Eight Major Themes Emerge from CTIA

By J. Gerry Purdy  |  Posted 2009-04-28 Print this article Print

Eight major themes emerge from CTIA

From my view, here were the eight major themes at CTIA this year:

Theme No. 1: Application stores

Application stores are the new trend in mobile. They exist for operating platforms such as Apple, Google and RIM to have on-device portals in which users can explore and download applications directly, rather than having to go to another place (such as a Web site) or having a limited number of operator-controlled applications stored on the device (as it was done in the Wireless Application Protocol days).

Theme No. 2: Platforms

Clearly, the six major smart phone platforms are becoming the major force in the industry and the primary paradigm with which users interact. The six platforms are Windows Mobile, Apple iPhone, Google Android, RIM BlackBerry, Nokia's Symbian and Palm WebOS.

Theme No. 3: Multi-modal services

More service providers (operators and major partners) are modernizing their 3G service offerings to provide inter-application interaction that provide new ways to interact. You can now listen to your voice mail within e-mail or see your voice mail on the screen (visual voice mail) or see a threading of communication that includes Short Message Service (SMS), Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS) and e-mail.

Theme No. 4: More mobile applications being used

We'll see a growing number of applications used by mobile users, as they are designed well, provide a good user experience and are more easily accessed via the platform app store.  Take a look at the way BlackBerry presents the applications in their new App World store. It's visual, informative and inviting. A far cry from a list in some folder that doesn't tell you very much.

Theme No. 5: Long Term Evolution

It seemed everyone was talking about Long Term Evolution (LTE), the next generation of wireless data services. It will provide 100M bps download and up to 50M bps upload. Operators are scheduled to bring LTE online beginning in 2010. Here's a chart showing the summary of LTE compared to past and recent generations:

J. Gerry Purdy, Ph.D., is Principal Analyst of Mobile & Wireless at MobileTrax LLC.
Dr. Purdy has been covering mobile, wireless, cloud & enterprise for the past 20+ years. He writes analysis and recommendations each week in an easy-to-read manner that helps people better understand important technology issues and assist them in making better technology purchasing decisions.

Disclosure Statement: From time to time, I may have a direct or indirect equity position in a company that is mentioned in a column. If that situation happens, then IÔÇÖll disclose it at that time.

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