What's the mobile carrier upside from enterprise apps?

Smartphone and media tablet use in the workplace is now growing at an accelerated pace, but it isn't always clear how mobile network service providers will directly benefit from this trend. Recent global market research offers some new insights. Mobile phone network related service revenues from business users worldwide will grow to $340 billion by 2017, according to the latest market study by ABI Research. Their market assessment includes voice, messaging, handset data plans, mobile broadband, enterprise apps, and management services revenues. "Mobility suppliers need to pay attention to the enterprise market as revenues represent over...

By David H. Deans, 22 October 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, Mobile, Operators, Smartphones.

Who has the lowest pricing for mobile data?

As more mobile network service providers continue the ongoing decommissioning of 2G networks and start on the 3G networks, their subscribers are still considering the impact of new 4G monthly service fees. Compared to 3G data pricing, 4G is around 20% higher than legacy 3G for the equivalent data plan. But there are already signs 4G tariffs will succumb to the downward pull of competition sooner rather than later, according to the latest market study by ABI Research. "In South Korea, SK Telecom has cut its 4G pricing to remain competitive. Their

By David H. Deans, 18 October 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Devices, Mobile, Operators.

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.

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.

Why the smartphone ecosystem advantage matters

Smartphones in the workplace are now considered to be one of the most significant trends that will further drive demand for new mobile business productivity applications. According to the latest market study by ABI Research, they now estimate that by 2017 about 2.4 billion enterprise employees will be using smartphones. This represents a growth rate of 17% and is nearly three times more smartphones than employees use today - in the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) segment of the global marketplace. "Billions, not millions, is the size of the BYOD smartphone market. Mobility suppliers and enterprises need to think in terms of serving all employees...

By David H. Deans, 05 September 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, 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.

Why have tablet shipments grown by more than 66%?

According to preliminary data from International Data Corporation (IDC), a better than anticipated second quarter for the media tablet market will offer one of the few upside opportunities for traditional PC manufacturers in an otherwise uninspiring global marketplace. Total worldwide media tablet shipments for the second quarter of 2012 (2Q12) are estimated at 25 million units - that's up from 18.7 in the first quarter of 2012. That growth represents a quarter-over-quarter increase of 33.6% and a robust year-over-year growth rate of 66.2%, up from 15 million units in the second quarter of 2011. "Apple built upon its strong March iPad launch and ended the quarter with...

By David H. Deans, 17 August 2012, 0 comments.

How mobile networks will manage data velocity

The global volume of mobile data traffic is now forecast to exceed 107 exabytes in 2017, according to the the latest market study by ABI Research. This worldwide total mobile network traffic velocity will be eight times more than what is expected during 2012. ...

By David H. Deans, 06 August 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Operators.

What's the outlook for IP connected devices within the home?

Connected TV penetration in North America and Western Europe will surge from just over 10% in 2011 to over 50% by 2017, according to the latest market study by ABI Research. Blu-ray disc player penetration is expected to have a similar progression, increasing from about 25% in Western Europe and North America in 2011 to over 76% by 2017 (standalone and game consoles included). Meanwhile, game console penetration rates by 2017 are only expected to pass 61% in North America and 46% in Western Europe - with adoption rates significantly lower in other regions. There are four major connected...

By David H. Deans, 03 August 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Europe, IPTV, N America, Smart TV.

Infonetics: Mobile network services market will grow to $976bn

Infonetics Research has released its latest report on the mobile network service provider ecosystem, which tracks operator subscribers and revenue derived from pre-paid and post-paid mobile broadband data, voice, and messaging services. "The mobile world is undeniably shifting from voice to data, as mobile operators migrate as many subscribers as they can to data service plans and smartphones," says Stephane Teral, principal analyst for mobile infrastructure and carrier economics at Infonetics Research. Already in North America and...

By David H. Deans, 30 July 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Asia, Broadband, Mobile, N America.

How mobile broadband is driving a transformation

Mobile broadband related advances are changing the legacy business models of the telecom sector. In developing nations around the globe, many people will likely encounter the internet for the first time via an inexpensive smartphone. Infonetics Research has released excerpts from its latest 3G and 4G (LTE, WiMAX) Broadband Devices and Subscribers market study that highlights these changes. The global study and resulting report tracks smartphones, smartphone OS, mobile broadband USBs, embedded mobile broadband cards and...

By David H. Deans, 25 July 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Industry, Smartphones, Wireless.

How will London 2012 be the first digital Olympics experience?

The upcoming summer Olympic Games in London, England will set a precedent for the use and application of advanced digital technology - that's from the perspective of both multimedia content producers and consumers. The BBC says that London 2012 will be the first truly digital Games. They will ensure audiences never miss a moment, delivering unprecedented coverage across multiple digital platforms so that sports fans can stay up to date wherever they are, whenever they want to view the action. The BBC will give audiences more choice,...

By David H. Deans, 09 July 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Content, Europe, Mobile.

Who will lead the new video entertainment industry?

According to the latest market study by Infonetics Research, traditional pay-TV service providers have a window of opportunity to innovate and re-imagine the forward-looking video entertainment experience -- while they still have a leading position in the global marketplace. Infonetics Research released excerpts from its latest Pay-TV Services and Subscribers report, which forecasts and analyzes the telco Internet protocol television (IPTV), cable video, and satellite video services markets. "Cable video still makes up over half of the global pay-TV market, but...

By David H. Deans, 06 July 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, IPTV.

Assessing the global consumer attachment to technology

Perhaps you've noticed the latest trend - tech market researchers and pollsters are now asking consumers questions about their attachment to various devices and gadgets. Is this insight really useful or actionable? I'll let you decide...

A majority (65%) of global citizens in 25 countries would choose to give up their mobile phone over one third (35%) who would give up their computer -- if forced to choose between the two -- according to the latest market study by

By David H. Deans, 21 June 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Mobile, Research.

107m Americans now own a smartphone, says comScore

comScore released data on the key trends within the U.S. mobile phone industry during the three month average period ending April 2012. Their latest market study surveyed more than 30,000 U.S. mobile network service subscribers. They confirmed, once again, that Samsung continues to be the top handset manufacturer overall, with 25.9% market share. Google Android also continued to grow its share in the U.S. smartphone market, accounting for 50.8% of smartphone subscribers, while Apple captured 31.4%. For the three-month average period...

By David H. Deans, 14 June 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Google, N America, Smartphones.

SMS traffic will reach 9.4 trillion messages by 2016

Mobile network operator text messaging revenue is being impacted by the adoption of alternative smartphone messaging apps -- such as WhatsApp, iMessage and others. But it's not a major concern. According to the latest market study by Informa Telecoms & Media, they now forecast that mobile operators will still generate a total of $722.7 billion in revenues from SMS between 2011 and 2016. "There will not be a uniform decline in mobile operator SMS traffic and revenues as a result of the adoption and use of over-the-top messaging services," says Pamela Clark-Dickson, senior analyst, Mobile Content & Applications, at Informa Telecoms &...

By David H. Deans, 12 June 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Mobile, Networks, Operators, Smartphones.

IT spending in China to reach $173bn by 2013

China is set to achieve another key economic metric. They're overtaking Japan as the largest spender on information technology (IT) goods and services within the region.

According to the latest market study by IDC, IT spending in China is closing in on Japan. By 2013, IT spending in China will reach $173 billion, exceeding Japan's market by 4%. IDC attributes the IT spending growth in the China to two key areas: growing demands of consumer IT, and the IT opportunities brought about by the government's 12th Five-Year Plan. "Personal consumer electronics will become more intelligent and expand toward small and medium-sized cities....

By David H. Deans, 06 June 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Asia, Research.