These were the three subjects that I discussed while at IT Expo in Miami to fairly well attended sessions. We shared our new ANPI logo for the first time as well and received great accolades. It has been a very busy show. In reverse order:
The recent status report issued by the FCC this month is chalk full of statistics with little narrative but one can draw quite a few conclusions from the data. The easy conclusions are a) wireline connections continue to drop, b) wireless and VoIP connections continue to rise c) ILECs are still looking for a future strategy while the CLECs and wireless companies are executing a strategy. One principally based upon IP communications.
According to the report, In December 2011, there were 107 million end-user switched access lines, 37 million VoIP subscriptions, and 298 million mobile accounts for a grand total of 442 million retail local telephone service connections.
Last week I was in San Antonio attending the 2013 Wireless Symposium and WiExpo. In addition to ANPI having a booth for carriers to discuss our product offering, I also participated on a panel addressing mobile video. Since ANPI is not a network or infrastructure provider, my view of supporting video is to incorporate it as an application or service after addressing infrastructure requirements. In brief, video is viewed as an entertainment delivery technology rather than for training, content delivery and collaboration. Recognizing that video can serve the needs of businesses in improving productivity, providing on-demand training and education, building teams across geographical divides and reducing travel costs.
Continuing with my ten most important matters for 2013:
7. 4G Service Area Expansion – with the advent of 4G, mobility has finally reached the business professional. While the wireless carriers tend to be less than specific about how many of the subscribers use 4G or the actual percentage of their networks covered by 4G, several have been very specific in identifying the amount of investment they will make to expand their service areas with AT&T leading the pack announcing they will $8 billion over 3 years.
Again, my top ten things to monitor or be aware of this year are in no particular order. Each is important to the industry in addressing a required standard, regulatory issue or technology trend. So, let’s continue with item 4.
Although it is common to look back on the previous year for highs and lows, I decided to look forward to the top 10 things to monitor in 2013. The order is not of any particular importance but the ten items are of concern or interest to most of us.