Shouldn't it be "video is the recurring star"?

There is an insatiable demand for content of the video variety. It is so great in fact that sports networks like ESPN are getting an outsized portion of your cable bill. The network in fact gets more than $5 per subscriber per month regardless of whether you ever watch their networks. Cable and IPTV companies for their part are in quite a...

By Rich Tehrani, 31 January 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Cabling, Consumers, Content, IPTV.

425 million IP connected devices in U.S. homes

It's estimated that there are 425 million devices connected to the Internet in U.S. homes, according to the latest market study by The NPD Group. They found that while personal computers are still the primary connected device, numerous others are diminishing the PC’s relevance to the broadband content marketplace. This trend is being fueled by devices such as gaming consoles and blu-ray disc players adding to the number of Internet connected HDTVs -- and direct IP connectivity to a Smart TV set. Strong consumer retail sales in...

By David H. Deans, 11 January 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Devices, N America.

Social messaging is catching up with SMS

By Neha Dharia, Analyst, Consumer PracticeOvum’s Mobile Messaging Traffic and Revenue Forecast: 2012–17 estimates that mobile messaging traffic crossed the 7 trillion messages mark in 2012. The figure of 7 trillion messages translates to approximately 21 billion messages per day; in August 2012 the social messaging service provider WhatsApp announced that it was processing 10 billion messages a day (6 billion of which were outbound messages).

In 2012 WhatsApp recorded a 600% growth in traffic, and the numbers suggest that social...

By Ovum Research, 07 January 2013, 1 comment. Categories: Consumers, Mobile, Operators.

Ofcom looks into mid-contract mobile and broadband price hikes

A consultation document released today by Ofcom has revealed plans allowing UK consumers to leave a phone and broadband contract freely if the provider introduces a mid-term price rise.

From the providers’ standpoint, this could seem harsh; however, this may come as welcome news to long-suffering consumers, with the telecommunications regulator examining the issue after 1,600 complaints in the eight months leading up to May 2012.

The news comes amidst O2 putting prices up on line rental – 3.2%...

By James Bourne, 03 January 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Consumers, Government, Mobile.

Dateline 2013: Samsung and Apple battle escalates

Expect to see more stories about the apparent winners and losers within the consumer electronics (CE) marketplace in 2013. Announcements at the upcoming 2013 CES in Las Vegas will perpetuate the advance of a few market leaders, while also highlighting the ongoing decline of numerous companies that missed the market transition to a new era. According to the latest market study by International Data Corporation (IDC), the worldwide smart connected device market -- a collective view of PCs,...

By David H. Deans, 28 December 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, Consumers, Devices.

Map-deprived Apple users reunited with #GoogleMaps for iOS

The new Google Maps app was made available in the App Store today, and immediately shot to number one in the download rankings, following a comedy of bungles that has seriously dented the Apple brand.

“People around the world have been asking for Google Maps on iPhone,” announced Google Maps for mobile director Daniel Graf. “Starting today, we’re pleased to announce that Google Maps is here—rolling out across the world.”

This immediate popularity might provide some...

By Matt Henkes, 13 December 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, Consumers, Smartphones.

Tablet market share fuels the Android ecosystem

Worldwide media tablet shipments totaled 27.8 million units in the third quarter of 2012 (3Q12), according to the latestest updated market study by International Data Corporation (IDC). The tablet market grew 49.5 percent year-over-year in the third quarter of 2012 and 6.7 percent over the second quarter of 2012. Once again, Google Android-based tablet shipments -- led by Samsung and Amazon -- surged during the quarter. In contrast, the Apple market share retreated significantly. "After a very strong second quarter, Apple saw growth slow as both consumer and commercial (including education) shipments...

By David H. Deans, 21 November 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Devices.

How to fix broadband as a service

Martin Geddes is one of the smartest brains in the business, and a good friend. That doesn’t stop us from disagreeing on a number of things (business related), the chief one being the notion that internet in general and IP routing specifically are broken and need fixing. That being said, and while I’m open to hearing any well constructed argument – even those I think I’ll disagree with – I never understood the technology reasoning behind that...

By Benoît FELTEN, 20 November 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Consumers, Industry.

Mobile money vision is clear, but getting there is still a challenge

By Angel Dobardziev, Practice Leader, Emerging Markets, Ovum

Ovum recently took part in the GSMA’s NFC & Mobile Money Summit, which addressed the development of mobile money services in both emerging and mature markets. We left the event with the impression that the telecoms industry has a shared vision of what successful mobile money services will look like and what user experience they will provide.

However, it is less clear how the industry will reach this vision, including how it will address...

By Ovum Research, 12 November 2012, 3 comments. Categories: Billing, Consumers, Industry, Mobile, Operators.

Windows 8 signals the beginning of Microsoft’s relaunch of everything

By Richard Edwards, Principal Analyst, Consumer Impact IT

The arrival of Windows 8 – a version of Microsoft’s operating system optimised for tablet computers and traditional PCs – presents something of a dilemma to those organisations trying to maintain standard operating environments for PCs, smartphones, and tablets, and begs the question: Can Microsoft really unify these hitherto separate worlds with a single OS code base?

“Tried and tested” still rules the roost in the...

By Ovum Research, 29 October 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Devices, Operators.