News Scan: New spectrum licensing models coming; PayPal leads lackluster mobile wallet race; more

>> New spectrum licensing paradigms will address spectrum shortage

New spectrum licensing paradigms will become more common as it becomes harder for operators to keep exclusive control of spectrum real estate, according to Strategy Analytics. "5G networks will still be in their infancy in 2020, but the small number of early commercial networks will be in Asia-Pacific that will dominate the first wave again," predicts Phil Kendall, executive director of wireless operator strategies at Strategy Analytics. In addition, the Internet of Things "will create new partnerships with disruptive new business models," says Andrew Brown, executive director of enterprise mobility and M2M. Read more on Strategy Analytics predictions.

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>> PayPal leads in lackluster mobile wallet market, says Yankee Group

Only 16 percent of mobile device owners have used their phone to make an in-store payment in the past three months, according to data from the Yankee Group. "The harsh reality is that despite billions in investment across the ecosystem, adoption of such mobile payment technologies has been far from illustrious," says Jordan McKee, Yankee Group analyst and author of the report. At the same time, PayPal has taken an early lead in the mobile wallet race, with 15 percent of consumers having used its application in the past month to make an in-store transaction. This is nearly four times the adoption of its nearest competitor, Google Wallet, says the Yankee Group. Read more on the Yankee Group's mobile wallet analysis.

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>> Tablets drive demand for UK smart connected devices, says IDC

Tablets are driving the smart connected device (SCD) market in the U.K., according to the latest stats from IDC. Overall, 16 million SCD units--which include tablets, smartphones, and PCs--were shipped in the fourth quarter and more than 56 million units were shipped in all of 2013, a 11 percent year-over-year growth. More than 5 million tablets were sold in the fourth quarter and 12.6 million units sold for the whole year. Read more on IDC's SDC figures for the U.K.

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>> CommScope gets top marks from ABI as wireless DAS gear vendor

CommScope was ranked as the top in-building wireless distributed antenna system (DAS) vendor by ABI Research, with TE Connectivity, Axell and Corning following close behind. DAS equipment provides wireless service to a specific area or building and is particularly attractive for sports venues, transportation systems, shopping malls and hotels. "Since we expect the North American market for DAS to grow rapidly, it becomes the battleground for market share and innovation for modern DAS systems," says ABI principal analyst Nick Marshall. Read more on ABI's assessment.

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>> TD-LTE RAN revenues jumped five-fold in Q4, says Dell'Oro

The high-speed TD-LTE radio access network (RAN) market grew four-fold in the fourth quarter of 2013, despite declining RAN technologies such as GSM, WCDMA and CDMA, says market research firm Dell'Oro. The total RAN market is expected to grow at a single-digit rate for a second consecutive year in 2014, as growth in China offsets declining RAN revenues in North America. "The initial large scale TD-LTE rollouts in China were the largest contributor to both quarter-over-quarter and year-over-year growth in the overall RAN market. We estimate TD-LTE RAN revenues exceeded $1 billion accounting for more than one third of total FDD/TDD LTE revenues during the fourth quarter 2013," says Stefan Pongratz, RAN and small cell analyst with Dell'Oro Group. Read more on Dell'Oro's RAN stats.

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