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Xiaomi and Apple Tie for the Top Position as the Wearables Market Swells 17.9% During the First Quarter, According to IDC

The worldwide wearables market maintained its upward trajectory during the first quarter of 2017 (1Q17) with Xiaomi and Apple leading all companies and multiple products experiencing double- and triple-digit growth. According to the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Wearable Device Tracker, companies shipped a total of 24.7 million wearable devices during 1Q17, up 17.9% from the 20.9 million units shipped in 1Q16. Click here for more.

Cellular News

SLT group profits up by 13.6% during first 9 months.

Sri Lanka Telecom PLC reported revenue of Rs 55.7 bn during the first 9 months of 2016 exhibiting a year on year (YoY) growth of 9.5%. The growth was largely driven by an increased demand for data and broadband related products that were introduced to the market through LTE coverage expansion and fiber optic based ultra-high speed broadband for higher data volumes. Click here for more.

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BBC web traffic hit 700Gbps during Olympics

Bradley Wiggins

Olympic gold medalist Bradley Wiggins

UK broadcaster the BBC delivered a staggering 2.8Pb (petabytes) of content in a single day during its coverage of the Olympics, peaking at a rate of 700Gbps as cyclist Bradley Wiggins took gold in the time trial event.

The figures give some indication of the stresses facing delivery networks during major events, with a record-breaking 55 million global browsers to BBC Sport online (cumulative reach) throughout the course of the Games.

The BBC said it also had 9.2 million UK mobile browsers to its Olympics coverage, making up 34 per cent of all daily browsers, with 12 million requests from mobiles for video throughout the Games.

The broadcaster had 1.9 million downloads of its mobile app for iOS and Android smartphones, while 40 per cent of browsers accessing BBC’s Olympics coverage were from a mobile at weekends with 30 per cent during the week. And a total of 23.7 million people viewed the 24 live SD, HD & Freeview streams throughout the Games for at least 15 minutes. has been given some insight of the lengths operators have gone to to ensure sufficient capacity and delivery options for the games were in place. We can expect to hear more about the success here in the coming days.

In related news, popular video streaming service Netflix has announced plans to launch in Norway, Denmark, Sweden and Finland before the end of 2012.

Netflix has over 27 million streaming members in the US, Canada, Latin America, the UK and Ireland, and allows streaming of content to PCs, Macs, Smart TVs, game consoles, Blu-ray disc players, smartphones and tablets, making it a prime contributor in any argument about net neutrality. – telecoms industry news, analysis and opinion

Iran Admits Throttling Internet To ‘Preserve Calm’ During Election

In an unusual move, Iran’s minister for communications and information technology, Mohammad Hassan Nami, has acknowledged that the country restricted the speed of the Internet in the days leading up to the June 14 presidential election. Click here for more.


VimpelCom’s financial metrics expected to recover during 2016

Moody’s expects that VimpelCom will retain its solid competitive position in Russia, where it has a 24% market share by subscriber as of September 2014 Click here for more.

Cellular News

Mobile device use leads to few interactions between mother and child during mealtime

Moms who use mobile devices while eating with their young children are less likely to have verbal, nonverbal and encouraging interactions with them. Click here for more.


Retailers Expected To Miss Out On Up To $8.6 Billion In M-Commerce During The Holiday Season

With the holiday retail season about to get underway, Jumio, released its mobile commerce analysis that finds that although U.S. retailers are expected to enjoy the most successful mobile holiday shopping season ever Click here for more.


Over 1 Billion Cameras Shipped in Smartphones and Tablets During 2012

Almost every smartphone shipped today has an embedded rear camera and one in three smartphones have a front-facing camera. The number of media tablets with two cameras is even greater. Click here for more.


Over 3 Million Smartphones Stolen in the USA During 2013

Over 3 million Americans were the victims of smartphone theft during 2013, according to a Consumer Reports survey. That’s nearly double the 1.6 million thefts that the company projected in 2012. Click here for more.