Not that we needed yet another data-point explaining why China is such an important mobile market or anything but Reuters is happy to provide one. On Monday, it reported that for the first time ever, more people in China access the web on a mobile device as opposed to a PC. The data comes from the China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC) and says that of the 632 million internet users in China, 83 percent (527 million) used a phone or tablet to do so. That compares with 81 percent of the connected population accessing the web through a PC, with some overlap between the two of course.
Half of the world’s mobile carriers are exempting at least one app from data charges, according to Allot. More often than not, that app is Facebook. The subsidized mobile internet is becoming a key carrier draw.
Aquto’s use of AT&T’s controversial new subsidized internet program is definitely benign: it’s compensating mobile users for data consumed while viewing ads. But is its use case typical or the exception?
Smartphones will expand rapidly into the developing world, according to Ericsson, not only because devices will become cheaper. Cheaper data plan options and the economic benefits of mobile internet connectivity will help drive their proliferation.
The innovation in the cloud has far exceeded the pace of innovation in the mobile network, according to Ericsson CTO Ulf Ewaldsson. One way to catch up is to move the mobile network into the cloud.
Facebook’s Internet.org wants to streamline the wireless industry, making mobile data available to billions of people. It’s a noble goal, but as Facebook acknowledges, it needs to start with its own notoriously data-hungry apps.
Cisco entered the data center business in 2009 and four years later, that has turned into a $2 billion a year business and there are no signs of a slowdown. Looks like Cisco built the right products at the right time.
AT&T is seeking a guinea pig to test out its idea for a subsidized mobile internet, and Hulu fits the bill perfectly. If Hulu foots the bill for its own data traffic, consumers could stream video to their hearts’ content.
Content providers will soon pay mobile carriers to exempt their traffic from consumers’ mobile data plans, says AT&T’s Randall Stephenson. That may seem like a good deal for consumers but in the long-term it’s actually a raw deal.
ESPN is reportedly in negotiations with Verizon to exempt its content from the carrier’s data caps. Such a deal would set a precedence for a very different mobile internet than the one we know today.