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The Future of Mobile Video

A new mobile video study published by Cartesian in collaboration with Mobile World Live, provides an in-depth analysis into current and future trends of smartphone video consumption, currently the biggest traffic driver on today’s mobile and Wi-Fi networks.

As indicated by a range of studies and industry experts, the pace of mobile video growth will not slow anytime soon, with faster and more efficient networks enabling even more seamless access to mobile video, while growing consumer appetite for user-generated live content and video on-demand is real, and quickly becoming mainstream for younger demographics.

This analysis, which surveyed players across the mobile ecosystem, has enabled a wider understanding into what types of companies will emerge at the forefront of future mobile video developments, as well as identifying trends, and the prevailing devices and technologies expected to improve mobile video quality and consumption both inside and outside the home.

The study is split into five key topic areas: device preferences for video, smartphone video content trends inside and outside the home, barriers to using smartphones for video, mobile video access, and the role of industry stakeholders.

Through the survey, this study has garnered opinion from operators, vendors, MVNOs and mobile video service providers, providing an insight into future consumer and business trends expected to be shaped by the mobile video phenomena.

With responses coming far and wide from Afghanistan to Brazil, this report takes into account the views of 370 industry leaders on mobile video. The largest segment of responses came from mobile operators at 22 per cent, while just under 20 per cent were from network equipment vendors. Respondents from MVNOs, video service providers, mobile device manufacturers, as well as analyst firms, consultancies, financial institutions and media players responded to the survey, showcasing the wide range of interest surrounding mobile video.

Source: GSMA Mobile World Live

29 March 2017

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Final NTP results cannot confirm mobile phone cause cancer in humans

The long awaited final results of the decade-spanning US National Toxicology Program on radiofrequency energy exposure has found no consistent effects in male and female mice and rats exposed to mobile phone signals for their whole life (2 years). However, in a sub-section of the study, researchers found that at the highest doses for the longest periods of time, cellphone radiation might cause a rare cancer in male rats. “High exposure to radiofrequency radiation (RFR) in rodents resulted in tumours in tissues surrounding nerves in the hearts of male rats, but not female rats or any mice, according to draft studies from the National Toxicology Program (NTP),” said a press release from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences where the program is headquartered.

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AMTA Annual Report 2017

In 2017, the strong demand for mobile services continues to have an impact on our economy and society as the industry shifts its focus in preparation for 5G, the next generation of mobile technology. AMTA’s latest Annual Report includes the following highlights: As industry prepares for 5G the need for regulatory reform in spectrum management and network infrastructure deployment is increasingly urgent. 5G Mobile – Enabling Businesses and Economic Growth Report by Deloitte Access Economics found that 5G is expected to further drive Australia’s digital economy. It will add to the already significant (and growing) $34 billion in long-term productivity benefits from mobile; and annual network spend from mobile providers is expected to reach $5.7 billion in FY2017-18. The MCF has focused on an agenda of legislative reform to support the efficient and flexible deployment of network infrastructure.

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How will 5G improve network performance

While the technical standards for 5G are still being developed, experts agree that 5G will offer: Latency of less than 1ms; Ability to deliver speeds of up to 10 Gbps and beyond; Energy efficiency in running 1000s of devices; and Improved network capacity by enabling millions of low bandwidth devices to connect simultaneously. Where 4G focussed on providing improved speed and capacity for individual mobile phone users, 5G will enable more industrial applications, and could be a major technological driver in industrial digitalisation. For more information about 5G read our latest report from Deloitte Access Economics. Download the complete report.