CTIA: What's Hot in New Orleans
We predicted that 4G LTE would come of age at the 2012 CTIA show, and the signs are here on the first day: As well as T-Mobile US Inc. announcing its vendors for the new technology, faster data downloads are coming over-the-air for rural areas in the U.S.
The boondocks upgrades could prove to be crucial. LTE might replace DSL in some areas and bring mobile broadband to backwoods that have never had it before.
It is also interesting to me how the fortunes of mobile video are becoming intertwined with LTE. I ran into Color here in N'Awlins, a video start-up that has just unveiled a partnership with Verizon Wireless for live-streaming mobile video.
It strikes me that this kind of video app is probably the next Instgram-style bubble buy. People love to share mobile video really quickly, and this app makes it easy.
It is the tight integration with the LTE chipset in the phones that makes some of the features of the Color app possible. So, LTE and mobile video are developing a symbiotic relationship, technically speaking. I don't see that changing anytime soon.
— Dan Jones, Site Editor, Light Reading Mobile