In a glass half full/half empty conundrum, a pair of analyst reports reached the conclusion that connected devices are making inroads into the consumer's home entertainment setup, but are not ubiquitous by any stretch of the imagination.
Sprint Nextel's announcement last week that it had inked a deal with module provider u-blox to be Sprint's preferred module provider for its 2G (1xRTT) CDMA network caught my attention for a few reasons, mainly because it's clearly designed at winning away machine-to-machine business from AT&T Mobility, which plans on shutting down its 2G network by 2017. I think Sprint can steal some of this business, and even though the customers and connections are low-bandwidth and provide low average revenue per user.
AT&T Mobility today officially launched its long-awaited Digital Life home security and automation service, an effort aimed at growing its business beyond smartphones. The carrier's base home security service will start at $30 per month.
Verizon is pulling its most popular widget, YouTube, from its FiOS interactive menu, the carrier has informed its existing customers. A direct Internet stream will be available to new set-tops starting later this year for subscribers who want to access the Google-owned video service.
AT&T Mobility missed its planned March launch of its Digital Life home automation service, and the company is staying mum on when it will roll out the service and why the launch was delayed.
AT&T Mobility said it will effectively double the number of markets where it will initially launch its Digital Life home automation service from eight to 15. However, the company has not named the markets or said when exactly the service will begin.
In the next few years, there will be the beginning of a price war in the family shared data plan market between U.S. carriers. To stay ahead, we are likely to see the carriers embrace truly flexible and affordable shared data plans in the U.S for smartphones, tablets and next-gen connected devices alike.
BARCELONA, Spain--Qualcomm is in discussions with multiple home appliance makers about its AllJoyn wireless proximal networking software project, and hopes by mid-year to announce partners, according to a Qualcomm executive.
Forward-looking service providers and OEMs recognize that they must adapt their business models to the emerging environment of M2M and connected, wearable devices to take advantage of future growth. Those that do not could be left behind.
Limelight Networks sees an opportunity to build its business serving customers--current and yet-to-be-signed--who are facing increasing demand from their own customers to deliver digital content, and increasing digital video content, on any available connected device.