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Memo to FCC: If Comcast, Then Sprint

Lowenstein argues that if the FCC takes a serious look at the Comcast-TWC deal, then Sprint-TMO also merits consideration.

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And The Next Big Thing Is…?

Lowenstein argues that with respect to game-changing innovation, mobile is in a bit of a "harvesting", or "pause" period.

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Wireless is one of the most dynamic and fast-growing industries on the planet. You’ve seen the stats on smartphone penetration and data growth, the spread of mobile broadband networks, and the promise of the Internet of Things. Mobile is also influencing nearly every sector in technology: cloud, big data, enterprise software, digital media, advertising, commerce, and payments. Yet mobile is a complex ecosystem, consisting of unique value chains, technologies, economics, and business models. 

Join Xconomy University for an intense, full-day, comprehensive wireless industry roadmap session, led by Xconomist Mark Lowenstein, a leading wireless industry analyst, executive, and consultant. Get insight on the tectonic shifts in the mobile value chain, key metrics, network and device evolution, major players & influencers, and sectors of most promising opportunity, including mobile advertising, payments, and M2M. 

Presented by Mark Lowenstein, Managing Director, Mobile Ecosystem, a leading wireless consulting firm. Former EVP of Yankee Group’s global wireless practices and VP, Strategy at Verizon Wireless.

Schedule
7:30 am - 8:30 am Registration and Networking Breakfast
8:30 am - 11:30 am Morning Session: Mobile Industry Roadmap
Mobile industry value chain, key metrics, operator strategies, network evolution, device roadmap, OS and application strategies, spectrum and regulatory developments
11:30 am - 1:00 pm Working Lunch and Networking
Investing in Wireless: Guest VC Speaker
The Wireless Job Outlook: Guest Exec Recruiter
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm Afternoon Session: Sector Briefings
Mobile advertising; commerce/payments; mobile enterprise; M2M; mobile cloud; video; big data; m-health
 

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Mark Lowenstein's monthly opinion columns for Fierce Wireless

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March 2014:
And The Next Big Thing Is…?

Lowenstein argues that with respect to game-changing innovation, mobile is in a bit of a "harvesting", or "pause" period. Read More

Lens
March 2014:
Review: Comcast Cloud DVR Service

Cloud DVR is an important element of the evolution of TV Everywhere. Comcast has launched Cloud DVR in Boston. My conclusion: not yet ready for prime time. Read More

fiercewireless
February 2014:
Memo to FCC: If Comcast, then Sprint?

Lowenstein argues that if the FCC takes a serious look at the Comcast-TWC deal, then Sprint-TMO also merits consideration. Read More

Lens
February 2014:
Wireless Pricing Moves: The Broader Context

By now, you've read the news and some analysis of the Verizon "More Everything" announcement. I'd like to look at all the recent wireless pricing activity from a broader context. Let's get one thing straight: we are not in the middle of a "wireless price war" in the United States. Read More

fiercewireless
January 2014:
A 2014 "To Do List" for Key Wireless Players

It is now time to turn to the serious business of 2014. Since we all like to start the year with resolutions, goals, and objectives, here's my 2014 "To Do" for some of the wireless industry's key players. Read More

fiercewireless
November 2013:
Ten Problems Mobile Can Help Solve

Lowenstein believes we have entered an exciting new phase, where the unique combination of smartphone capabilities, plus their ubiquity and near constant presence, are enabling new categories of applications and services. Here's his take on some major new areas of value creation for mobile. Read here

fiercewireless
October 2013:
Thinking Beyond the Bars

How often does this happen to you: Your phone is displaying five bars of 4G or four bars of Wi-Fi, but the data speeds are very slow. In an era of crowd-sourced data and real-time information about so many things in our daily lives, it's time for a better real-time view of the quality of a mobile data connection. Read here

Lens
September 2013:
Part 2: Microsoft-Nokia Deal: Six Things Microsoft Needs to Do

My analysis of why Microsoft acquired Nokia and thoughts on six things Microsoft should do to become more relevant in mobile. Read More....

Lens
September 2013:
Part 1: Implications of the Verizon-Vodafone deal

My thoughts on the Verizon-Vodafone deal -- why now, its impact on the market, and what it means for the future of Verizon. Read More....

fiercewireless
August 2013:
Wearables: Hip or Hype?

Will wearables continue along their current trajectory--distinct, standalone products aimed at particular market segments--or become the breakout gadget or concept that has broad market appeal, either as a new product category (like the smartphone or tablet), or function as an important companion to the existing products in our digital lives? Read more...

fiercewireless
July 2013:
Smartphone Ennui -- And What To Do About It

Smartphone sales growth in developed economies is leveling off. It's getting harder to make a truly breakout device. What are some possible ways to reinvigorate the smartphone market? Read my latest opinion column in Fierce Wireless.

Lens
July 2013:
Lowenstein's Take on T-Mobile's New Plans

T-Mobile made several announcements this week to further its "un-carrier strategy": extending family plans to non-credit subscribers, and offering Jump, an innovative plan for those who want to switch their phones more often. Read More....

Lens
June 2013:
What's Next for Sprint and DISH?

Among the wave of M&A that has swept the wireless industry in recent years, I believe Dish-Sprint offers the most intriguing possibilities for innovative service and business models. The combination of assets could help redefine what broadband and video delivery services look like, over the next five years. Read More....

fiercewireless
June 2013:
WiFi Will Be a Bigger Part of Mobile Future.

WiFi is becoming a much larger part of the overall connectivity framework. Continued improvement in WiFi capabilities (speed, range, etc.) and the expansion of indoor and outdoor hotspots mean greater intermingling of cellular and WiFi networks. Broadband companies, such as cablecos, might take greater “connectivity” share. For wireless operators, WiFi is a "frenemy". Read More....

Lens
June 2013:
My Experience with Aereo

As many of you know, I do a lot of work in the area of disruptive technologies and business models. So I thought I'd share a few thoughts on my experience with Aereo, a new service that allows subscribers to view live broadcast television, over the Internet, on their TV or any mobile device, using a remote antenna, without subscribing to cable. Read More....

fiercewireless
May 2013:
A Humorous Look at The Upcoming CTIA Show.

Known for his periodic "tele-comedy" columns, Mark takes a humorous look at the upcoming CTIA Show in Las Vegas. Read More....

Lens
May 2013:
The Emergence of BYOP

BYOD is a big buzzword in wireless. But I think the term is a bit of a misnomer. What we're really seeing is the emergence of the "Bring Your Own Plan (BYOP)" era in wireless. The catalyst, really, is the steady migration to a structure where voice and text are unlimited, and subscribers pay for a bucket of GB. Data is the new currency. Read More....

fiercewireless
April 2013:
Dish-Sprint Could User in New Broadband, Content Era

Among the wave of M&A that has swept the wireless industry in recent years, I believe Dish-Sprint offers the most intriguing possibilities for innovative service and business models. The combination of assets could help redefine what broadband and video delivery services look like, over the next five years. Read More....

fiercewireless
March 2013:
Mobile Payments: E-ZPass vs. Parking Meters.

It is mid-2013, and we are nowhere near where we thought we would be with mobile payments in North America. There's huge velocity in the area, but mobile payments have impacted relatively few consumers' lives to this point. To explain why mobile payments haven't taken off, I'd like to use the analogy of E-ZPass vs. parking meters. Read More....

fiercewireless
March 2013:
Will Wireless Compete with Broadband?

A top strategic question is whether mobile could possibly compete with fixed broadband. My views on this have evolved over the past six months -- the technology roadmap, strategic considerations, and public policy are pointing to the increased viability of mobile being a broadband alternative. Read More....

fiercewireless
January 2013:
Rethinking Business Models for Mobile and Content

The theme of my 2013 "predictions" piece was that this is going to be a year of "disruption" across many elements of the value chain. I'd like to delve a little deeper into a discussion of business models and pricing, where I think we will see both disruption to prevailing structures, and experimentation around new forms of monetization. I see this happening in many sectors of the mobile space: operator pricing, video over mobile, "content everywhere," and applications. Read More....

Lens
January 2012:
TV Will Be Complemented, Not Disrupted

There are many who predict that TV is the next industry to be "disrupted". Certainly there has been a proliferation of over-the-top solutions, expansion of content to mobile devices, and attempts to modernize the user interface. And of course there is ongoing speculation with regards to Apple's next move. But I believe a wholesale disruption to the current framework is unlikely. Read more.

fiercewireless
December 2012:
Lowenstein's Thoughts on 2013: A "Year of Disruption"

In 2012, it became clear that mobile has become a central component of the digital economy. For 2013, I believe there will be some important changes in the mobile industry value chain and prevailing business model, and in some adjacent industries where mobile plays a strong role. Hence, the theme of my annual predictions piece: 2013: Year of Disruption.

fiercewireless
November 2012:
Time to Talk About the 'Post-Smartphone' Era

Steve Jobs, in promoting the iPad, famously coined the term "post-PC." With the success of tablets, and at least modest cannibalization of PC sales, there has been a vigorous discussion of what the next era of "computing" will look like. Read more.

Lens
November 2012:
Top Ten Takeaways from the Open Mobile Summit

My key takeaways from three days spent at the mobile internet focused event, the Open Mobile Summit, in San Francisco. I think we should be including, in this discussion, the "post-smartphone" era. Read more.

Lens
November 2012:
The State of Mobile Broadband

My post-4G World assessment of the "state of the network". Where are we in the deployment of true mobile broadband? Are there new technologies that will deliver significant improvements in performance and efficiency? What "smart pipe" strategies are being enabled by mobile broadband? Read more.

Lens
October 2012:
Sprint-Softbank Deal: My Take.

I think it's a positive for the industry and consumers. Read more.

fiercewireless
September 2012:
Things Operators Need to Fix

The wireless "experience" has improved across many metrics, but customer satisfaction ratings under-index compared to peer firms in the telecom and media sectors. Why? I'll boil it down to two words: unpleasant surprises. Operators must do something about excessive charges for overage and international roaming, and the creep of unnecessary fees. How? Read more.

Lens
September 2012:
Mobile Device Developments: The Broader Context.

Over the past month, all of the phone heavyweights have introduced great new devices. What's the broader context? Some key themes…

fiercewireless
July 2012:
The First 'Mobile' Olympics: Lowenstein Gives it a Bronze

With the adoption of smartphones and tablets, availability of 4G networks, and a business model allowing for delivery of content to multiple screens, I'd argue this is the first true 'mobile' Olympics. With all that, however, I'd give it a bronze. Read more.

fiercewireless
June 2012:
Verizon's Share Everything: The Untold Story

Verizon's much anticipated shared data plan, Share Everything, is transformative in multiple ways, allowing for shared data among multiple devices and users in a group, and moving smartphone users toward unlimited voice and messaging. Verizon has taken a leadership position in addressing a market need, recognizing the natural evolution of the wireless industry. I believe there are three aspects to Verizon's strategy, and what it means for consumers, that have been under-explored. Read more.

fiercewireless
May 2012:
The 10 Most Important Questions in Wireless

We are at a unique moment in the wireless industry's trajectory. On the one hand, wireless is growing like gangbusters, globally, across a range of metrics. On the other hand, there are important segments of the industry that are not healthy. Here are ten questions that I believe will have significant bearing on the next phase of this industry. Read more.

fiercewireless
April 2012:
Is the mobile M&A binge crazy or justified?

A few weeks ago, Facebook acquired mobile photo sharing app Instagram for $1 billion. The same week, Shutterfly confirmed this week its acquisition of Kodak Gallery, an online photo storage and publishing division of Kodak, for $23.8 million--and the absence of any competing bids. Are we in a bubble or is something truly disruptive happening? Read more.

Lens
April 2012:
April Fools Lens: FCC Announces The Spectrum Games

Read Mark Lowenstein's annual April Fools' riff: Stunned by a recently released report by Cisco showing that wireless data traffic grew 92% in the past week, the FCC has decided to rush a significant swath of wireless spectrum to the wireless industry - through a unique auction process called The Spectrum Games. Read More

fiercewireless
March 2012:
Preventing a Wireless Mess in Washington

Wireless is among the most vibrant industries on the planet. It is an important source of innovation and employment growth. Unfortunately, Washington is increasingly getting in the way of the future growth of the wireless industry in the U.S. How to fix it? Read more.

Lens
March 2012:
Lowenstein On AT&T "Throttling" Controversy:
Right Move, But Greater Transparency Needed

AT&T is taking a major PR hit for terminating its all-you-can-eat data plan for smartphone users. AT&T made the right decision, but the company could have handled it better. This is the sort of situation that demands transparency. It is also part of a broader discussion regarding data consumption that Lowenstein believes will include fixed broadband as well. Read More

fiercewireless
February 2012:
Are we headed for a mobile talent gap?

Mobile will be one of the leading sources of employment growth and opportunity over the next ten years. But demand far outstrips supply in the technical fields. What should we be doing to ensure there's adequate supply of talent to meet demand? Read more.

fiercewireless
January 2012:
Monetization: The Next Phase of Enterprise Mobility

The enterprise mobility market is on fire. Much of the current activity revolves around B2E deployments and mobile policy/device management solutions. I believe a larger transformation is just around the corner: leading brands will harness mobile to develop entirely new revenue streams. Read more.

fiercewireless
December 2011:
2012: The Year Mobile and Content Will Merge.

In the digital media universe, significant progress is being made on the "content everywhere" framework for television programming, movies, and other media. This is going to force some important economic, business model, and customer experience questions for mobile in 2012. Read more.

Lens
December 2011:
Lowenstein Predictions 2012

See Mark's list of annual provocative predictions: How will mobile and content merge? Will Apple be able to keep up the momentum? Is mobile payments overhyped? Read More

Lens
December 2011:
What's Next in Wake of AT&T Deal Collapse?

For the record, I was supportive of this deal. In the wake of its collapse, expect an intense period of deal activity. It's also time to be thinking about three fundamental issues: How many national 4G networks do we really need? Why are wireless operators so unhealthy at a time of general industry frothiness? And how do we convince regulators to look at wireless through a modified, less telecom-centric lens? Read More

fiercewireless
November 2011:
We Need More Data on Data.

Reading an operator's 10Q is like a step back in time. With all the growth in data, new metrics are needed to more effectively track this side of the business. Here are some suggestions..

fiercewireless
October 2011:
Time for Apple To Do Something With its Cash.

Pressure has been mounting on Apple to do something with its riches. Some thoughts on possible acquisitions, blockbuster moves, and even time to "give back". Read more.

fiercewireless
September 2011:
Is Mobile Ready for the Cloud?

Lowenstein posits that mobile might not be ready for the connectivity model needed for cloud services. Read More.

September 2011:
Mobile Platform Wars: What's Next?

Lowenstein foresees an accelerated pace of developments and a re-shaping of the mobile device/platform ecosystem over the next 6-12 months. Read More.

fiercewireless
August 2011:
The Next Generation App Experience

Successful as the app framework has been, I am feeling that we are nearing "overload." Apps are tough to manage on and across devices, vary wildly in quality, and exist in very specific silos. Don't get me wrong--I love my apps the same as the next guy. But given the limitations of the existing framework, and other tools/capabilities becoming available, it's time to be thinking about an evolved, more semantic mobile content experience. Read More.

fiercewireless
July 2011:
Toward A Dynamic Connectivity Model

CNN announced recently it would make simulcasts available on the Web and to mobile devices. Question: do wireless operators want their subscribers streaming video over cellular networks to their devices? Answer: Probably not. What Should be the Answer: A More Dynamic Connectivity Model. Read More.

fiercewireless
June 2011:
M-Commerce: What Does the User Want?

Mobile Commerce is one of the next big things in wireless. But for all the innovation, politics, and deal-making among ecosystem players, has there been enough focus on what the consumer wants? Read Here for my thoughts on the issue.


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