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Looking forward, 82 percent of respondents predicted they would be accessing more or at least the same amount of content on their mobile devices in one year's time compared to their current usage. When asked what type of mobile content they would like that they cannot or do not access now, the most popular request was to receive live TV (25 percent), followed by VoD (about 15 percent).
Those interested in receiving live TV indicated they would be prepared to pay $5 to $8 per month for the service.
"Wi-Fi, GPS, streamed audio and video content, NFC and live TV all require different wireless technologies to be supported in portable devices to deliver the multimedia experience that consumers want," said Chet Babla, director of marketing communications for Mirics, in a statement.
Babla said Mirics had paid for the survey because although it was commonly held that consumers wanted more bandwidth and more services to their mobile devices the company had not seen factual evidence to back that up. "There are going to six or seven radios in a handheld device and we don't think that is sustainable in the future. We wanted to get a steer from the consumers about what services and radios are required."
Babla said that software-based modems the approach taken by Mirics would be crucial to achieving radio convergence at an acceptable cost point.
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