Podcast - 29th October 2014
We start this week's podcast with news that EE now has the largest 4G customer base in Europe, with 5.6 million UK connections.
There's also talk about a new DIY product for the Internet of Things, the disappearance of Nokia branded smartphones, quarterly results for Apple, increasing M2M connections and a growing market for smartwatches.
New information from mobile app analytics platform App Annie suggests that Brazil, Indonesia, Mexico, Turkey and India are the next growth markets for players in the mobile app industry to watch.
It says the mobile infrastructure and rate of development in these countries is creating significant new opportunities for app publishers.
A new report from Strategy Analytics shows that almost 12 billion internet-connected devices will be in use around the world by the end of this year; the equivalent of 1.7 devices for every person.
However, growth in machine-to-machine connections for the ‘Internet of Things’ is expected to result in this ratio increasing dramatically in the next six years.
There’ll be more than 100 million ‘smart watches’ in use by 2019, according to Juniper Research.
It says new product launches by premium brands in the 12-18 months are expected to boost awareness of wearable technology.
The GSMA says several major mobile network operators and SIM manufacturers have launched solutions that comply with its Embedded SIM specification for remote ‘over the air’ provisioning of machine-to-machine (M2M) devices.
Unlike conventional SIM cards, these embedded cards can be reprogrammed remotely to work with different network operators.