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May 27, 2014

T-Mobile Gains Customers, Advances on Competition

Despite heavy losses of $151 million from promotional efforts in Q1, T-Mobile advances toward a total of 50 million customers. Could T-Mobile’s revolutionary strategy be working?
May 22, 2014

A Breakdown of Big Telecom Mergers

How recent deals between AT&T and DirecTV, Comcast and Time Warner Cable could potentially affect the mobile Industry, and what these mergers mean for you and everyone else.
May 21, 2014

Tablet Sales Intensify in 1Q14

Thanks to aggressive data promotions for tablets, the growing popularity of data sharing plans and progress in the tablet market, tablets boasted some of the most promising numbers for carriers from Q1.
May 15, 2014

New Kill Switches Will Ensure Smartphone Security

Last month, The Wireless Association (CTIA) began requiring major device manufacturers and network operators to offer the kill option on smartphones manufactured after July 2015.
May 12, 2014

LTE is Quickly Becoming a Global Standard

Experts say that 497 network operators from 150 countries around the world have made firm commitments to deploy LTE networks, paving the road to making LTE a global standard.
May 5, 2014

T-Mobile is Next in Line to Expand LTE

T-Mobile closed a $2.4 billion buyout of A-Band 700MHz spectrum from Verizon Wireless, a low-band spectrum deal that will open the door for better in-building, suburban and rural coverage by the end of 2014.
April 28, 2014

Your Android Device May Be Vulnerable to Hackers

In the aftermath of Heartbleed, internet security is coming under close scrutiny. But it turns out that being hacked is still a very real threat for certain Android devices, calling enterprise mobile security into question.
April 23, 2014

Android Device Sales Continue to Dramatically Increase

Sales of Google OS devices more than double the sales of any other OS devices this year; however, Apple still earns more market profit. Meanwhile, Microsoft lags as PC sales decrease.
April 21, 2014

Make BYOD Security a Priority, ASAP

As BYOD becomes an increasingly widespread trend in the workplace, a recent survey reveals that employees using personal devices in the workplace could be leaving themselves (and their companies) open to attack.
April 17, 2014

The Smart Device Industry Continues to Grow

Sales of mobile phones, the largest segment of the smart device market, are expected to increase 4.9 percent from 2013 to 2014, reaching a predicted 1.9 billion units.
April 7, 2014

The State of LTE in the United States

A report by OpenSignal highlights the differences between the U.S.’s four biggest carriers (AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon) in terms of speed and coverage of their LTE networks.
April 3, 2014

Sprint is Making Moves to Expand its LTE Network

Working in collaboration with rural carriers, Sprint is aiming to build broad LTE coverage through roaming agreements. Overall, this could mean good things for mobile users...
March 27, 2014

Data Revenue Finally Exceeds Voice Revenue in the U.S.

Ever since wireless carriers first began offering mobile data services, widespread data consumption in the mobile industry has skyrocketed, exceeding 50 percent and surpassing voice revenue for the first time.
March 26, 2014

How to Prepare for the Next Wireless Transformation

Wireless has been the single most influential technology development in recent memory. Now we need to upgrade our systems as we speed toward the next step of wireless advancement: ubiquitous mobility.
March 24, 2014

Cisco Will Spend $1 Billion to Offer Cloud Computing Services

Despite a lofty price tag of about $1 billion, Cisco wants a piece of the action in the cloud computing sector. It's a bold plan to cash in on the recent corporate trend of renting cloud computing services...
March 14, 2014

T-Mobile Boldly Paves the Way to An Uncertain Future

Stakes are high as the fourth-largest carrier in the U.S. continues its “UnCarrier” strategy. Despite a promising Q4 in 2013, T-Mobile's losses also swelled to a whopping $20 million last quarter.
March 6, 2014

The State of Today’s Global LTE Environment

As more users utilize 4G LTE capabilities, the overall quality of networks around the world is rapidly improving. But in terms of good coverage and fast speeds, LTE still has a long way to go to achieve its full potential.
February 25, 2014

Verizon Leaves Vodafone Behind, Seeking More Independence

Verizon's $130 billion deal with Vodafone is finally complete, leaving Verizon as the sole proprietor of Verizon Wireless. The acquisition is part of Verizon's overall plan to gain independence and build a more integrated environment.
February 21, 2014

A Closer Look at the Recent Surge in Data Usage

In light of the 2013 study revealing that mobile data usage is happening at an unprecedented rate, research also revealed that a mere 0.1 percent of LTE subscribers are responsible for as much as half of 4G data usage.
February 19, 2014

Increased Data Consumption Sparks Progress in WiFi Networks

According to recent studies, we're consuming data faster than ever. Operators are turning to “offloading” to handle the data traffic crowding their mobile networks, particularly as technology like LTE continues to steadily flourish.
February 10, 2014

How to Ensure Mobile Security

While fast speeds and easy access to mobile Internet make LTE the next generation mobile technology, LTE devices are also more susceptible to security threats than their 3G counterparts. Defend your mobile device against increasing malware threats...
January 28, 2014

Bob Cannon Talks Family, Entrepreneurship and Cannon Group

Cannon Group co-founder Bob Cannon was interviewed by Executive Leaders Radio, a radio show that conducts interviews with prominent CEOs, CFOs, and Presidents.
January 22, 2014

The Five Most Important Cloud Investments for Business in 2014

According to a study by Aberdeen Group surveying cloud usage in various businesses, business cloud users will increase their annual cloud spend by 8.6 percent, much greater than the predicted 1 percent increase in overall IT spending.*
January 13, 2014

CIOs: How to Regain Control Over Your Priorities

The role of the CIO has become essential in business. However, more importance on technology means more pressure on CIOs and their teams, and most CIOs and IT organizations are too busy managing the existing technologies already in place.
January 2, 2014

What to Expect for Telecom in 2014

With 2013 officially in the past, it’s time to start looking toward the future. According to a report by Morgan Stanley, 2014 could bring lots of change for the telecom industry.
December 18, 2013

Expect Higher Telecom Expenses

You might be shocked to see that select telecom bills have increased this month, and you won’t be the only one. As of this month, carriers are hiking up surcharges like the notable increase of AT&T’s Federal Access Recovery Fee (aka FARF) for internet services.
December 17, 2013

Major US Wireless Carriers Will Allow Device Unlocking

Thanks to an intervention last month by the FCC, cell phone users will soon have the freedom to unlock devices after their contracts expire. Unlocking lets users move seamlessly between networks or use their devices while traveling overseas.
December 12, 2013

Best Practices for Choosing the Right EMM Solution

One of the most effective ways to stay ahead of the rapidly growing mobile world is to adopt an enterprise mobility management (EMM) solution. According to a recent multi-market BYOD study, telecom business leaders are facing a critical decision: adapt to changing BYOD behavior, or be left in the dust.
December 6, 2013

Keeping Your Smartphone (And Personal Information) Safe

With an ever-increasing proliferation of smartphones in the market, a problem also emerges: the issue of smartphone theft. It’s a huge-scale problem with hundreds of devices stolen every day across the country, particularly in major cities. Now, the wireless industry is beginning to fight back.
November 26, 2013

Spend Less by Outsourcing Mobility Management

According to a recent benchmarking report, organizations utilizing an outsourced mobility service spend 47 percent less per device than companies with internal mobile programs.
November 21, 2013

M2M: More Convenience Could Mean Less Privacy

The world of M2M is beginning to offer some neat (and convenient) innovations, but this convenience may come at a price. Without added security measures to keep this technology in check, our privacy (and possibly our safety) is very much at stake.
November 18, 2013

Comparing Wireless Network Latency for 3G/4G

When it comes to wireless, speed is everyone’s number one priority -- but there’s more to this lightning-fast technology than just speed. Wireless network latency plays a considerable role in maintaining the speed of LTE and other high-speed wireless technologies.
November 7, 2013

Putting LTE into a Global Context

With its incredibly fast speeds and easy access to mobile Internet, LTE is considered the next generation mobile radio technology. This heat map displays the progress that LTE has made across the world, with different regions at various levels of integration...
October 29, 2013

The 10 Biggest Issues with WiFi

Although the WiFi market continues to quickly grow and evolve, there are still significant obstacles on the path to achieving seamless and improved WiFi usage. Below are a list of the toughest problems carriers face when it comes to a seamless WiFi experience.
October 25, 2013

Power Shifts in the WiFi Sphere

In a market where service providers have long enjoyed control, a shift in power could come unexpectedly from the Internet sphere. Internet giants Google and Cisco Systems are starting to make it an uncomfortable ride for traditional service providers.
October 15, 2013

A Business Mobility Infographic

Ever since mobile devices entered the business world, mobility has become valuable in the workplace. And according to research conducted by Cisco Systems, it’s up to enterprise CIOs and IT executives to facilitate the next phase of business mobility.
October 7, 2013

The Future of Smart Devices

The devices that connect us – aka our PCs, smartphones and tablets – are now ingrained in our daily lives, and the market for them is still growing. Experts predict that tablet shipments will outnumber total PC shipments in Q4 of 2013...
September 25, 2013

Bidding for BlackBerry

Once-mighty BlackBerry is officially for sale, and the bidding starts at $4.7 billion. That’s about $9 a share for a company that’s been struggling for years amongst constant change and innovation; however, experts have speculated that the smartphone manufacturer’s real value lies in its patent portfolio.
September 24, 2013

More Time between Smartphone Upgrades Could Mean Slower Mobile Growth

Smartphone users are taking longer to upgrade their older phones with newer models. Since the very health of the “mobile ecosystem” depends on users feeling the need to always have the latest technology, experts say that without a quick upgrade cycle, mobile growth will slow down substantially.
September 18, 2013

How to Achieve Continuous Optimization for IT Costs

Everyone can benefit from savings, but the important decision is how to achieve those savings. While cutting costs is a good start, savings can taper off without continued vigilance, especially when it comes to IT costs.
September 4, 2013

Verizon gains full control of Vodafone; Microsoft acquires Nokia

At the beginning of the week, Verizon announced its most recent deal to shell out $130 billion to own Verizon Wireless, aka Britain's Vodafone, its own wireless unit and business partner. And on Tuesday, Microsoft revealed plans to buy out the once dominant phone maker, Nokia, for the equivalent of $7.2 billion.
August 21, 2013

An LTE Comparison Infographic

These diagrams provide us with a great view of 4G connectivity in areas that haven't yet been officially announced by carriers -- and it's also a great visualization that allows us to get a concrete and tangible look at the increasing overall proliferation of LTE.
August 16, 2013

The State of the Smartphone Industry in 2Q13

Carrier reports from last quarter give an interesting view of the smartphone industry, and with these revolutionary changes in smartphone uptake, significant changes are also beginning to occur in the rankings of smartphone companies themselves.
August 8, 2013

A Promising Future for LTE Technology

As the U.S. top wireless carriers begin the homestretch of deploying upgraded LTE systems, it’s becoming clear that the future for LTE is limitless. The current infrastructure being built by mobile carriers is based on FD (frequency-division) LTE – the earliest version of the wireless broadband system.
August 2, 2013

Changing Tides for U.S. Wireless Carriers

After years of domination in the US, top wireless carriers might finally have to start watching their backs. A more evenly-distributed base of customers would ultimately increase the need for all carriers to have a competitive edge, which could mean better pricing, better devices, better contract terms – or maybe even eliminating contracts altogether.
July 26, 2013

Despite the Wireless Possibilities, Expect Continued At-Home, Non-Wireless Usage for Tablets

According to a recent telecom industry report by Moffett Research, of the thousands of tablets purchased every day, only 20 percent have wireless capabilities. Consumers purchasing the other 80 percent of tablets choose to make do with only Wi-Fi – and more in-depth research shows why.
July 22, 2013

The Truth about Carrier Upgrade Plans

For now, most people can save themselves the headache by keeping their traditional plan and simply upgrading when they get sick of their old phones – at least until a more consumer-friendly plan is introduced. In addition, it may be smarter to wait and see how these plans will adjust to the market trend of falling smartphone prices.
July 12, 2013

Sprint acquires Clearwire while SoftBank acquires 78 percent of Sprint

What all of this means for the telecom industry, and how it could affect you. Rival carriers should keep a close eye on Sprint in the coming months. With the power of SoftBank funds and the Clearwire network, the merged company is in a very powerful position to create some real competition in the wireless market.
June 14, 2013

Why More Businesses are Considering Managed Services for Telecom

A recent study by Insight Research Corporation* says that businesses worldwide will spend $152 billion on managed telecom services in 2013 – and that number is expected to grow at an annual compounded rate of 11.3 percent. In addition, U.S. revenues from the managed services market are expected to increase from $34 billion to $51 billion from 2013 to 2017.
May 22, 2013

Half of Employers May Adopt BYOD by 2017

Ever since BYOD made its momentous debut in the business world, its continuously growing popularity indicates that BYOD is more than just a trend. In fact, 38 percent of companies predict that they will stop providing employee devices by 2016, according to a recent global survey of CIOs conducted by Gartner. Experts say, at this rate, the number will increase to 50 percent – half of all employers – by 2017.