Each month, we collect miscellaneous happenings, studies, trends or observations you might have missed. This month's briefs focus on market forecasts, interactive TV in the UK, 4G patent holders and more.
Fixed and Mobile Subscribers Market Forecast
Infonetics Research released the highlights from its new Fixed and Mobile Subscribers market forecast report, showing that:
Interactive TV in the UK
We've always thought of the UK as the home of "red button" interactive services, so the results of a recent survey were quite a surprise. According to a survey by Opinium Research for Moneysupermarket.com ( www.moneysupermarket.com/newsandcommunity/press-releases/red-button-world-passes-by-20-million-brits_0007336%20.aspx ), 45% of UK adults (20m) have never used interactive TV, of which 19% (9m) cited a fear of costs as their reason. 13% of UK viewers claimed to have no idea of what the Red button Service offers. On the flip side, of those currently using the service, 28 percent claimed it was one of the best TV innovations ever.
The Global Mobile Suppliers Association reports that LTE (mobile 4G) network commitments are growing rapidly. The report ( www.gsacom.com/downloads/pdf/lte_3gpp.php4 ) indicates that there are 51 LTE network commitments in 24 countries, up to 19 LTE networks will be in service by yearend 2010, and up to 36 LTE networks should be in service by yearend 2012. ( www.gsacom.com )
U.S. Broadband Status
The FCC requested two independent studies as part of their development of the National Broadband Plan. Drafts of the Berkman ( www.fcc.gov/stage/pdf/Berkman_Center_Broadband_Study_13Oct09.pdf ) and CITI ( www.broadband.gov/docs/Broadband_in_America.pdf ) studies have been released and placed on Public Notice.
4G Patent Holders
ABI Research's analysis of 4G patent holders concluded that Qualcomm appears to be the current leading patent holder in 4G wireless communications. Other notable players include Interdigital, Huawei, LG, Nokia and Samsung. ( www.abiresearch.com ) ( www.qualcomm.com )