Will TV Everywhere reverse the trend for Pay-TV?

U.S. broadband subscriptions are forecast to reach the same level as pay-TV subscriptions in 2016. Meanwhile, American cable and satellite TV service providers will soon reach a critical point in their evolution -- where future success will hinge on the adoption of their TV Everywhere services. "Based on our continuing analysis of TV Everywhere and over-the-top (OTT) services like Netflix, it’s clear that the U.S. pay-TV industry has reached a historic juncture," said Tom Adams, director and principal analyst at

By David H. Deans, 22 January 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, IPTV, N America, Smart TV.

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.

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.

How telecom infrastructure investment will drive growth

Across the globe, there is a delicate balance between sustained investment in essential infrastructure and a corresponding advance in socioeconomic progress. Telecommunications platforms have become the driver of growth in the twenty-first century. It's now the forward-thinking key performance indicator that all economists must monitor, in addition to the GDP. Infonetics Research has released excerpts from its latest market study, which analyzes global and regional market trends and conditions affecting telecom service providers, enterprises, subscribers, and the global networked economy. "As 2012 ended, Europe's crisis remains un-contained and is now spreading to Germany. The...

By David H. Deans, 09 January 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Infrastructure, Operators.

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.

How smartphone advances improve other products

As the CES 2013 event in Las Vegas approaches, let's consider the overall market impact from technology innovations and new product launches. Meaning, that for every positive advancement in a new product category there is often a negative result in another category. As an example, prior product enhancements made to smartphones -- and now media tablets -- continue to take market share away from other portable consumer electronic (CE) devices. According to the latest market study by ABI Research, annual...

By David H. Deans, 02 January 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Smartphones.

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.

The status quo for mobile application distribution

Mobile application storefronts had collectively distributed a cumulative total of 81 billion smartphone and media tablet apps -- as of the end of September 2012 -- according to the latest market study from ABI Research. Of these apps that were distributed, 89 percent were downloaded from native storefronts that come with the mobile device's operating system (OS). "The current status quo is based on storefronts that the operating system vendors provide as part of the OS experience, and there is no evidence that...

By David H. Deans, 21 December 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Apps.

Why smartphone competition will escalate in 2013

According to the latest market study by Informa Telecoms & Media, the smartphone market will start to diverge and sales will become dominated by two distinct categories -- low-end devices (priced below $150) and high-end devices (priced above $250). Overall, the pricing trend is downward. More expensive smartphones will find their market share shrinking from 85 percent of total smartphones sold in 2011 to 33 percent in 2017. In contrast, the low-end smartphones will gain significant new market share during...

By David H. Deans, 20 December 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, Smartphones.

1.7 billion mobile phones were shipped in 2012

The global mobile phone market is forecast to grow at just 1.4 percent year-over-year in 2012 -- that's the lowest annual growth rate in three years. Regardless, the total volume of shipped devices was significant. According to the latest market study by International Data Corporation (IDC), vendors will ship more than 1.7 billion mobile phones this year. In 2016, IDC forecasts 2.2 billion mobile phones will be shipped globally. Worldwide smartphone volume in the fourth quarter of 2012 (4Q12) is expected to reach 224.5 million...

By David H. Deans, 18 December 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Mobile, Smartphones.

New hope emerges for Windows-based Ultrabooks

Ultrabook computers were supposed to be the Next Big Thing for Windows-based PC vendors -- at least that was the idea when it was first presented to Paul Otellini, CEO of Intel. Apparently, Steve Ballmer, CEO of Microsoft, was as enthusiastic as Otellini that this would be a plausible solution to the decline in consumer interest. However, low Ultrabook sales in the first half of 2012 clearly undermined the prior bullish claims that 40% of all notebook shipments would be these new high-priced devices. PC vendor...

By David H. Deans, 17 December 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Industry.

The emerging M2M ecosystem will reach $35bn by 2016

Mobile Network operators, including Vodafone, O2, Telefonica, Verizon, AT&T and Sprint, are putting significant resources into developing Machine to Machine (M2M) related business units. There is an increasing sophistication in how the market is viewed by all stakeholders, with after-market installation being replaced by embedded mobile strategies and SMART (Self-Monitoring, Analysis, and Reporting Technology) systems. Juniper Research forecasts that M2M will support total industry revenues of over $35 billion in 2016. They also predict that revenues from products and services...

By David H. Deans, 10 December 2012, 0 comments. Categories: M2M, Networks, Operators.

Rise of the global mobile data roaming empire

Juniper Research forecasts that mobile data roaming revenues will grow by 21 percent per year between 2012 and 2017, reaching over $35 billion in 2017 -- driven by an increasing number of active roamers using data services while abroad. However, Juniper notes that the number of people not actively using any data services still fear the unknown cost of mobile network provider fees, as this continues to be markedly higher when compared to potential voice roamers. Silent roamers, as they are called, exercise caution or do not use voice and data services while roaming and represent a significant...

By David H. Deans, 30 November 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, Mobile.

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 YouTube.com, 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.

Big benefits from combining small cells and Wi-Fi

Small cells and Wi-Fi off-load are proven to be the most powerful tools that mobile network operators have to increase data communication capacity for their subscribers. These technologies enable them to meet the demand from a growing number of customers who use smartphones and tablets that are generating rapidly increasing mobile network traffic loads -- due largely to video content consumption. According to the latest market study by Senza Fili, mobile network operators that deploy small cells and Wi-Fi concurrently can reduce their wireless data per-bit costs up to...

By David H. Deans, 23 November 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Operators, Small Cells, WiFi, Wireless.

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.

The game is on: OTT video revenue to reach $32B by 2017

By 2017, according to the latest market study by ABI Research, over-the-top (OTT) video entertainment service revenue will quadruple to $32 billion -- that's up from the expected $8.2 billion in 2012. Monthly subscription services, such as Netflix, have led the OTT adoption trend the past couple of years, which has helped push the market towards healthy growth and sustained profit margins. By 2014, however, ABI Research expects OTT on-demand rentals to surpass subscription revenues. The resulting impact on Cinema revenues is unknown at this time -- but we can anticipate a significant change, when more new releases are combined...

By David H. Deans, 15 November 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Entertainment.

Exploring the next-gen wearable devices market

According to the latest market study by Juniper Research, the next generation wearable devices market will be worth more than $1.5 billion by 2014 - that's up from just $800 million this year. Juniper says that these wearable device revenues will be largely driven by consumer spending on fitness, multi-functional devices, and healthcare applications. Classified as a future form-factor for computing devices, next generation wearables - including smart glasses and other head-mounted displays - will provide a multitude of functions either independently or in conjunction with a third party platform. Juniper identifies 2014 to be the...

By David H. Deans, 13 November 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Fiber Optic, Industry.

Games will drive mobile app storage in the cloud

The iPad Retina display -- combined with Apple's more liberal app submission policy -- have caused the file sizes of leading iOS applications to grow substantially, especially in the video games category. According to the latest market study by ABI Research, the global average app size across all categories was 23 megabytes in September 2012, that's 16 percent more than in March. For the most popular app category, games, the average size was 60 megabytes, meaning a six-month increase of 42 percent. Meanwhile, the size of leading android apps for a similar sample was around six mega bytes in September -- that's representing an increase of 10...

By David H. Deans, 05 November 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, Big Data, Cloud, Entertainment.

Exploring new platforms for the Internet of Things

Now on a path to reaching billions of connections for the Internet of Things (IoT), M2M software platforms are facilitating the next wave of mobile network growth. ABI Research projects that revenues from two platforms currently dominating this market - Application Enablement Platforms (AEPs) and Connected Device Platforms (CDPs) - will grow to $3.85 billion by 2017. AEPs try to do what mobile application development platforms do for smartphone applications - decrease M2M application development time and extend application reach. AEP application development functionality seeks to abstract away from the developer those...

By David H. Deans, 26 October 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Content, Devices, M2M.