It has been an extremely busy week in the wireless space, especially with the CTIA Wireless 2012 conference happening this week in New Orleans, Louisiana. With good news for the U.S. economy to innovations in HD voice, TMC covered tons of news this week and here are some of the highlights.
First came some good news: a report by Recon showing that the wireless industry is playing a big part in the growth of the U.S. economy. The study showed that the wireless sector supported 3.8 million jobs, either directly or indirectly, and generated nearly $200 billion in GDP. Even better news is that the wireless industry could lead to almost $1.5 trillion over the next ten years, potentially generating more than 350,000 more jobs.
On the subject of the United States and wireless technology, the U.S. Department of Defense announced this week that it has approved BlackBerry 7 smartphones for use on its networks. The Army has tested and added six new BlackBerry models to the DOD’s Unified Communications Approved Products List. This is good news for RIM, the company behind BlackBerry devices, as it will help the company’s bottom line, helping compensate for a sharp drop in revenue the firm has experienced in recent years.
Speaking of struggling companies, the nation’s fourth largest wireless provider, T-Mobile, outlined a plan this week to get its 4G LTE network up and running by the end of 2013. “We're making great progress on our four billion dollar 4G network transformation," Neville Ray, chief technology officer for T-Mobile USA, said in a press release. “With these partners on board and the AT&T AWS spectrum secured, we're on track to enhance our 4G experience this year and deliver nationwide LTE in 2013.”
And finally, there was good news for the nation’s third largest wireless provider, Sprint, coming out of the CTIA conference. Sprint has made a concerted effort to focus on HD voice, an area that most other companies are tacitly ignoring. The company is touting its HTC EVO 4G LTE phone, which is available for preorder, and emphasizing that HD voice calling will be at no additional charge and that the service will initially be available in only a few major metropolitan areas.
That is just the tip of the iceberg for news in the wireless space this week. Be sure to check the Mobility TechZone homepage for more stories, breaking news and in-depth analysis each and every day!