Culture shock: Samsung's mobile woes rooted in hardware legacy

Growth in handset sales is slowing as the smartphone market matures

SINGAPORE/SEOUL (Reuters) - Efforts to revive its once stellar smartphone fortunes may be doomed if Samsung Electronics cannot overcome its dominant engineering culture, according to serving and former executives and those who have dealt with the company.

This culture, they say, has stymied many previous efforts to develop software and service platforms to support the smartphone business. In the past year several such services have closed down, at least one of them within a year of being launched.

How a Boston private equity firm became a major fiber and data center player

A conversation with Gillis S. Cashman, managing partner, M/C Partners

Background

M/C Partners is a Boston-based communications-focused private equity firm, originally the media/communications arm of TA Associates and spun out in the mid-80s. The firm was an early investor in Western Wireless, Nextel, and a host of smaller wireless companies across the country. Its most recent big wireless deal helped to fund the initial build out of MetroPCS in 2001-2002.

Connected Devices Seen as Building Blocks of Smart Cities

Local government spending on Smart Cities may reach 25% of all government external spending on IoT by 2018

The number of people residing in cities is projected to increase from upwards to 6.3 billion people by 2050. A major portion of this growth is expected to occur in the developing countries such as India, China, and several countries in Africa.  It is predicted that competition to build innovative and sustainable Smart Cities will cause local government spending to amount to more than 25% of all government external spending on IoT initiatives like connected objects and services by 2018.

Internet of Things (IoT) in Public Infrastructure: Smart Cities

We see great synergy coming in public and commercial IoT initiatives, but it will take up to twenty years fully develop

In our recent research, we identify three key areas for commercial IoT: (1) Connected Homes, (2) Connected Vehicles, and (3) Industrial IoT.  An up-and-coming fourth area is personal IoT via wearable technologies.  All of these areas have bearing on various Smart City technologies and solutions within the IoT arena relative to public infrastructure.

Is Your Network Ready for the Cyber Monday Rush?

CIOs counting on the Cloud to come to their rescue may be in for a rude awakening on Tuesday morning

This year, more holiday shoppers are expected to shop online, beginning before Black Friday through to the pinnacle of online commerce, Cyber Monday. While an increase in online shopping is good news for anyone looking to avoid the holiday rush, CIOs are rightly worried that their networks may get trampled in the online aftermath. The effect of millions of customers hitting your website at the same time can have a crippling effect on network performance, resulting in unplanned downtime, sales delays and other system hiccups at the most critical and costly time of year.

Looking ahead Towards the Anticipated Benefits of 5G

Key motivator of 5G is to meet the growing demand for high quality and high speed wireless connectivity across the globe beyond 2020

What is the big deal about 5G?  Why is everyone talking about it?  Why is so much money being spent on R&D to develop and marketing to capture the hearts and minds of the ICT industry?

As the Internet generation grows accustomed to having broadband access wherever they go and not just at home or in the office, the true promise of mobile broadband is becoming a reality.  Fifth Generation (5G) mobile/cellular networks the next major phase of mobile telecommunications standards beyond the upcoming 4G LTE standards. 

How will 5G and the Internet of Things play together?

Can 5G become an enabler and provide flexibile connectivity and core tools for IoT building blocks?

5G developments are well underway. In turn, definitions of spectrum, latency and bandwidth usage are continuously evolving to adapt to the next generation of mobile networks. However, while the technicalities involving 5G are promising, the ways in which 5G will impact our society is still very much a developing topic of discussion.
 

Mobile technology and targeted marketing barge in on holidays

Rising trend of beacons signals growing opportunity in Location Based Marketing

LONDON (Reuters) - Thumbing through guide books for restaurant and shopping tips while on holiday could soon be a thing of the past, thanks to mobile travel technology that knows where you are and what you like and can ping you personalized recommendations.

People are increasingly turning to their mobile phones to book flights, hotels and make other travel-related purchases, with $96 billion, or 12.5 percent of global online travel sales, made via the devices in 2014, according to a report by Euromonitor International.

Big Data Spotlight: Guavus enables efficient, profitable networks

Operational intelligence platform fuses, correlates and analyzes operational and business data in real time

Guavus Overview

What can SDN learn from a twenty-five year old Standard?

What did we learn from IN? And how will this help us foresee what lies in store for SDN?

The industry regards SDN as a simple but powerful concept that will reform data networking. But the idea behind SDN is not brand-new. Twenty-five years ago, telephone networks underwent a similar revolution called "intelligent networks" (IN). 

IN separated service control from circuit switching and enabled fast provisioning of well known services such as call forwarding, call waiting, three-way calling, reverse charging and number portability.  IN was at the top of its hype in the mid nineties and has been put to the test for decades. 

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