Week In Research: Traffic pumping costs reach $2.3B mark, VoIP opportunity grows in Africa, Middle East

Traffic pumping costs: Communications service providers (CSPs) are being bled out of billions of dollars by traffic pumping practices, says telecom cost management solutions firm TEOCO. A new study released by the company says that nearly $2.3 billion in the past five years was paid out for access stimulation, another name for the practice, in which long-distance traffic is routed to rural carriers who charge higher amounts for terminating that traffic on their networks. News release.

VoIP rises in AME: Africa and the Middle East are ripe for VoIP opportunities, says Pyramid Research. Growing broadband access and easing of regulatory restrictions are opening a path for revenue growth from this year's projects $1.1 billion to $2.77 billion by 2015 in those regions. News release.

Shop ‘til (your cellphone) drops: Consumers are using their smartphones more than ever before to shop for products, an Omniture study for Adobe finds, but they still prefer accessing mobile websites more than downloading and installing shopping applications. Some 66 percent of users surveyed said they preferred mobile Web which 34 percent preferred apps. There's also the 38 percent who say they haven't purchased any consumer products via their mobile device in the past six months--a big opportunity, says Omniture. News release.

Ethernet mobile backhaul hits the big time: Networking service providers have been talking mobile backhaul for quite awhile now, and Infonetics Research backs up that interest with a new report that says Ethernet mobile backhaul equipment sales will spike to $8.2 billion worldwide from 2014. The market saw a big jump in 2009 of 36 percent year-over-year to $4.8 billion and 80 percent of total backhaul spending. News release.

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