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inCode, a VeriSign Company, Announces Top 10 Wireless Predictions for 2008

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    MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA--(MARKET WIRE)--Dec 19, 2007 -- inCode, a VeriSign Company, today announced its Top 10 predictions for the game-changing events that will shape the wireless industry in 2008. The predictions cover major trends ranging from who will win the communication standard wars, what role Google will play in the wireless world after January's spectrum auction and whether or not consumers will finally open up to digital content and mobile advertising.

    The predictions, first created in 2003 by inCode, a global business and technology consultancy acquired by VeriSign in November 2006, are designed to help wireless industry players, partners and consumers better plan for the coming year.

    "The coming year is going to be incredibly important for the wireless industry as new business models begin to take shape," said Jorge Fuenzalida, vice president of communications consulting for inCode, a VeriSign company. "Beginning with the spectrum auction in January, to the continuing battle between fourth-generation (4G) technologies LTE and WiMAX, to what it's going to take to make converged wireless a reality, wireless will look significantly different in several critical ways one year from today."

    2008 predictions highlights (full text follows this release):

    -- The WiMAX/LTE wars will end with a whimper. The long-awaited "take-off-
    the-gloves" battle between next-generation wireless technologies LTE, HSPA
    and WiMAX will not occur since they are in different stages of maturity,
    with HSPA already enjoying widespread adoption and a flourishing device

    -- A new wholesale carrier will emerge. The 700MHz spectrum auction
    presents a large opportunity for the emergence of a new wholesale carrier
    (i.e., no retail operations or direct customer) that focuses on being the
    most cost-effective player in the market and avoids the retail game. The
    wholesale carrier model will be driven by companies such as Google -- but
    the question remains: How much control will Google be able to garner?

    -- Peer-to-peer (P2P) technology goes mainstream. Long used for pirating
    files, US distributors follow the UK's lead and begin to utilize next-
    generation, secure and DRM-protected P2P for mobile content distribution.

    -- For the eighth year in a row, mobile service quality will continue to
    deteriorate. The combination of new technology (3G), multi-band, multi-
    access technology, advanced and complex handsets, least-cost routing and
    under-investments in network coverage have made mobile services less
    reliable than they were before the introduction of 3G.

    inCode 2008 Top 10 Predictions for the Global Wireless Market

    inCode, a VeriSign Company, Announces Top 10 Wireless Predictions for 2008: Financial News - Yahoo! Finance
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