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Only 18% of US consumers aware of different types of 5G spectrum: study

  Only 18% of U.S. consumers have heard of and understand the difference between the 5G network band types such as mid-band or high-band (Millimeter Wave) currently available in the U.S., according to the latest Mobile Connectivity Report from NPD’s Connected Intelligence. The report also showed...

Reader Forum: Femtocells are growing up

Editor's Note: Welcome to our weekly Reader Forum section. In an attempt to broaden our interaction with our readers we have created this forum for those with something meaningful to say to the wireless industry. We want to keep this as open as possible,...

Reader Forum: Cellular at a crossroads?

Editor's Note: Welcome to our weekly Reader Forum section. In an attempt to broaden our interaction with our readers we have created this forum for those with something meaningful to say to the wireless industry. We want to keep this as open as possible,...

Report: Cameraphones to generate innovation

The U.S. mobile imaging market is expected to generate more than $500 million in revenues in 2013, according to a new report form research firm Parks Associates.The company said it believes the mobile imaging market will grow beyond photo-sharing services to include personalized content...

I want my m-TV free

If there's one lesson to be gleaned from all the mobile TV trials in the last year or so, it's that users aren't very interested in paying for the stuff. In just the last couple of weeks: . Toshiba said it will shutter its Mobile...

GPS-enabled cellphones to hit 834M units by 2012

Global shipments of GPS-enabled mobile devices will grow at 40% per year for the next five years to reach 834 million units in 2012, according to a new report from Parks Associates.The forecast includes personal navigation devices, mobile handsets and smart phones, portable media...

Social networking: Valuations vs. reality: Sites now face problem of converting users into revenues

AOL L.L.C. last week became the latest Internet player to bet big on social networking, agreeing to plunk down a whopping $850 million for Bebo.com. But turning Bebo's impressive online and mobile traffic into dollars could be a challenge.While MySpace and Facebook have drawn...

Content kings urged to share the wealth: Report encourages Hollywood to give content away in order to goose market

Hollywood content producers looking to cash in on mobile should take a cue from The Red Hot Chili Peppers and give it away - now.That's the message of a white paper released last week from Parks Associates and the think tank Entertainment Technology Center...

Report: Mobile content use will increase if it’s free

Vendors trying to cash in on mobile content should start by giving the stuff away, according to a new white paper from Parks Associates and the think tank Entertainment Technology Center @ USC.The mobile video market is plagued with challenges including limited bandwidth,...

Worst of the Week: Meyertime!

Hello! And welcome to our Thursday column, Worst of the Week. There's a lot of nutty stuff that goes on in this industry, so this column is a chance for us at RCR Wireless News to rant and rave about whatever rubs us the...

Study: Mobile TV market poised for consolidation

DALLAS—The U.S. mobile video market can’t support all the multimedia networks scheduled to come online in the next 18 months, according to a new report from Parks Associates. The prospects appear bright for Sprint Nextel Corp.’s planned WiMAX network and Qualcomm Inc.’s MediaFlo, according...

Asia-Pacific leads mobile gaming market, study shows

DALLAS—Mobile gaming is hot in the Asia-Pacific region; twice as many Asians play games on their phone as compared with users in Europe and North America, according to a new report from Parks Associates. The report, "Networked Gaming: Driving the Future," found more than...

Music bundles make sense in mobile arena

If Amp'd Mobile Inc.'s bargain-basement full-track download music service was designed to get attention, it's working. The recently launched mobile virtual network operator made headlines a few weeks ago when it said it would match the price of Apple Computer Inc.'s iTunes service, selling...

House OKs Dec. 31, 2008, DTV transition date

WASHINGTON-The House of Representatives late Thursday passed its version of budget reconciliation, which sets the hard date for the transition to digital TV at Dec. 31, 2008, with an auction beginning Jan. 7, 2008.Congress is considering a hard date for the DTV transition as...

Small group will drive mobile TV services, says Parks

DALLAS-The early market for video content and live TV services on mobile platforms will be driven by a small but dedicated group of users, according to a new report from Parks Associates. Parks said the majority of these consumers belong to a consumer segment...

Group balks at plan to charge $1 a handset to cover DRM costs

An association of mobile carriers and content firms joined the fight last week against a group of technology companies it said is looking to overcharge for anti-piracy software. The Mobile Entertainment Forum blasted a proposal by MPEG LA, the licensing authority of the Moving...

Wireless industry has advantage in DRM standards

DALLAS-Research and consulting firm Parks Associates said the mobile-phone industry is in a unique position to set digital rights management standards that will work for consumers and industry players."Unlike the personal computing and consumer electronics spaces, the mobile-phone industry has been able to develop...

More households use Wi-Fi than Ethernet, says survey

DALLAS-The number of households that use Wi-Fi technology for home networking has now surpassed the number that use Ethernet, according to a new Parks Associates survey. According to the "Global Digital Living" report, 52 percent of U.S. households with home networking use Wi-Fi while...

More households use Wi-Fi than Ethernet, says survey

DALLAS-The number of households that use Wi-Fi technology for home networking has now surpassed the number that use Ethernet, according to a new Parks Associates survey.According to the "Global Digital Living" report, 52 percent of U.S. households with home networking use Wi-Fi while 50...

WiMax includes two variations, says Parks

DALLAS-Although it is often thought of as a single wireless standard, WiMax actually addresses multiple areas of the telecommunications market, according to a new report from Parks Associates called "Untethering Broadband: WiMax, 802.20 and Others."The standard offers two major value propositions, including broadband access...

Wireless welcomed into the home

The popularity of Wi-Fi, decreasing wireless chipset prices and consumer affinity for high-tech gadgets combined with a desire for simplicity all add up to the likelihood that wireless home networks will become more than a luxury in our society."Home networking already has become fairly...

Parks optimistic on unlicensed broadband wireless

DALLAS-Research firm Parks Associates said unlicensed broadband wireless technologies will bring recurring revenue of approximately $2 billion by 2008, with a compound growth rate of about 50 percent.Residential services will take the lead, followed by the small enterprise market, according to the report titled...

Parks optimistic on unlicensed broadband wireless

DALLAS-Research firm Parks Associates said unlicensed broadband wireless technologies will bring recurring revenue of approximately $2 billion by 2008, with a compound growth rate of about 50 percent.Residential services will take the lead, followed by the small enterprise market, according to the report titled...

Handset manufacturers likely to make bundled WLAN-WAN devices

The evolution of the wireless local area network industry has been so dramatic that it seems almost a certainty that mobile-phone makers will include WLAN technology in future wireless devices.Indeed, all the major mobile-phone chip makers have announced plans to include 802.11 technology in...

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