A recent report from IMS Research is forcasting clear skies for Bluetooth technology this year, claiming 500 million Bluetooth-capable devices will be shipped this year. Stereo bluetooth is still in its infant stages, but making progress. A2DP compatibility on phones has been a considerable bottleneck for market penetration, but so has style. The Motorokr S9 is a good example of how stereo Bluetooth design is becoming more mainstream, and after swinging by a Telus store last night, I found the even-sweeter BTS-500 (just came out last week, not on their site yet). BlackBerrys have been toting Bluetooth for a hell of a long time, but emerging markets with high demand for low-cost, low-feature handsets could potentially stunt Bluetooth growth. If you’re in the market for some Bluetooth headsets, take a look over here.
Mobile carriers have taken the hint that they need to expand services to better appeal to enterprise customers, as a recent report from Infonetics Research concludes that 80% of carriers plan to offer fixed-mobile convergence plans to corporations by April 2008 at the risk of traffic falling off their network. (FMC involves merging office voice and data services with your handheld – a phone call on a single line can be answered from either office or cellphone.) That being said, enterprise VoIP will supposedly become more and more supported, and with Wi-Fi-enabled BlackBerrys pulling in to harbour, carriers don’t have much choice but to follow suit. Now, if the BlackBerry had session initiation protocol supported, RIM could have a solid foothold to get in on the ever-growing PBX phone integration business that carriers are moving towards. This isn’t to say the UMA handoff that the 8820 uses right now doesn’t have a place in new IP multimedia subsystems, but working with SIP sure would open up some possibilities.
A recent report from Analysys is arguing that despite earning 39% of their revenue from enterprise customers, cellular service providers are at risk of losing revenues to emerging wireless alternatives since most of their attention is on the mass market.
In the absence of comprehensive enterprise mobility solutions from the cellular industry, the IT community is exploiting the increasing adoption of WLAN, particularly in North America. This threatens to cannibalise cellular revenue.
The report delves into the gains that companies make as a result of mobile communications, and how those benefits are cut short by being limited to only certain corporate users (execs and necessarily mobile employees). Analysys suggests the IP Multimedia Subsystems (IMS) and indoor base stations could give service providers the edge they need, even though IMS’ costs have been reportedly high.