July 15, 2015
      

Telcos and the smart city opportunity


By Adlane Fellah

More than 100 cities across the world are currently in the process of implementing Smart city initiatives. With Europe, North America, and Asia playing pioneering roles, the majority of Smart city investments are flowing into Smart Grids, reduction of carbon emissions, building automation, and free public Wi-Fi.


Mobile Data Rates – Hype v. Reality
 

By Maury Wood

On June 17th, the FCC announced their intention to fine AT&T Mobility $100M for allegedly failing to notify their customers that their mobile data rates were throttled to  about 500 Kbps after certain data usage thresholds (3 GB of 3G data / 5 GB of 4G data) were exceeded.  In this context, it was widely reported that typical non-throttled AT&T Mobility data rates range from 15 to 20 Mbps.


Wi-Fi around the web this week:

Telcos

Lots of talk on the web about Microsoft Wi-Fi plans and its partnership with iPass. The new technology, called Wi-Fi Aware, is being released by the Wi-Fi Alliance. A good blog on testing Google's #ProjectFI.
BSNL (India) continues its  WI-Fi build-out while Boingo discusses a paradigm shift in mobile networks with WI-Fi offload. The NTCA publishes an infographic on WI-Fi statistics.

Verticals
This blog discusses how connected should restaurants be? while new study reveals what triggers travelers to book and the role of Wi-Fi
On the transportation side, Icomera announced a new deployment of Wi-Fi in trains with Chiltern Railways.
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