Samsung and Apple dominate smartphone growth

The worldwide mobile phone market grew 1.9 percent year over year in the fourth quarter of 2012 (4Q12), as strong holiday smartphone sales raised shipments of these devices to levels nearly equal to those of feature phones. According to the latest market study by International Data Corporation (IDC), vendors shipped a total of 482.5 million mobile phones in 4Q12 compared to 473.4 million units in the fourth quarter of 2011. For the full year, the global market for mobile phones grew 1.2 percent on shipments of more than 1.7...

By David H. Deans, 15 February 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Research, Smartphones.

Mobile operators risk backhaul gap in LTE networks

Mobile operators are adopting LTE at rates even faster than 2G and 3G. As operators race to stay ahead of mobile data demand, LTE is one key to the future.

Tellabs commissioned a new study by industry analyst Strategy Analytics on LTE mobile backhaul. The findings were surprising – and alarming.

If operators continue to invest in mobile backhaul for LTE at the same rates as they did for 2G and 3G – about 17.5% of the total cost of ownership – they risk falling short...

By Tellabs, 13 February 2013, 0 comments. Categories: LTE, Operators, Research, Small Cells.

Global smartphone shipments are up by 42 percent

Smartphone shipments exceeded 200 million units in Q4 2012, with the annual total reaching 671 million -- representing a growth of almost 42 percent year-over-year, according to the latest market study by Juniper Research. Samsung continued its phenomenal growth over the year shipping a record 63 million smartphones and accounting for over 30 percent of all smartphone shipments in the quarter. Once again, sales of the Galaxy S3 drove growth, with sales surpassing 40...

By David H. Deans, 12 February 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Research, Smartphones.

Phablet shipments will reach 146 million by 2016

The global shipments of phablets are set to more than double this year, according to the latest market study by IHS iSuppli. The "phablet" - meaning a combination of phone and tablet features into one device - is essentially a smartphone with a very large display. Shipments of phablets in 2013 are forecast to reach 60.4 million units - that's up a notable 136 percent from 25.6 million last year. "The move to offer larger-display smartphones reflects the efforts of both device and panel makers to differentiate their products,"...

By David H. Deans, 29 January 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Research, Smartphones.

Exploring growth for mobile wholesale in Europe

Revenues for the European wholesale telecommunications market remained steady between 2010 and 2011, despite the economic downturn, intense competition, and regulatory actions. According to the latest market study by Ovum, the European wholesale market was worth $48.4 billion in 2011, that's only 0.5 percent less than in 2010, representing 11 percent of the leading wholesalers' total European revenues. Ovum's analysis of the size of the European wholesale telecoms market, based on the reported results of the...

By David H. Deans, 25 January 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Europe, Research, VoiP.

Research shows importance of developing smartphone market

Two separate pieces of research from Nielsen and Canalys have shown how the BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India, China) market is going to explode in terms of smartphone development.

The key takeaway from the Canalys report was that China’s smartphone market is growing at such a rate that it will be nearly double the size of the US market this year, and the advice to operators is: make hay while the sun shines in emerging markets, before your competition gets there first.

Canalys predicts that China will absorb...

By James Bourne, 18 January 2013, 0 comments. Categories: China, India, Research, Smartphones.

123.3 million Americans now own a smartphone

While the North American market for mobile network subscription is considered saturated, there's still significant handset upgrade activity. comScore released data that reported the key trends in the U.S. mobile phone marketplace during the three month average period ending November 2012. The study surveyed more than 30,000 U.S. mobile subscribers and found Samsung to be the top handset manufacturer overall with 26.9 percent market share. Google Android continued to lead among smartphone platforms,...

By David H. Deans, 15 January 2013, 0 comments. Categories: N America, Research, Smartphones.

The top 10 telecom and media trends for 2013

Informa Telecoms & Media released its top ten trends for 2013. Five of their predictions relate directly to telecom service providers and the other five address the pay-TV, digital media and Over-the-Top (OTT) communications sector. 1. Wi-Fi will become a victim of its own success There will be a shift in operator sentiment away from public Wi-Fi as it becomes evident that the growing availability of free-to-end-user Wi-Fi devalues the mobile-broadband business model. Mobile operators will respond by articulating the value of their cellular...

By David H. Deans, 04 January 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Content, LTE, Mobile, Research.

What could 2013 bring for the mobile telecom industry?

Research body Strand Consult’s 2013 trends for the mobile telecom sphere have revealed an uptake in consumer pricing and government broadband targets, alongside predicting bad news for telecom investors.

Elsewhere, Strand foresees a big year for Facebook as the social giant intensifies its mobile strategy; the battle between operators and OTT players will continue apace; and the patent lawsuits discussion will become much more sophisticated.

Calling 2013 “exciting, if not challenging,”...

By James Bourne, 02 January 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Mobile, MVNO, OTT Services, Research.

Does ReVuln research show security worries for Smart TVs?

A video posted by Malta-based security firm ReVuln has shown potential security weaknesses in an unspecified Samsung Smart TV.

Rather chillingly titled ‘The TV is Watching You’, the video shows the researchers tampering with TV settings and channel lists, firmware and USB drives among other things which gives them “root” access to the smart TV – in other words, total control of it.

Worryingly, the researchers also found they could hack through the remote control if it’s...

By James Bourne, 17 December 2012, 0 comments. Categories: IPTV, Research, Security, Smart TV.

Juniper: Lack of NFC in iPhone 5 stunts technology's growth

A new report released by Juniper Research has shown that the decision not to put near field communication (NFC) on the iPhone 5 was a contributory factor in slowing down the growth forecast for the technology.

As a result, the mobile NFC growth forecast has been downsized to $110 billion (£68.7bn) by 2017, down from $180bn previously.

“Apple’s current reluctance to embrace NFC is likely to have a knock-on effect amongst...

By James Bourne, 07 December 2012, 1 comment. Categories: Research, Smartphones, Wireless.

Americans viewed 37 billion videos in October 2012

comScore released data showing that 183 million U.S. Internet users watched more than 37 billion online content videos in October, while video advertising views reached nearly 11 billion. Google Sites, driven primarily by video viewing at, ranked as the top online American video content property in October with 153.2 million unique viewers, followed by Yahoo! Sites with 55.3 million, NDN with 53.2 million, VEVO with 53.1 million and AOL, Inc. with 53.1 million. More than 37 billion video content views occurred during the month, with Google Sites generating the highest number at 13 billion,...

By David H. Deans, 28 November 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Broadcast, Research.

Thailand is playing catch-up in auctioning spectrum for mobile broadband

By James Robinson, Associate Analyst, Regulation & Policy

A decade after most countries awarded 3G licenses at 2.1GHz, Thailand has finally taken its first steps to catch up with them, conducting its own auction of frequencies in this band.

In October 2012 the National Broadcasting and Telecoms Commission (NBTC) auctioned 45MHz of spectrum to three mobile operators. The auction raised only a fraction above the minimum price, and the Ministry of Finance has since issued a complaint to the National...

By Ovum Research, 26 November 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Asia, Broadband, Research.

Nearly 750m fixed broadband homes by 2017, says research

According to a new report from Digital TV Research, the number of fixed broadband households worldwide will hit 745 million by 2017 – up from the figure of 578m by the end of 2012.

Further, the research predicts that of the 167m additions, China will supply 73m and India 22m. Given 2010’s figure was 473m, this represents solid year-on-year growth.

By 2017, it is expected that China will have just over 250m fixed broadband households. The USA remains second on 100.9m, with Japan (40.6m), India...

By James Bourne, 23 November 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Industry, Research.

What is the latest outlook for the TV market?

I've mentioned this before: getting into TV now is a losing proposition. Here's why.

Cablecos had it easy. They went from TV to ISP to Voice, each move created more profit and stickiness.

The MSO (multiple systems operators) already had the content problem kind of solved. By kind of, I mean that they already had contracts for content and were the traditional TV distribution channel. MSOs had already had to negotiate with Fox, ESPN, etc.

VZ, ATT and C-Link went to TelcoTV, spending billions to upgrade the...

By Peter Radizeski, 16 November 2012, 0 comments. Categories: IPTV, Research, Smart TV.

Service providers vs OTT players: War of attrition rumbles on

OTT isn’t the enemy, but there’s still an element of competition for service providers

A new piece of research by Amdocs conducted by Coleman Parkes has revealed that most service providers view OTT players as potential partners rather than as a threat, although it may all be a piece of underhanded skulduggery.

The research revolved around 50 interviews conducted by global service providers, 35 interviews with OTT and internet players, and 15 with...

By James Bourne, 10 October 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Operators, OTT Services, Research.

What are the trends in the global pay TV market?

If you've been following the pay-TV adoption trend in the North American marketplace, then you may have assumed that the same story of declining subscribers was happening across the globe. But that's not true. The global pay-TV market actually continues to grow in a few select markets, despite the ongoing decline in the North America pay-TV market during 2012. ABI Research forecasts that global pay TV subscribers will reach 858.1 million at the end of 2012; that's a 5% year-on-year increment from 2011. The key growth will be driven by the Asian-Pacific market,...

By David H. Deans, 27 September 2012, 0 comments. Categories: IPTV, Research, Smart TV.

Broadband still too expensive for developing nations, warns ITU

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has revealed in their latest report that the cost of getting broadband outweighs monthly incomes in 19 of the world’s poorest countries.

The 100 page report, entitled “The State of Broadband 2012: Achieving Digital Inclusion for All” has detailed a county-by-country analysis on how global broadband deployment was being achieved – or, in the case of some nations, not being...

By James Bourne, 26 September 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Research.

Why will smartphone shipments double by 2016?

According to the latest market study by NPD DisplaySearch, smartphone shipments are forecast to reach 567 million in 2012, and nearly double by 2016 as new phones continue to enter this established market. "Apple’s iPhone 5 will be a key product for the smartphone market in the second half of 2012. Apple shipped more than 140 million phones in 2010 and 2011, so we can expect smartphone shipments to continue flourishing as users upgrade to the new iPhone," said Hiroshi Hayase, vice president at

By David H. Deans, 21 September 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Research, Smartphones.

What is the upside for speech recognition in mobile devices?

Get used to the idea of talking to all your consumer electronics (CE) devices as a primary means of interaction, for this is the future of human interface design, particularly with mobile communication devices. As mobile speech recognition technologies continue to improve in their efficacy, the vendors of the speech technology platforms are making concerted efforts to enable the long tail of mobile application developers with speech recognition capabilities. According to the latest market study by ABI Research, the efforts of...

By David H. Deans, 24 August 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, Consumers, Mobile, Research.