Mobile Broadband Potpourri
Three pieces of news regarding the growth of mobile broadband hit the wires last week.
First, Comcast announced that it is allowing its Xfinity TV Go app—featuring live feeds and a library of on-demand content—to be used on any U.S. cellular network on qualified iOS and Android devices.
Second, a new study revealed that while the U.S. remains a world leader in mobile broadband, growth in this area could slow unless more spectrum is made available for mobility services. The Internet of Things (IoT) market—which consulting firm Deloitte considers a 1.2 trillion dollar opportunity—could be impacted, particularly if demand outstrips available bandwidth.
Finally, an article in the Washington Post examined the tendency for pockets of super-fast fiber broadband—such as Google Fiber or Chattanooga’s city-wide gigabit network—to spur existing Internet service providers into providing faster service for neighboring areas. A cited example is North Carolina, where six universities partnered with AT&T to install high-speed networks on their campuses. Soon afterwards, both AT&T and Time Warner Cable formulated plans to offer gigabit connections in other North Carolina cities.