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The mobile phone market is growing exponentially and will continue to evolve for years to come. Why has the Cable Industry not moved into the lucrative mobile phone market? It could definitely be a revenue bonanza, as it currently is for telecom companies. See (The cable company will likely use WiMax to bring television shows to cell phones and smart phones.) Verizon and AT&T’s revenues, as a percentage of stock price by division, attributes mobile phone service up to 40-42% of total revenues. This being a logical assumption as landline phone demand has forced incumbent Telco’s to rethink their business models to include cable, broadband, and cell phone. The mobile market has exploded with smart phone technology and related applications for consumers continually on the go while wanting the latest gadgets to keep up with friends, business, and news. Why has this not ... (more)

Giving Program Access Rules the Boot

BROADBAND CONVERGENT - Industry News Broadband-Cable-Mobile-Wireless-Telecom Markets More than likely on Oct. 5, 2012 current Programming Access Rules will get the boot. It is no secret that the FCC decided, not only review, but probably drop the long-standing rules established in 1992 to make cable operators comply with selling vertically owned programming to its competitors. The agency initiated a rule-making on March 20, 2012 to get comments and feedback on whether those rules, now 20 years old and renewed twice, are not needed anymore to curb perceived abuses in competitive ... (more)

Leverage: Sprint Softbank Japan and Sumo vs Judo

BROADBAND CONVERGENT - Industry News Broadband-Cable-Mobile-Wireless-Telecom Markets You’ve probably seen the 20+ billion dollar deal that will leave Softbank of Japan owning 70 percent of U.S. telco Sprint. There are layers upon layers of rationale for any deal of that size, but here are some of the common themes. Leverage: • Yen to dollar exchange rate is shockingly close to a 10-year low • Corporate tax rate in Japan is quite high • Bank of Japan prime lending rate is between 0.0 and 0.1 percent • Japan networks and mobile user behavior is very advanced … [visit site to read more... (more)

Should Wireless Carriers be required to Back-up Cell Towers?

BROADBAND CONVERGENT - Industry News Broadband-Cable-Mobile-Wireless-Telecom Markets Lets’ be realistic when we ask if government should act as “big brother” and require Wireless Industry carriers to back-up cell towers in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. This issue came to light before Sandy began its rampage on the East Coast this past week. As reported by the Huffington Post, legislation was introduced prior to the mega storm that ravaged the New York, and New Jersey coastal landscape. Such government mandates would have required cell phone carriers to back-up their cell towers w... (more)

FreedomPop Home Internet Arrives in 2013: Apocalypse for Existing Broadband Providers

BROADBAND CONVERGENT - Industry News Broadband-Cable-Mobile-Wireless-Telecom Markets Skype co-founder Niklas Zennstrom knows disruption. Skype was a tremendously disruptive product, leveraging peer-to-peer technology to carry voice, it continues to be an incredibly powerful force in disruption of voice applications. Skype has changed the way people see voice apps in how it integrates persistent chat and messaging with video and other services. Skype had 663 million registered users as of EOY 2010, it’s likely even bigger than that now. Think about it 663 million registered users... (more)