The research firm says there are 163 LTE networks in operation across 70 countries. By December 2017, they forecast over 400 networks will be live across 120 countries.
Joss Gillet, senior analyst at Wireless Intelligence, expects there to be over 900 million LTE connections globally by December 2017, with the 1 billion milestone achieved in the first half of 2018.
To date, industry growth has been primarily driven by operators in Australia, Canada, Japan, South Korea and the US. These five countries currently represent 90 percent of the global LTE connections market.
Inspired by real-time transit maps, like the SF Live Bus app and accompanying website in San Francisco, the 23-year-old Portland web developer has created PDXLiveBus, “the coolest real-time TriMet map in the universe,” says Joe Rose.
Companies that either host/manage mobile content or develop/manage real-time transit information applications include the following, according to a comprehensive study by the Federal Transit Administration (pdf)
TriMet’s buses and trains send their current location every minute or so to TriMet’s computer system and they have made this real-time data publicly available, explains Jason McHuff, who also has created a map for arrivals after you type in your stop. His Web site receives a request for updated data, it in turn asks TriMet’s system for current data, formats the reply and sends it on to your browser.
The mandate may bring new life to efforts started by the Obama administration with the launch of Data.gov four years ago. It would also expand an order issued in 2012 to open up government systems with public interfaces for commercial app developers.
The contract-free service is live in Houston, Orlando and Tampa, and Aio plans to expand service across AT&T’s HSPA+ footprint this year.
Service plans range from $40 for 250 MB of high-speed data, throttled at the cap, to $70 for 7GB. Tablets can jump on the HSPA+ network for $15 per month at 250 MB, for HSPA+ service only.
Customers may not receive the exact same service. The network taps into AT&T’s radio access network (their cell towers and switches,) but Aio manages its own core network for voice, data, and messaging. Handsets include the Nokia Lumia 620 for $180 or Samsung Galaxy Express for $250 and the iPhone 5 for $650, as well as customers bringing their own unlocked device.
Sprint and T-Mobile are the main champions of wholesaling their networks to virtual operators.
Ultra Mobile, a T-Mobile USA virtual operator, recently announced a new basic $19 per month service plan that will provide 250 voice minutes, unlimited global SMS (which the carrier said would work on any mobile number in 194 countries), 50 MB of high-speed data and $1.25 toward international calling.
For $49 per month, Solavei, another T-Mobile MVNO, can use Apple’s iPhone 5, Samsung’s Galaxy SIII or Google’s Nexus 4, with unlimited voice, text and data mobile service. The 4G data is capped at 4GB, after which Solavei throttles you back to 2G-level service.
According to TechCrunch, if the rumors are true, adding Waze to Facebook makes a lot of sense in some respects: Facebook has been putting a lot of effort into its mobile business, which now has 751 million monthly active users as of March 31, 2013, an increase of 54% year-over-year.
A Waze purchase would put mobile on a faster track (54% year-over-year growth) than Facebook’s desktop business, says TechCrunch, which currently has 1.11 billion MAUs, an increase of 23% year-over-year.
That plan included an additional $180 million advance to develop content for its Windows 8 devices — which Nook has been doing.
To date, there have been 10 million Nook devices sold, including both tablets and e-readers, with more than 7 million active subscribers. Currently the Nook app is available on every major platform, including Android, iOS and Windows.
IVONA Text-to-Speech HQ
Arguably one of the best natural voice synthesizers, Ivona was recently bought out by Amazon, but its TTS apps are still present for all Android devices, covering major languages like English, French, German, Spanish and so on. Choose from, male or female. The language packs are huge and often north of 200 MB, but it has the stellar pronunciation.
SVOX Classic Text To Speech Engine
Support for more than 25 different languages, including Japanese, Korean and Mandarin, and 40+ male or female intonations. The engine is the most comprehensive of them all when it comes to language coverage, and you even have the opportunity to correct the pronunciation if you notice that everyone around you utters the word in a way different than the Oxford
If you own a Samsung Android handset or tablet you likely have some localization of Samsung’s own text-to-speech engine preinstalled. The pronunciation is stellar. If for some reason it is not set as default on your Galaxy handset, go to the language and input setting, and select it from the TTS menu, then download the respective language pack.
CereProc TTS Voice
CereProc’s TTS language packs aren’t free, but $2.30 is a really small price to pay for voice algorithms that have been polished for years with native speakers. Come with unmatched personality, and you can try out the Idyacy set for the app to have your phone grunt Latin like a pig to you, or speak with incomprehensible Lancashire accent.
Tailored specifically to Japanese users/learners, AquesTalk offers a pleasant female voice to read out your navigation, text, emails, or simply the words in your Japanese dictionary.
Orbcomm, the low earth orbit messaging satellite company, specializing in two-way Machine-to-Machine (M2M) communications, today announced that its ReeferTrak platform has been selected by seven new domestic and international transportation and logistics companies.
ReeferTrak enables customers to proactively monitor, manage and remotely control their refrigerated transport assets.
By leveraging the power of ReeferTrak’s temperature, fuel management, maintenance, and logistical application services, customers can achieve maximum compliance, increased efficiency and proven return on investment (ROI), says Orbcomm.
Orbcomm’s 27 current-generation satellites operate for the most part in an 825-kilometer orbit inclined 45 degrees relative to the equator. The second generation will be placed into a 52 degree inclination, an orbit that gives better coverage of northern latitudes to enhance Orbcomm’s AIS maritime coverage.
Each OG2 satellite will be equipped with an enhanced communications payload designed to increase subscriber capacity by up to 12 times over the current Orbcomm satellites. In addition, all OG2 satellites will be designed with Automatic Identification System (AIS) payloads to receive and report transmissions from AIS-equipped maritime vessels.
Located at 78 degrees north latitude, SvalSat is the world’s only established commercial station capable of downlinking on every (polar-orbiting) satellite.
Berg Insight’s May 2013 Container Tracking and Security Report (pdf) says Orbcomm’s recent acquisitions of StarTrak, PAR LMS and GlobalTrak makes it the largest vendor of intermodal container tracking solutions featuring GPRS or satellite communication.”
Berg Insight estimates “the number of tracking systems with GPRS or satellite communication for intermodal containers in active use is forecast to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 49.1 percent from 137,000 units at the end of 2012 to 1.0 million by 2017.”