Any dip in North American iPhone sales is bound to have an impact on U.S. mobile carriers, in particularly AT&T which has leaned heavily on the iPhone for years.
In just two years, the US and Canada have spawned 15 LTE networks and 21.5 million LTE subscriptions, according to Wireless Intelligence. Verizon was the first major operator to launch LTE, and it’s used its head start well, racking up 14.9 million 4G connections.
Family member locator apps will grow into a big business as tracking services gravitate from specialized devices to the smartphone, according to Berg Insight. Sixteen million people use a GPS or cellular tracking service today, but smartphones will drive that number to 70 million in 2016.
Mobile apps may not be shipped on galleons or via airfreight, but they are definitely crossing oceans. According to data from VisionMobile’s recent developer survey, a big market around the import and export of apps has emerged globally.
There are a lot of new mobile virtual network operators popping up lately, from Republic Wireless to Ting. MVNOs practically went extinct in the last decade, but recently they’ve enjoyed a big resurgence. According to Wireless Intelligence, there are now 812 of them globally.
Globally, nearly one-in-five wired workers telecommute on a frequent basis, but the number working from outside the office varies enormously between regions, with those in the developing world reporting far more mobility than Europeans and North Americans.
“Cloud first” markets — those where companies’ first serious engagements with information technology are in the form of cloud computing — are beginning to emerge. For the BRIC economies in particular, this might mean a chance to adopt low-cost solutions that will give companies a clear competitive advantage over more established enterprises bogged down by legacy infrastructure. Many pieces are already in place, and so it is worth pondering where the real force behind our knowledge industries will wind up in the next few years.