50% of enterprises in Philippines have access to enterprise mobility

Philippine small and medium-sized enterprises have reached a good degree of enterprise mobility and WLAN adoption, either throughout or in specific areas in their organizations, according to IDC. 49% of organization confirmed that at least 50% of their workforce have access to enterprise mobility devices, while 46% have access to WLAN infrastructure. Based on the survey, the most popular basic applications were group calls, personal information manager, SMS and SMS applications and mobile email services. These services are being used by 44% to 49% of organizations interviewed. Among advanced mobile applications, the most commonly adopted are services such as mobile access to corporate VPN and enterprise applications with 40% and 44% adoption rate respectively.

WLAN semiconductor market to pass the $4 bln by 2012

The worldwide wireless LAN (WLAN) semiconductor market is expected to pass the 4 bln USD mark by 2012 with a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 22.8%. While PCs will remain the largest application segment for WLAN semiconductors, mobile phone applications will grow at a CAGR of 49.3% and become the second-largest category for WLAN semiconductor revenue by 2012. IDC expects the MIMO-enhanced 802.11n technology to be the next growth driver for this market as the higher throughput and range provide a great opportunity for new applications and usage models, according to IDC.

Average US mobile subscriber sends 357 SMS messages a month

In Q2 2008, US mobile subscribers sent and received on average 357 text messages per month, compared with making and receiving 204 phone calls a month, according to Nielsen. In the first quarter of 2006, Americans sent and received 65 text messages per month. The number of messages sent and received today has increased 450%. In June 2008, American cell phone subscribers sent about 75 bln SMS text messages, averaging about 2.5 bln messages per day. This represents an increase of 160% over the 28.8 bln messages reported in June 2007.

34% of US Internet users used WiFi away from home/work

25% of all adults (or 34% of internet users) have gotten online away from home or work using a laptop and a WiFi wireless connection. However, the practice of using WiFi connections away from home or work for online access is mainly the province of home broadband users. Some 40% of home broadband users have done this compared with 12% of those who use dial-up to go online from home. Put differently, 95% of those who say they have used a WiFi connection to go online are home broadband users, according to the Pew Internet Project.

US wireless data revenues reached $14.8 bln in the first half of 2008

CTIA announced that wireless data service revenues for the first half of 2008 rose to $14.8 bln. This represents a 40% increase over the first half of 2007, when data revenues totaled $10.5 bln. Wireless data revenues now amount to 20% of all wireless service revenues, and represent money that consumers spend on non-voice services. Text messaging again set new records, with 75 bln messages reported in the month of June 2008 alone – about 2.5 bln messages a day. This represents an increase of 160% over the 28.8 bln messages reported in June 2007. Wireless subscribers continue to capture and send more pictures and other multi-media messages, more than 5.6 bln MMS messages in the first half of 2008 – almost as many as were sent in all of 2007.

As of June 2008, the industry survey recorded more than 262 mln wireless users. This represents a year-over-year increase of nearly 20 mln subscribers. The industry’s 12-month record for subscriber growth was reached in 2005, when 25.7 mln new users came online. Other highlights of the survey include: wireless customers using more than 1.12 trln minutes in the first half of 2008, up 10.9% over the first half of 2007, and generating more than $72 bln in total wireless revenues in six months.

2.4 bln Bluetooth-enabled devices to ship worldwide by 2013

By 2013, nearly 2.4 bln units of Bluetooth-enabled equipment will ship worldwide, with more than half that number representing cell phones, and when headsets are added, it brings the phones and headsets to more than 75% of the Bluetooth market, said ABI Research. Worldwide, by 2013, nearly 30% of all new cars will include hands-free features. Bluetooth aftermarket – independent makers of add-on vehicle products – is thriving. In 2007, it was around 25 mln units, a 54% increase from 2006.