Telecom Council Deep Dive: Wearables

Date
Start Date: 
Wednesday, March 18, 2015
End Date: 
Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Santa Clara, CA:

This month’s Deep Dive meeting brings together thought leaders in the Wearables ecosystem to discover new technologies, network, and exchange insight. In true Telecom Council style, our Deep Dives are short, packed, interactive discussions with top-notch networking. The field of wearable companion smart devices is exploding. 

EU's head of digital policy raps resistance to ban on roaming fees

Member states in eastern Europe worry that operators will be forced to raise domestic prices

Reuters

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union member states came under fire from the bloc's head of digital policy on Tuesday for resisting efforts to scrap mobile phone roaming charges for consumers.

Though the removal of the charges is a priority for the European Commission as it seeks to spur cross-border telecoms competition, EU members concerned about the effect on operators have proposed that any ban should be held back until 2018 at the earliest.

Qualcomm deal sparks China smartphone patent skirmishes

Settlement has allowed wireless patent holders like ZTE and Huawei Technologies to seek royalties

BEIJING (Reuters) - Last summer, lawyers from Chinese telecoms gear maker ZTE Corp began writing to half a dozen local handset makers it believed used its patents. Its message was simple: it's time to pay up.

ZTE's efforts to collect patent royalties - months ahead of Qualcomm Inc's China antitrust settlement this week, according to people with knowledge of the matter - shows how that deal has already changed the way China's booming smartphone industry does business.

China's Baidu pays price of mobile shift, fourth-quarter revenue disappoints

In spite of report that revenue from mobile searches surpassed PCs

Reuters

BEIJING/BENGALURU (Reuters) - Baidu Inc's shift to smartphones has come at a cost: the Chinese internet firm forecast lower-than-expected revenue growth for the first quarter as its share from less profitable mobile browsing grows at the expense of PC searches.

Baidu shares fell more than 9 percent in after-hours trading in New York after it also posted a lower-than-expected 47.5 percent rise in fourth quarter revenues. Its revenue forecast of 12.65-13.07 billion yuan ($2-$2.1 billion) for the current quarter came below analysts' average expectations of 13.62 billion yuan.

Chinese mobile data usage to make great leap forward

3 top carriers expected to market aggressively to rural China

Reuters

SINGAPORE, (Reuters) - Data traffic on Chinese mobile devices jumped almost 50 percent last year but overall usage was modest by global standards, reflecting low consumption in rural areas that hasn't gone unnoticed by telecoms firms.

Xiaomi to start small in U.S., with earphones and bands

No plan for phones and tablets now, partly because of carrier subsidy structure, which eliminates Xiaomi's cost advantage

Reuters

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Xiaomi [XTC.UL], China's largest smartphone company, will begin selling headphones, smart wristbands and other accessories online in the United States in coming months, taking its first tentative step onto Apple Inc's home turf without its signature Mi mobile devices.

The company also said it is close to securing a manufacturing partner in Brazil, which will help it skirt punishing tariffs on imported electronics when it begins sales in Latin America's largest economy in the first half of this year.

AT&T top buyer at U.S. airwaves auction; Dish spends big

Demonstrated the voracious appetite for spectrum

Reuters

WASHINGTON/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - AT&T Inc spent close to half the total in the record-setting U.S. sale of airwaves for mobile data, with Dish Network Corp spending heavily to manage a surprise win at No.2 ahead of Verizon, results showed on Friday.

AT&T bid a total of $18.2 billion to win licenses of so-called AWS-3 spectrum. Dish itself did not win any licenses, but had invested in bidding partners SNR Wireless LicenseCo LLC and Northstar Wireless LLC, which bid a total of $13.3 billion.

China's internet population hits 649 million, 86 pct on phones

Huge part of China's potential remains untapped in smaller cities and rural areas

Reuters

BEIJING (Reuters) - China had 649 million internet users by the end of 2014, with 557 million of those using handsets to go online, said a government report on Tuesday, as the world's biggest smartphone market continues its shift to mobile.

While growth is slowing, China's total internet population still rose by 31 million in 2014, said the report by the China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC).

Growth in mobile internet users was faster, at 57 million.

Amazon, Sprint may buy some Radioshack stores: Bloomberg

NYSE regulatory arm prepares to delist RadioShack shares

Reuters

(Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc and Sprint Corp are considering acquiring some RadioShack stores after the troubled electronics retailer files for bankruptcy, Bloomberg reported, citing people with knowledge of the discussions.

Amazon has considered using the RadioShack stores as showcases for the Seattle-based company's hardware as well as potential pickup and drop-off centers for online customers, Bloomberg said.

U.S. wireless spectrum auction raises record $44.9 billion

Proceeds to pay for a new $7 billion public safety network

Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Communications Commission raised a record $44.9 billion in the auction of so-called AWS-3 airwaves that closed on Thursday, marking the highest point yet in the wireless industry's appetite for more spectrum.

Wireless carriers Verizon Communications Inc, AT&T Inc and T-Mobile US Inc, satellite TV provider Dish Network Corp and others vied for new slices of airwaves to satisfy the growing consumer demand for streaming video and other data-guzzling applications.

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