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2012 CTIA Survey: U.S. Wireless Operators' CapEx Rises to New Heights

U.S. wireless providers upped their annual network investments 19% to $30.1 billion in 2012 from $25.3 billion in 2011, according to CTIA – The Wireless Association's latest annual survey, the highest amount since the industry association began conducting its industry survey in 1985. 2012's U.S. total represented 25% of worldwide wireless capital expenditures, an outsized percentage given the U.S. accounts for just 5% of wireless users worldwide, CTIA notes in a press release.
Written by Kevin Kutcher at 14:00
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Apple Has the Lead for the Mobile Enterprise, While Companies Start Paying More Attention to Apps

Apple iOS mobile devices continue to be most widely used among large business enterprises globally despite a sharp increase in the number of Google Android mobile devices, according to Citrix's latest Enterprise Mobility Cloud Report. In producing its Q4 2012 report, Citrix researchers also report that mobile app blacklisting is on the rise among enterprise, including such popular services as Facebook and Dropbox.
Written by Kevin Kutcher at 09:00
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Infonetics: Femtocell Sales Surged 66% Quarterly in 4Q

Femtocell sales surged 66% higher sequentially in 4Q 2012, as carrier deployments took root and expanded, according to the latest Femtocell Equipment report from Infonetics.
Written by Kevin Kutcher at 10:30
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Keep Up in an Ever-changing Wireless Environment

Wireless backhaul can mean many things to many people. When you look at the evolution of wireless systems, you see the network changing drastically. The antenna array is getting smaller and the number of base stations are increasing. If statistics are your thing, in the US, we have a population of 315.5 million, while the number of wireless connections totaled almost 330 million (CTIA, 2011). How we are using our wireless devices is also changing. We no longer use our cell phone for basic voice or text services. Forty percent of mobile consumers over 18 in the US own smartphones (Nielsen Media Research, 2011), and that number is increasing exponentially because of our use of Pads, Tablets, and Books. The types of services are also changing; Distributed Antenna Systems, Hosted Suites, and WiFi Offloading are just a few of the services that are requiring us to look differently at backhaul.
Written by Kevin Kutcher at 14:00
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Smartphones Overtake Feature Phones

Smartphone shipments will exceed feature phone shipments for the first time in 2013. Vendors will ship a total of 918.6 million smartphones this year, 50.1% of the worldwide mobile phone shipments' total, according to the IDC Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker.
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