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  • Th e combined consumer and enterprise worldwide wireless local area network (WLAN) market segments increased 0.6% year over year in the first quarter of 2015 (1Q15). According to preliminary results published in the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly WLAN Tracker, the enterprise segment’s growth slowed significantly compared to preceding quarters, increasing just 3.0% over the same period last year. After several quarters of high …

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  • The European Commission has decided to open up the 1452 1492 MHz frequency band for wireless broadband under harmonised technical conditions. The Commission said that the decision contributes to achieving the Union spectrum target of at least 1200MHz for wireless broadband by 2015, which is laid down in the Radio Spectrum Policy Programme. It adds another 40 MHz of harmonised spectrum for wireless broadband electronic …

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    China’s smartphone market shrank by 4% year over year (YoY) with 98.8 million units shipped in the first quarter of 2015, according to IDC. This is the first time in six years that the China smartphone market declined YoY as the market continues to mature. On a quarter over quarter (QoQ) basis, the market contracted 8% on the back of a large inventory buildup at …

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  • The ITU has established a new Focus Group to identify the network standardization requirements for the ‘5G’ development of International Mobile Telecommunications (IMT) for 2020 and beyond. These “IMT-2020” systems will enable wireless communication to match the speed and reliability achieved by fibre-optic infrastructure. The potential application fields of IMT-2020 systems, in addition to voice and video, span from healthcare to industrial automation, virtual reality, …

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  • Smartphone shipments to the Middle East and Africa saw unprecedented year on year growth of 83% in 2014, according to Q4 2014 Handsets Tracker released by International Data Corporation (IDC). Spurred by the increased availability of cheaper models and dual SIM devices, IDC announced that smartphones accounted for 41.9% of all mobile handset shipments to the region in 2014, up from 27% in 2013, with …

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