Mobile World Congress kicked off this week in Barcelona, and we’ve already seen a flurry of activity, tech announcements and reports released at the conference.
- Video to Reach 90% of Mobile Data Traffic by 2017. As FierceBroadbandWireless reports, Ericsson shared some industry predictions at the company’s briefing Monday and announced that within the next 3-4 years, video will account for 90% of all mobile broadband traffic and that there will be 6.5 billion mobile broadband subscriptions globally by 2018.
- Europe Falling Well Behind Competitors in Global 4G Race. A Reuters piece highlights the growing difference between European and United States’ telecom companies ability to invest in advanced networks and the impact this has on consumers. European carriers suffer from a heavily regulated market with aggressive price controls, which has led to the continent falling well behind the United States and other global competitors in the race to state-of-the-art 4G wireless networks and services. As Bernstein analyst Robin Bienenstock notes in the article, “If you are an American consumer, especially in a big city, there has been a tangible improvement in what you’re being offered on mobile speeds, whereas for Europeans, there has been a deterioration in quality.”
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