tizen, Firefox OS, Sailfish OS, and Ubuntu Phone will all be available by the end of the year. Do any of them stand a chance?

The post Tired of Apple and Google? Meet the dark horse mobile OSes you’ve never heard of appeared first on Digital Trends.…

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Southwest, Dish team up to offer free in-flight TV on mobile devices (Original)

Definitely a great source of entertainment during Southwest flights, the airline and Dish Network have partnered to provide passengers access to a selection of live television stations on mobile devices for free.

The post Southwest, Dish team up to offer free in-flight TV on mobile devices appeared first on Digital Trends.…

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Skype’s Mobile Future: A Few Thoughts on the Road Ahead (Original)

Skype was founded under the simple principle that “the whole world can talk for free,” and I’m not sure any of us could have imagined the remarkable effect this would have had in our daily lives. From millions of young families sharing their weekly video call with proud grandparents, to connecting students around the world with Skype in the Classroom, to bringing families together of all kinds – Skype has become a fundamental part of how the world communicates.

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That said, when you ask people “What’s Skype?”, pretty often the answer you’ll get is “it’s a free video calling app for your PC or Mac.” We love that; that got us to where we are today. But, as we all know, the world has changed. People’s computers are just as much in their pockets as on their desks, and Skype has grown up right along with this increasingly mobile world. Here’s a few things you may not know about us:

  • At certain points in the day, there are more people using Skype from their phone or tablet than from a PC.
  • Each month, the growth rate of new users coming to Skype on a tablet or phone is double what it was the year before.

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Telcos primed for mobile cloud plunge (Original)

As the influx of smartphones, tablets, netbooks and laptops continues in the workplace, employees are pushing for state-of-the art mobile applications and cloud storage options to get their work done while on the go.
 
There is clearly a huge market potential here with dramatic growth predicted in the coming years. According to Gartner, 7% of consumer content was stored in the cloud in 2011, and by 2016 it will rise to 36%.
 
As consumers and enterprise users flock to personal clouds, and convergence brings together different companies and sectors - both as competitors and collaborators - across traditional boundaries of industry and technology, communications service providers (CSPs) can participate by developing their own carrier-based versions to provide safe storage for consumer's personal data.
 
In fact, they are uniquely positioned to provide such services.
 
Mobile cloud computing, however, is also creating many core challenges that may come as a surprise to many CSPs.  Successful implementation means addressing the critical concerns around security, storage and system architectures.
 
In many companies, software-as-a-service (SaaS) adoption may already be widespread without proper governance. In some cases, various departments may have bypassed the IT department and adopted multiple SaaS applications.
 
In others, the company's data resides in the servers of SaaS firms that are unfamiliar or sometimes completely unknown to the IT department.…

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Most mobile TV viewing happens at home (Original)

New research has shown that most viewing of TV content on mobile devices happens in the home. A Council for Research Excellence study into mobile viewing found that 82% of tablet and 64% of smartphone TV viewing happened at home.

Other key takeaways in the TV Untethered report include the fact that over 40 million consumers in the US are now watching TV content on mobile devices.

By genre, drama is the most popular, accounting for 31% of tablet viewing and 27% on smartphones. Comedy was second with 20% and 24% of all viewing across tablets and phones.

In family homes, the research suggested that mobile devices are being used to allow different family members to view different programmes at the same time.

Convenience and multi-episode binge viewing are driving mobile viewing, the report authors added, while ad avoidance is not a primary motivator, the Nielsen-backed Council for Research Excellence noted.

The study took in information from 6,000 participants. Chris Neal , VP at Chadwick Martin Bailey, which conducted the research said: “Today’s mobile devices are having a screen multiplier effect within households, leading to an increase in overall TV consumption. They are not replacing television sets, but they are impacting TV viewing habits in a way that is too fundamental for anyone in the media and advertising industries to ignore.”

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Ericsson predicts 60% annual mobile video growth (Original)

Ericsson logoEricsson has tipped video traffic in mobile networks to grow by around 60% annually through to 2018.

According to Ericsson’s latest Mobility Report, video will account for around half of all global mobile data traffic by 2018, driven by better network speeds – with 60% of the world’s population due to by covered by LTE in 2018.

Data traffic volumes doubled between Q1 2012 and Q1 2013, and are expected to grow 12-fold by 2018, Ericsson said, claiming that video already makes up the largest segment of data traffic in networks. Video consumption is on average 2.6GB per subscription per month in some networks, the firm said.

“Video streaming services in some markets have shown a very strong uptake: people use services such as Netflix, HBO and Vimeo on all types of devices. As video conferencing evolves beyond fixed facilities in meeting rooms to being used on mobile devices, it will also drive video traffic growth in mobile networks,” the report said.

However, though video is popular, consumers spend more time on social networking at an average of up to 85 minutes per day in some networks, Ericsson said.

“Accessing the internet through dedicated apps such as social networks and picture messaging will drive mobile traffic development.…

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40% of mobile apps will leverage cloud by 2016, says report (Original)

Cloud mobile back-end services stand to become key component of app development ecosystem

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Study shows iPhone and iPad account for the bulk of mobile Web traffic (Original)

A new study shows that, despite being the most prolific OS, Android users generate half the amount of Web traffic as iOS users. However, the study only looked at U.S. data and a small pool of just 10 Web sites.…

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