Global displacement of traditional pay-TV services

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The growing popularity of watching online video entertainment has become a more common activity worldwide, particularly with the younger generation. As a result, these shifting video consumption trends have created a few market share gainers and many losers.According to the latest market study by Juniper Research, subscriptions from Over-the-Top (OTT) video...

By David H. Deans, 01 May 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, Industry, OTT Services, Smart TV.

Smartphones are driving internet use in emerging markets

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According to the latest global study by International Data Corporation (IDC), the combined total market of smartphones, media tablets and PCs is now forecast to grow from 1.8 billion units in 2014 to 2.5 billion units in 2019.During the forecast period, smartphones will grow to represent the majority of total smart connected device (IDC's term for the combined market) shipments -- dwarfing both tablets and PCs in terms of shipment volumes.As recently as 2010, PCs still made up the lion's share of the total device...

By David H. Deans, 27 March 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Developing Countries, Smartphones.

How forward-thinking utilities are adopting the Internet of Things

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Most utility companies have a plan to utilize technologies that are key ingredients of the Internet of Things (IoT). As an example, the Smart Grid Sensor market will expand rapidly in the coming decade, with revenues growing nearly ten-fold, according to the latest worldwide market study by IHS. IHS forecasts that while the smart grid sensor market only accounted for less than 20 percent of total sensor sales revenues in 2014, they will account for 75 percent of the total sensor market in 2021.The smart grid...

By David H. Deans, 26 March 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Case Studies, IoT.

Examining the unruly transition to software defined networking

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The traditional enterprise networking market will continue to evolve as more companies deploy new technologies to increase overall efficiency and productivity, drive revenue growth, and secure their essential network infrastructure.

Overall, the enterprise networking market will grow at a 5.9 percent CAGR through 2018 to reach $99 billion in revenue due to double-digit CAGRs in the wireless networks and security...

By David H. Deans, 05 March 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Industry, Networks, SDN.

U.S. Smartphone Penetration Reaches 75 Percent

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Imagine that a marketer could reach more than 70 percent of Americans without utilizing traditional mass-media, such as TV or radio. Well, that's the allure of mobile marketing via smartphone apps.We're just beginning to see the full potential of the mobile cloud phenomena in America. The latest market research will reveal the upside opportunity. ComScore released data reporting key trends in the U.S. smartphone industry for December 2014.Apple ranked as the top smartphone...

By David H. Deans, 11 February 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Industry, Research, Smartphones.

Ups and downs of the mobile internet movement

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Not that long ago, internet access via a mobile phone was considered a novelty. Today, as more mobile network operators continue to achieve breakthroughs in broadband upload and download speeds, the growth in total mobile data traffic is rising exponentially.ABI Research now predicts that the average monthly data consumed per mobile service subscriber will increase from 445 megabytes in 2014 to 2,289 megabytes by 2019.In early December 2014, Nokia Networks unveiled its carrier...

By David H. Deans, 03 February 2015, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Capacity, Industry, Infrastructure, Networks.

Car telematics subscribers to reach 158.9m by 2020

According to the latest market study by Berg Insight, shipments of OEM embedded telematics systems worldwide are forecast to grow from 8.4 million units in 2013 at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 30.6 percent to reach 54.5 million units in 2020.Moreover, the number of cars sold worldwide equipped with head-units featuring handset-based telematics capabilities will grow from 7.0 million in 2013 to 68.5 million in 2020.Telematics is a broad term that may be applied to a wide range of connected services in the...

By David H. Deans, 19 September 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Industry, Research, Telematics.

Over the top video revenue to reach $9.45bn in Europe

The total over-the-top (OTT) video revenue in Europe was up 51 percent in 2013 reaching $3.2 billion and is expected to grow a further 43 percent this year, according to the latest market study by Strategy Analytics.They predict that the majority of this new growth will occur within the online subscription VOD (SVOD) and ad-supported video business models, lifting the market above $9.45 billion by year-end 2018.The growth of OTT video suggests that the audience is shifting towards accessibility and availability over actual ownership of home videos on...

By David H. Deans, 17 September 2014, 0 comments. Categories: IPTV, OTT Services.

Why telecom network APIs are a catalyst for growth

When you think about sources of business or technology innovation, does the current telecom or cable TV industry players come to mind? Yes, it's a rhetorical question, we already know the answer.Most broadband service providers are not recognized for new business ideas or product leadership. That's why they typically rely upon outside vendors to create the concepts for new original sources of revenue. That's particularly true for software-based innovations.The telecom network Application Programming Interface (API) is the conduit for that creativity. Telecom APIs...

By David H. Deans, 02 September 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Developers, Industry, Networks.

How wireless technologies enable the Internet of Everything

Imagine a world where all manner of electrical and electronic devices are connected together via a wireless link -- that's the Internet of Everything. The installed base of active wireless connected devices will exceed 16 billion in 2014, that's about 20 percent more than in 2013, according to the latest market study by ABI Research.Moreover, the number of devices will more than double from the current level, with 40.9 billion forecast for 2020."The driving force behind the surge in connections is that usual buzzword suspect, the Internet of Things (IoT)," said Aapo Markkanen, principal...

By David H. Deans, 27 August 2014, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, M2M, Research.

Worldwide TV ad spend will reach $236 Billion in 2020

The transition to digital marketing is still a huge challenge for many legacy marketers, so when they gain access to additional budget they choose to spend it on media that's within their comfort-zone. For those with a traditional media buyer mind-set, that often translates into spending more on television advertising.Global TV advertising expenditure will reach $236 billion in 2020, up by 38 percent ($64 billion) from 2013 and up by 54 percent ($82 billion) on 2010, according to the latest market study by Digital TV Research.Regardless of the relatively poor ROI performance,...

By David H. Deans, 22 August 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Industry, Marketing.

How the legacy telecom market will transition to web-scale

Worldwide traffic on 3G and 4G mobile communication networks continues to reach new highs as operators strive to satisfy the insatiable craving for broadband access to the Mobile Internet.

Around the globe, satisfying this demand - by expanding network capacity - will push mobile packet core spending to over $18 billion through 2019.

Though much of the telecom market experienced a 1Q 2014 seasonal dip, mobile packet core expansion continues with just-in-time infrastructure deployment.

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By David H. Deans, 31 July 2014, 1 comment. Categories: LTE, Networks, Research.

How network virtualisation will advance the telecom sector

As new technologies continue to evolve, open network virtualisation strategies are reshaping the telecom carrier ecosystem. The ongoing shift to cloud services and mobile internet technologies is driving service providers and their suppliers to improve their efficiency and agility.

According to the latest market study by International Data Corporation (IDC), network virtualisation is set to revolutionise the telecom sector -- transforming the operational culture, as well as the fabric of legacy proprietary...

By David H. Deans, 30 July 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, Networks.

4G LTE mobile subscribers will exceed 1 billion in 2017

LTE is a fourth-generation (4G) global standard which is the natural development route for GSM/HSPA network operators - it's also the next generation mobile broadband system for many CDMA network operators.

Juniper Research forecasts a rapid uptake of 4G LTE mobile technology in the next five years, with active connections crossing the 1 billion mark in 2017 - and reaching 1.8 billion by 2019. This will represent 22 percent of the global active mobile subscriber identity module (SIM) connections by this...

By David H. Deans, 18 July 2014, 1 comment. Categories: Industry, LTE, Research.

4G LTE mobile subscribers will exceed 2 Billion by 2019

By the end of 2013, global LTE-related cellular subscriptions had surpassed 230.9 million -- that's 3.3 percent of all mobile subscribers worldwide -- and will continue to grow at a CAGR of 36.6 percent between 2014 and 2019, to exceed 2 billion. Mobile internet usage isn't the only market driver. The extensive presence of 4G LTE networks is also stimulating the deployment of Voice over LTE (VoLTE) technologies.By the end of 2014, there are expected to be 59.6 million VoLTE subscriptions in place, and it's...

By David H. Deans, 03 June 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Industry, LTE.

How connected cars will create multiple opportunities

Important developments in the consumer and commercial telematics arena have subtly changed the nature of the industry altogether - particularly within the consumer telematics space. Vehicle manufacturers are taking telematics extremely seriously, as connectivity can now make or break the sale of a much more valuable item, that is, the purchase of an automobile.Global revenues from consumer and commercial telematics are forecast to reach nearly $20 billion by 2018 -- with additional soft revenues being generated from areas such as car servicing, big data enabled by telematics, and enhanced customer service offerings.These additional...

By David H. Deans, 29 May 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Telematics.

Upside opportunities for wireless connectivity integration

Wireless communication capabilities will become embedded in more and more everyday devices over time. The resulting connectivity applications seem limitless. Moreover, the growing demand creates a huge opportunity for wireless chipset manufacturers.Annual wireless connectivity chipset shipments across Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, NFC, GPS, and ZigBee show no sign of slowing down, reaching almost nine billion annual shipments by 2019, according to the latest market study by ABI Research.Had it not been for combo chipsets...

By David H. Deans, 27 May 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, Infrastructure, Research.

Connected Living market to reach $731 Billion by 2020

Massive technology-led disruption across all industries is moving everyone globally towards an Internet of Everything -- where into the 2020's, tens of millions of people will be connected by trillions of digital things and software applications.This evolution started in the 1970's that had specialized activities driven by proprietary equipment and mainframes, then increased productivity in the 1990's propelled by the advent of PC's and the internet, followed by bursts of disruption and innovation in 2010 onward...

By David H. Deans, 20 May 2014, 1 comment. Categories: Devices, Industry, Research.

More than 620,000 Wi-Fi Hotspots are deployed in China

Worldwide Wi-Fi deployments reached a total of 4.2 million hotspots in 2013, and will continue to grow at a CAGR of 15.0 between 2013 and 2018 to exceed 10.5 million, according to the latest market study by ABI Research.Among the global Wi-Fi hotspots, 68.6 percent of Wi-Fi is in Asia-Pacific, followed by 12.3 percent in Latin America, 9.0 percent in Europe, 8.7 percent in North America, and 1.4 percent in Middle East and Africa.The number includes Wi-Fi hotspots deployed by mobile network operators and fixed-line carriers as well as third party operators."The mobile data growth has boosted...

By David H. Deans, 14 May 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Infrastructure, Research, WiFi.

Better Together: 4G Small Cells and Carrier Wi-Fi

A recent survey revealed that tier-one mobile network operators expect 22 percent of all additional data capacity added during 2014 to come from Wi-Fi offload, according to the Wireless Broadband Alliance.By 2018, Wi-Fi offload is predicted to contribute 20 percent of additional mobile data capacity -- plus a further 21 percent will come from small cells with integrated Wi-Fi.These findings demonstrate how important data offload is to mobile network operators, accounting for an average of 20 percent of data traffic, up to 80 percent in densely populated areas such as transport hubs and...

By David H. Deans, 28 April 2014, 1 comment. Categories: Infrastructure, Small Cells, WiFi.