Is Voogle Slowing Down the Net Neutrality?

According to the FCC Chairman, hell they are! At the Web 2.0 Summit yesterday in San Francisco, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski talked about the ongoing debate over net neutralityVoogle (the pact between Verizon and Google) caused quite a fuss or better say mess a few month ago when they came out with their proposal for net neutrality regulation. The proposal has certainly pissed off many including the FCC Chair.

“I would have preferred if they didn’t do exactly what they did when they did. It slowed down some processes that were leading to a resolution,” Genachowski said. The FCC said when the proposal first came out that they weren’t looking for more discussion on the topic. Instead they intended to move forward with reasserting FCC control over broadband. Read more of this post

We’ve Gone Crazy Over Smartphone As Speedy Gonzales over Cheese

A new report from  Gartner shows the Worldwide mobile phone sales has totaled 417 million units during the third quarter, up 35% from last year. Similar story for the smartphones – the sales grew 96% to 81 million and accounted for nearly 20% of all mobile sales during the quarter.

There should be no surprise here. Given the smartphones new design since the inception of iPhone and Android, this was expected. We are literally doing many of our computing with the smartphones these days.

Smartphone OS providers have entered a period of accelerated platform evolution, stimulated by more regular product releases, new platform entrants and new device types. Read more of this post

Alvarion to Move North American HQ to Washington, DC Metro

Here is another company moving to DC metro. This one is right up my alley, a wireless company.

Alvarion, an Israel-based developer of wireless broadband technology will move its North American headquarters from Silicon Valley to Montgomery County as soon as early next year. Read more of this post

US Running out of Spectrum by 2014

Thanks again to Steve Jobs and his iPhone, we are running out of spectrum.

The latest report by FCC shows we’ve been increasingly checking our email, surfing the Net and watching video on our mobile devices. This explains the rise on usage of mobile data and the demand for them which is just about to exceed the capacity of available wireless networks.

If it wasn’t because of the iPhone like type of smartphones, I don’t think we would have gone crazy with our phones like we are today.

“If we don’t act to update our spectrum policies for the 21st century, we’re going to run into a wall — a spectrum crunch — that will stifle American innovation and economic growth.” said FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski. The National Broadband Plan recommends that the FCC make available 500 MHz of new spectrum for wireless broadband within 10 years, including 300 MHz within five years. Read more of this post

Nearly half of the Small Business Owners Use Smartphones

While only 17% of Americans own smartphones, according to a recent Forrester study, nearly  half of the small business owners are reported to own smartphones.

Of those smartphone owners, 35% own BlackBerrys,  33% own iPhones,  25% own Androids,  and 7% own Windows Mobile devices.

While only 12% of respondents said that they currently market their businesses through mobile — via mobile ads and apps, for example — other reports point towards an upward trend in mobile advertising budgets. In fact, spending on mobile advertising is set to grow nearly 50% to top $1 billion in 2011, according to eMarketer. Read more of this post

Free Wi-Fi Influences Choice of Destination Site

According to a recent report from In-Stat, the availability of free Wi-Fi service significantly contributes to the websites we will end up visiting.

The report noted that nearly two-thirds of those surveyed said the availability of free Wi-Fi influences their choice of destinations, while 31% of those surveyed said free Wi-Fi “may influence” their decision. Only 5% said the availability of free Internet access would have no impact on their decision. Read more of this post

Google’s New $1 Billion Mobile Business

That’s what I call the business. It has been only a few years that Google got into the mobile space and already making $1B revenue from it. The company recently reported $2.17 billion in profits on $7.29 billion in revenues during the last quarter. Revenues were up 23% from a year ago when it brought in $5.94 billion and profits were up 32% from $1.64 billion in the year-ago period.

During Q3 earnings call a few days ago, Google did something it has never done before: It broke down the numbers from some of its key businesses. I am guessing the company  revealed these numbers, not just for kicks; they wanted to make it clear that search isn’t the only revenue-generating arm of the Google empire. Google needs these divisions to grow in order to expand its online empire. Read more of this post

All aboard… LTE is on the roll…

Last week, Verizon Wireless provided more details on its impending LTE network launch.  Their service will be available in 38 markets covering 110 million potential customers before the end of the year. The carrier plans to increase that coverage to 200 million pops by 2012 on the way to covering more than 285 million pops, virtually its entire 3G network, by the end of 2013.

The initial launch markets include: Read more of this post

The Fall of Qualcomm FLO TV means nothing to Mobile DTV testing in Washington, DC. Not yet

It doesn’t look like the recent fall of Qualcomm FLO TV means anything to the Mobile DTV testing  that has been underway in Washington, DC since May of this year.

Open Mobile Video Coalition, a voluntary association of television broadcasters, has been conducting a consumer showcase of the mobile digital TV technology, since May and is expected to wrap up by the end of this month. The survey is termed as the “OMVC Washington Consumer Showcase,” and was conducted as a market research on the growing usage of mobile phones or smart phones especially for watching television on mobile. Read more of this post

Android kicking Ass Taking Names

According to the latest report from Nielsen, more and more new smartphone owners choosing Android phones over others. Android has passed the iPhone and BlackBerry to become the popular operating system for people who bought a smartphone in the past six months. 32% is the percentage of the new smartphone owners that chose a phone with an Android operating system, while 25 percent chose the iPhone OS and 26 percent chose RIM’s Blackberry smartphones. Read more of this post