News Scan: iWatch set for October launch; Enterprises fuel small cell gear growth; more


>> Apple to launch iWatch in October with health focus

Apple plans to build 3-5 million iWatches per month once the product launches this October, according to Japanese newspaper Nikkei. The smartwatch will use a curved organic light-emitting diode touchscreen and collect health-related data, such as calorie consumption, sleep activity, blood glucose and blood oxygen levels, the report relates. Read more

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>> Enterprise demand fuels small cell gear market growth

The worldwide femtocell and enterprise small cell gear market totaled $144 million in first quarter revenue, up 6 percent sequentially, according to the latest stats from market research firm Infonetics Research. Leading vendors include Airvana, Alcatel-Lucent, Cisco and ip.access. "Boosted by enterprise small cell adoption kicking in to help mobile operators support enterprise-specific voice and data offerings, we believe 4G femtocell and enterprise small cell revenue will climb to $2.3 billion in 2018, a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 77 percent from 2013 to 2018," says Richard Webb, directing analyst for mobile backhaul and small cells at Infonetics. Read more

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>> Nokia Overtakes Cisco in wireless packet core market

Nokia overtook Cisco for the third spot behind Ericsson and Huawei in the wireless packet core market, according to first quarter stats from market research firm Dell'Oro. Overall, the market increased 26 percent in the first quarter compared to the period a year ago. "As the service providers deploying LTE expand beyond the early movers in the U.S., Japan and Korea, we are seeing a shift in vendor shares towards those with exposure to other regions "This has recently benefitted Nokia in particular," says Chris DePuy, vice president at Dell'Oro Group with responsibility for wireless packet core coverage. Read more

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>> Top 20 mobile security players control majority of market revenue

The top 20 players in mobile security market generated more than $2 billion in revenues in 2013, or 59 percent of annual market revenue, according to market research firm Visiongain. The top 20 are (in alphabetical order) AirWatch, Apple, AVG, BullGuard, ESET, Fiberlink, Fixmo, F-Secure, Good Technology, Google, Kaspersky, Lookout, McAfee, MobileIron, NQ Mobile, Samsung, SAP, Sophos, Symantec and Trend Micro. Read more

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>> African mobile internet use set to explode

Internet use on mobile phones in Africa is expected to increase 20-fold in the next five years, according to research by Ericsson and cited in a Guardian report. Mobile use in Africa is being spurred by the lack of landline infrastructure on the continent. "Sub-Saharan Africa is currently undergoing a mobile digital revolution with consumers, networks and even media companies wakening up the possibilities of 3G and 4G technology," Fredrik Jejdling, sub-Saharan Africa head of a Ericsson, tells the newspaper. Read more

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