Smartphone and tablet apps revenue to reach $92 billion

Media tablet apps will generate $8.8 billion in revenue in 2013, compared to the $16.4 billion expected from smartphone apps, according to the latest market study by ABI Research. Of the combined $25 billion applications revenue, 65 percent will come from Apple’s iOS ecosystem, 27 percent from Google’s Android, and the remaining 8 percent from the other mobile device platforms. As part of a main trend, media tablet apps will steadily increase their share of the market over the coming years. ...

By David H. Deans, 25 March 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, Research, Smartphones.

Mobile banking users will exceed 1 billion by 2017

According to the latest market study by Juniper Research, a growing user acceptance of push mobile banking and a sharp rise in media tablet adoption will drive users of transactional mobile banking services to almost 200 million in 2017. The tablet user base will represent approximately 19 percent of total mobile banking customers in 2017, compared to 9 percent this year -- as consumers engage in increasingly mobile lifestyles. The study found that adoption of bill presentment and payment (MBPP) transactional banking by tablet users will be higher than mobile phone users, especially in developed areas where there is a higher adoption of tablet devices. Juniper also...

By David H. Deans, 20 March 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Billing, Mobile, Research, Smartphones.

Exploring Brazil's evolving digital media marketplace

Brazil is still one of the most promising high-growth digital media markets in Latin America. comScore released data from their latest market study of the nation. They examined how the prevailing trends in web usage, social media, online video, digital advertising, mobile and search are defining the current marketplace and how they are likely to shape the coming year. “The Brazilian digital landscape saw significant change in 2012 led by the strong emergence of Social Networking, in addition to increasing media consumption in terms of online video and display advertising,” said Alex Banks, comScore managing director for Brazil and VP...

By David H. Deans, 19 March 2013, 0 comments. Categories: LATAM.

Exploring smartphone and tablet apps growth in 2013

This year will provide an incremental lift for the savvy independent software developers that create apps mobile device users will crave. For the most successful developers, the upside opportunities for revenue growth is significant. The market continues to expand, with few signs of app saturation. The annual volume of smartphone app downloads will reach 56 billion in 2013, according to the latest market study by ABI Research. When comparing the performance of smartphone operating system (OS) platforms, ABI...

By David H. Deans, 13 March 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Developers, Devices.

Smart grid investment to reach $80 billion+ in 2018

The various utility applications for communications networks and associated investment in infrastructure will grow rapidly in 2013, according to the latest market study by ABI Research. Moreover, spending by utilities transitioning their networks to Smart Grid capabilities reached $23.68 billion in 2012. Highlighting the growing momentum behind the spending, the 2012 total alone represents 48 percent of Smart Grid spending to date. During the...

By David H. Deans, 12 March 2013, 0 comments. Categories: M2M, Research.

Why smartphones and tablets will dominate in 2013

When we take a holistic view of smartphones, tablets, and PCs, one thing is obvious -- notebook and netbook PCs are no longer a driving force in personal or business mobility application growth. According to the latest market study by International Data Corporation (IDC), vendors shipped 367.7 million desktop PCs, portable PCs, tablets, and smartphones -- collectively called "Smart Connected Devices" -- in the fourth quarter of 2012 (4Q12), that combined market was up by 28.3 percent from the prior year. As desktop PCs and...

By David H. Deans, 11 March 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Research, Smartphones.

Global app revenues to reach $20.4 billion in 2013

According to the latest market study by Portio Research, the mobile apps business has matured. The worldwide apps market generated an impressive $12 billion in 2012, and in total 46 billion apps were downloaded in the year. That is certainly an indication of a market in rapid growth. Just consider that the all-time cumulative total number of downloads stood at 37 billion at the end of 2011, but reached 83 billion by the end of 2012 -- more than...

By David H. Deans, 08 March 2013, 1 comment. Categories: Apps, Research, Smartphones.

Why OTT video will continue to disrupt the market

Over-the-top (OTT) video entertainment had a banner year in 2012. It became a turning point for legacy pay-TV service providers. The savvy companies acknowledged the OTT phenomenon and have learned to adapt to the new market realities. The laggards are slowly coming to the conclusion that nothing will halt the market fragmentation caused by the adoption of OTT content. Meanwhile, it looks like 2013 will be just as disruptive as last year. comScore released data from its latest market study which demonstrates that nearly 180 million U.S. Internet users watched 36.2 billion online content videos in January, while the number of video advertising views reached...

By David H. Deans, 06 March 2013, 1 comment. Categories: Content, OTT Services.

Upside for the wearable computing device market

Demand for wearable computing devices are forecast to grow rapidly over the next year. With a wave of new gadgets set to reach the consumer electronics market, it's very possible that this technology could become commonplace within five years. According to the latest market study by ABI Research, they now forecast that the wearable computing device market will grow to 485 million annual device shipments by 2018. Currently, sports and activity trackers account for the vast majority of wearable technologies...

By David H. Deans, 05 March 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Fiber Optic, Industry.

Competition for Apple and Google mobile ecosystems

At Mobile World Congress this week, new attempts to create competing mobile device software ecosystems were announced. What are they up against? Google Android and Apple iOS, the number one and number two ranked smartphone operating systems (OS) worldwide, combined account for 91.1 percent of all smartphone shipments during the fourth quarter of 2012 (4Q12). According to the latest market study by International Data Corporation (IDC), Android smartphone vendors and Apple shipped a total of 207.6 million units worldwide during 4Q12 - that's up by...

By David H. Deans, 04 March 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Google, Research, Smartphones.

Why marketing is still problematic for 4G operators

The development of personal broadband and mobile broadband applications are being enabled by the next generation wireless broadband technologies -- such as WiFi (802.11ac - 802.11ad), LTE and LTE-A (LTE Advanced). According to the latest market study by Juniper Research, 4G LTE revenues are set to grow rapidly, reaching more than $340 billion by 2017 globally, that's compared to just over $75 billion in 2013. This latest growth will represent approximately 31 percent of total service revenues from all mobile network services of...

By David H. Deans, 28 February 2013, 0 comments. Categories: LTE, Marketing, Operators, Wireless.

Why FTTH is about advancing economic development

The global wired broadband market -- including DSL, cable, and fiber-optic services -- generated $188 billion service revenue in 2012, that's a 7 percent increase from 2011. According to the latest market study by ABI Research, fixed broadband service revenue will grow to $251 billion by 2018. Across the globe in 2012, fiber-optic broadband service revenue had its strongest year-over-year growth of 24 percent, while DSL and cable broadband grew 2 percent and 6 percent respectively. Fiber to the home (FTTH) is...

By David H. Deans, 21 February 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Fiber Optic, Wireless.

160 million mobile video calling users by 2017

With traditional core revenues from circuit switched voice under pressure, telecom service providers across the globe are exploring new strategies to remain competitive in an IP-based networking environment. To date, video communication is an untapped opportunity. As the market evolves, both mobile network operators (MNOs) and third-party service providers are encountering new challenges as they seek to increase (or maintain) market share and revenues. The number of users of mobile video calling services is forecast to increase four-fold to almost 160 million by 2017, driven by improvements in both the user-interface and the underlying technology,...

By David H. Deans, 19 February 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Smartphones, VoiP.

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.

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.

Exploring applications for mobile phone SIM cards

Mobile phone subscriber identification module (SIM) card annual shipments are expected to rise in 2013 by 5 percent to 5.5 billion units, according to the latest market study by ABI Research. Growth is slowing as markets near saturation and the SIM card becomes increasingly ubiquitous across different mobile network technologies. However, areas of growth remain with new applications, form factors, and an increasing breadth of connected products. As such, the related market value will grow at a higher rate to...

By David H. Deans, 07 February 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Mobile, Networks, Operators, Security.

Why telecom service providers need marketing talent

According to the latest global market study by Ovum, telecom service providers must continue to focus on cost controls to offset relatively flat revenue growth over the next five years. That being said, a significant ongoing cost is the employment of their internal workforce. Ovum believes telecom service providers may still have the potential to gain greater economies through their global telecom vendors -- in terms of network rollout, network operations, network optimization, customer experience and service quality management. Ovum...

By David H. Deans, 04 February 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Operators.

Why barriers to small cell sites must be removed

Infonetics Research released excerpts of the findings from its latest global market study of mobile broadband service providers, which provides insights into network operator's current and future plans for outdoor small cells and backhaul. "The challenge is on for small cell operators. They've been scrambling to test and trial a large number of technologies, products, and topologies for outdoor small cells, and they're under growing pressure to make the rubber meet the road -- not only from their technology and operations people, but even their business planners," said...

By David H. Deans, 30 January 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, Networks, Operators, Small Cells.

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.