WiFi is often mentioned in the context as being a key requirement in Maslow's hierarchy of needs, and although that may be stretching it just a bit (but not for some people!), it is undeniable that WiFi is a critical part of the consumer and corporate broadband experience.
I mentioned IoT in my MWC 2017 blog, and I wanted to follow that up with a quick peek at some analytics on some of the higher profile consumer IoT devices - both of which have multiple instances on my home network ;-).
I mentioned in my Blog last week that Zero Rating would be a hot topic for operators, especially mobile operators. I thought it would be useful to take a look at what has happened in the past few weeks on this topic.
Just a few thoughts on some of the trends that you are likely to see discussed and highlighted at Mobile World Congress a few weeks from now.
On Saturday night I saw the future of sports broadcasting, and oh boy, broadband operators need to get ready for this! Fox Sports offered the Major League Soccer Championship game (aka MLS Cup) in Virtual Reality through their IOS and Android mobile application. I have a Samsung Gear VR and a Samsung Galaxy Edge 6 plus, and decided to give it a shot.
There have been reports over the past few days that Pokemon Go is already declining, so we decided to go back to the same network that we initially looked at to see if this was the case. As a reminder, this is a European mobile network.
Topics: Pokemon go
The swimming events in Rio garnered worldwide attention as Michael Phelps and Katie Ledecky led the US team’s dominance of the pool. But who won the App Gold medal for the swimming venue?
I wrote about the Opening Ceremonies here, and showed how Facebook properties dominated mobile network traffic for that event. Unfortunately for other social networks, that trend continued for both the semifinal and final football (soccer for Americans) events and the Closing Ceremonies.
The Olympics kicked off in Brazil over the weekend (in case you live in a cave and missed the news), and rather than talk about the impact on Netflix (which dipped but not as severe as the 2012 London Olympics), I thought we could do something different.
Niantic timed their entry into the Olympics perfectly – as Pokemon Go is now available in Brazil. The game is so popular that the Mayor of Rio actually begged that the game be released in Brazil in time for the Olympics. One of the Olympians loved it so much that he accidently spent $5000 in data roaming charges playing the game!