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June 06, 2014

Mobility TechZone Week in Review

The past week has been filled with a plethora of headlines about mobile technology and how it's affecting the world. Indeed, mobile tech evolves every single day, from different forms of wearable technology to new apps for phones and even major business decisions that will shape the direction of growth for years to come. Furthermore, the explosion of people with better access to the Internet is also a major driving factor of mobile technology. This week has been particularly fruitful for mobile technology, so let's take a look back at some of the top headlines.

One of the biggest announcements is that Apple unveiled iOS 8 in full. On June 2nd, the company showcased the upcoming operating system for apple's mobile devices, including iPhones and iPads. iOS8's release is easier to use, responds quicker, and cloud storage capacities are vastly inproved with tools like the iCloud Photo Library. The operating system even includes a Health monitoring app.

However, that may not be enough to appease some fans of the company, struggling for direction since the company lost Steve Jobs. While iOS 8 was revealed alongside a new desktop OS for Macs called Yosemite, a significant lack of hardware has failed to impress apple's core customer group.

Booming telecommunications markets in regions like China, Singapore and India are growing at an alarming rate, driven largely by the increase in Internet access to these regions. Put simply, more Internet users directly translates into more customers, and the adoption of Smartphones combined with the increased investment in 3G and 4G networks gives researchers with IDC the data needed for startling predictions. Data revenues from Internet access services across Asia are expected to grow with a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of a whopping 19.3 percent through 2017. Additionally, 4G LTE subscribers are expected to grow with a CAGR at a staggering 44.3 percent.

Of course, Asia is not the only area where increased Internet access is leading to increased industry growth. Sub-Saharan Africa is also exploding with a great deal of growth in mobile Internet access and the sheer amount of transmitted data. In 2013, mobile phone users in the area used 37,500 terabytes of data per month. That number has since grown to 76,000 terabytes per month, and is expected to more than double again in 2015 with an estimated average of 147,000 terabytes monthly.





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