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The Worldwide Push for Wireless

June 19, 2017 by Matt Louden

5G network

The push for faster, more widespread connectivity is no longer unique to any one country. By 2022, there will be more than 500 million 5G network subscriptions worldwide. That’s 15% of the global population! North America is expected to lead the way in mobile network upgrades. Over the next five years, experts predict that 25% of all the region’s mobile subscriptions will be 5G. The Asia Pacific region is a distant second, with 10% of its mobile subscriptions expected to update during that same span. Carriers are making significant investments now to ready their networks for the future. In Japan, for example, the three leading mobile services providers are expected to invest more than $45 billion in 5G in the hopes of rolling out the technology prior to Tokyo’s 2020 summer Olympics. Chinese telecommunications companies are also paying up; between…

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IoT For You and Me

June 12, 2017 by Matt Louden

IoT device

Today’s digital business landscape features more connected employees than ever before. In fact, 49% of the world’s population owns an IoT device. In developed countries, those percentages climb even higher. In the United States, for example, 62% of the population owns at least one connected device. More than any other technology, the Internet of Things (IoT) is exploding in popularity. Enterprises and homeowners alike have been quick to adopt and implement these devices—all 8.4 billion of them. While recent IoT security issues can be a slight cause for concern, most believe they won’t have lasting effects on technology or its users. That’s why, despite the risks, 85% of people believe IoT will push everyone into leading deeply tech-connected lives. The companies we partner with are rapidly uncovering the potential value IoT holds. Since 2015, MOBI’s customers have increased their managed…

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New Device: Worth the Price?

June 5, 2017 by Matt Louden

mobile device

As mobile phones become more expensive and carriers begin to remove device subsidies from their offerings, more and more people are deciding to stick with older technology. Across the board, carriers are already feeling the effects of this change. AT&T, for example found that less than 4% of its regular monthly customers upgraded a mobile device in Q1 2017—the lowest quarterly rate ever. Less upgrades also means smaller overall revenues. AT&T’s wireless equipment sales dropped 17% compared to Q1 2016. While not as dramatic, Verizon and T-Mobile experienced dips as well; five and two percent respectively. So far, we’ve seen unsubsidized carrier devices have a huge enterprise impact on our own customers. The first five months of 2017 saw a 65% reduction in new mobile device orders compared to last year’s numbers over that same timeframe. How do these changes…

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Scarce Security

May 30, 2017 by Matt Louden

technology

As mobile security evolves, finding staff members to keep your program safe is becoming harder and harder to do. In fact, 57% of organizations consider recruiting skilled Information Technology (IT) security personnel one of today’s most significant business challenges. That’s because companies are setting more aggressive project deadlines and loftier security goals than ever before. Among IT pros, 65% have been pressured to rollout new technology before it underwent all necessary checks and fixes. Despite the potential consequences, 19% of enterprises haven’t conducted a single security check or test in the last six months. That makes it easy to understand why 59% of all businesses have experienced a malware infiltration during that same time span. Most enterprise mobility programs can’t protect themselves alone; 83% either plan to use or already rely on a managed services provider. If you don’t or…

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Modified Mobile Habits

May 22, 2017 by Matt Louden

data plans

In the United States, mobile device users’ habits are changing like never before. Today’s average smartphone owner only upgrades their device every 2.7 years. Q1 2017 saw another new hardware trend: a decline in connected tablets sales and connected car sales. However, these two still made up more than half of all new device purchases in that span. For the first time in 17 years, quarterly revenue from carrier data plans declined compared to the year before. The proliferation of unlimited data plans is probably the culprit to blame. In fact, it’s been seven years since all four major carriers offered unlimited data pricing for their users. Despite changing user habits, the wireless market is still expected to grow 18% this year due largely to the introduction of new digital services and companies. Do you need help managing the constant…

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