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April 05, 2014

Mobility Techzone Week in Review

In today's world, there are already more wireless devices than there are people, and innovation in this field continues with each passing week. Just in the past week alone, new technologies are taking apps to devices they've never reached before, and competition in the field breeds faster and more useful apps than ever. In addition, mobile infrastructure is also seeing almost constant change, as different adaptations of 4G LTE, Wi-Fi and more are delivering more data at faster rates.

For example, companies like Thuraya Telecommunications and Bharti Airtel International are attempting to cross the “digital divide” and bring mobile connectivity to remote African locations. The two companies announced that they would be entering a partnership, aimed at delivering mobile satellite products and services to areas in 17 different African countries. Bringing mobile connectivity to these locations is not just beneficial to Thuraya and Airtel who will collect profits off of the usage fees, but it will also help vitalize the economy across the continent, serving as a boon for services including mining, energy and media industries.

In the United States, the FCC is preparing to auction off the rights to a new wireless spectrum in anticipation of future demand from an increasing number of wireless devices across the country. With the added bandwidth provided by the implementation of the proposed 65 MHz spectrum, wireless providers will be able to enhance their services and deliver more content to their customers at higher speeds. Already, these companies are investing billions in their network infrastructure to prepare for what is expected to be a highly competitive market. In addition, the FCC is also designing rules for an upcoming auction of other spectrums, including the 600 MHz bandwidth that was formerly reserved for TV broadcasting.

An improved wireless broadcasting spectrum will change the world of mobile devices in many different ways, but one of those could be in the way that we drive cars. Connected cars are still in their infancy, but owners of Tesla Model S electric sports cars already have a web browser installed in their dashboard, and it looks like most owners are using it to read news stories during their drives. A study of the more than 25,00 Tesla Model S cars found that over a course of 30 days, Tesla drivers created over 460,000 page views from their vehicle's browsers, and the number one most viewed topic was the news, creating a whopping 54 percent of the web traffic.

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