Podcast - 12th November 2014
This week's podcast begins with a heated discussion about the UK government's consultation about improving mobile phone coverage.
Iain, James and Mark then move on to talk about over-the-top voice services, mobile internet usage, patent deals, the UK's next spectrum auction and wearable technology.
A new report by the GSMA forecasts that half of the world’s population will be using mobile devices to access the internet by 2020.
Almost all of the additional mobile internet users expected during the next six years will come from developing markets, according to the report.
New research from Samsung Electronics predicts that people in the UK will spend £104.7 million on wearable technology this Christmas, putting them ahead of consumers in Germany, Spain and The Netherlands.
That’s a 181% increase in revenue from Christmas 2013, with unit sales up 120.8% on 2013.
Figures from Juniper Research show Samsung and Apple continuing to dominate the smartphone market, with newly-expanded Lenovo in third place.
It estimates that 316.6 million smartphones were shipped in the third quarter of 2014. That’s a 13.1% increase year-on-year.
International WiFi service provider iPass has published a growth map that shows how public WiFi hotspots are being deployed around the world.
It uses data from wireless market analysts Maravedis-Rethink, revealing there’ll be 47.7 million public WiFi hotspots available worldwide by the end of 2014.