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December 29, 2010
Online Platform Offers Free AT&T, Verizon Industry Research
By Susan J. Campbell, TMCnet Contributing Editor
Industry watchers focused on AT&T Inc. and Verizon Communications Inc. may be interested in the latest research release from StockCall.com. This online platform provides market insight for those conducting due-diligence on telecom services.
According to StockCall, telecom services have experienced an interesting year. One shining spot has certainly been the proliferation of smartphones. Research estimates determined by this company show that by 2015, smartphones could total up to three quarters of all phones.
Tablet devices also hit the market this year, with the introduction of the Apple iPad. Other players are set to soon launch, including the Samsung (News - Alert) Galaxy and BlackBerry’s Playbook. Adoption is likely to be widespread and rapid.
The increase in mobile technologies has also boosted the demand for public wireless facilities. This has altered what users want from their telecom providers. As a result, these network operators have to migrate to new business models and integrate new technologies to meet the changing demands in the market.
Research from StockCall shows that companies like AT&T are expanding their WiFi (News - Alert) hotspots to include popular areas such as Times Square in New York City. Such moves are being driven by the company’s desire to improve its customer appeal. Subscribers with landlines, broadband or mobile packages with AT&T (News - Alert) can take advantage of free Internet in certain areas.
An expansion in fiber optic reach is a focus for a number of other companies seeking to deliver improved Internet and TV capabilities. Businesses and consumers alike are demanding higher download speeds and using more taxing Internet facilities, which is driving the demand for updated systems. Those providers making this a focus will be able to achieve a competitive advantage in this space.
For its part, Verizon recently launched its FiOS (News - Alert) service for small business to provide download speeds of up to 150 megabits and upload speeds of up to 35 megabits per second.
Fixed-line connection providers have little leeway in managing data traffic with the latest Federal Communications Committee’s ruling regarding net neutrality. In the wireless space, however, carriers have been granted the possibility of prioritizing their own services.
The site StockCall.com shows users how companies in the industry have grown over the past year and how they expect to perform in the future. Register for free access to the site’s reports on the telecom services, and view the latest report on AT&T performance as well as Verizon.
Susan J. Campbell is a contributing editor for TMCnet and has also written for eastbiz.com. To read more of Susan’s articles, please visit her columnist page.