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.

Bargain pricing on 4G LTE in some competitive markets

If you thought that you'll likely

have to pay more for the best mobile network service offering, then think again. According to the latest global market study by ABI Research, more than 55 percent of the least expensive country tariff plans are now on 4G LTE technology -- that's compared to just 22 percent a year ago.This performance has been driven by the aggressive deployment of LTE-based mobile networks and a wider choice of consumer-centric LTE smartphones."However, we found that the average cost of mobile Internet tariff plans across the cheapest 20 markets increased by 8.24 percent between...

By David H. Deans, 04 March 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, LTE, Operators.

The smart device market outlook for China

During 2014, China will remain one of the leading high-growth markets for digital technology. The Chinese Smart Connected Device (SCD) market grew by 45 percent in the third quarter of 2013, according to the latest market study by IDC.However, segment growth was mixed. The market growth rate of smartphones was 64 percent, media tablets were at 77 percent -- but, in contrast, PCs declined by -12 percent.IDC's Worldwide Quarterly Smart Connected Device Tracker provides an integrated view of three important digital technology markets: Personal computers (notebooks and desktops), smartphones, and media tablets. According to the IDC study findings, overall 2013 saw fast growth for the SCD market in China."2013 was a game changing year. The consumer SCD...

By David H. Deans, 19 February 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Devices, M2M, Research.

Why UltraViolet won't halt the Netflix phenomenon

It's already apparent to most video entertainment industry analysts -- fewer people are interested in owning physical media and the recent results of DVD and Blu-ray disc sales in mature markets is a leading indicator of this growing trend. Other key trends are also emerging.Netflix helped boost subscription services to nearly 40 percent of the UK over-the-top (OTT) video entertainment market. The worldwide OTT video market reached nearly $11 billion in 2013, of which Netflix is also a significant contributor in...

By David H. Deans, 11 February 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Operators, OTT Services, Research, Smart TV.

Emerging business models for Smart Wearable devices

A "smart wearable" product is an app-enabled computing device which is worn on, or otherwise attached to the body, while being used. In some cases a wearable device is also considered a fashion accessory.Most wearable devices are always on and accessible at any time with a constant interaction between the user and the device. This definition covers a wide range of devices from watches to displays which can either work independently or in conjunction with an external platform -- such as the smartphone or media tablet. The outlook for wearable technology applications is very bright. New findings from a recent market study has revealed...

By David H. Deans, 06 December 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Devices, Industry, Research.

Internet of things and M2M apps move to open platforms

In spite of global recession, certain areas of the global M2M industry are illustrating remarkable resilience -- even with the threat of new business models created from the ever-increasing sophistication of the global smartphone and software app ecosystem. According to the latest market study by Juniper Research, the installed base of cellular machine-to-machine (M2M) devices will approach 500 million modules by 2018, driven by more open M2M ecosystems and improved cloud-based APIs. According to their assessment, the M2M space is seeing an increasing focus on the development of open platforms that simplify connectivity to a wide range of isolated devices through the cloud. This...

By David H. Deans, 13 November 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, M2M, Research.

Upside for Smart Devices with embedded M2M tech

Machine to machine (M2M) connectivity will be embedded in more than 2 billion devices across nine key industries by 2018 - but it will be cellular wireless communication services that will bring the bulk of the value and the revenues, according to the latest global market study by ABI Research. A new generation of smart devices is set to have embedded connectivity and manufacturers already have a number of technologies to select to deliver network connectivity. ABI Research has examined the demand and appeal for M2M connectivity across cellular, satellite, fixed-line and short-range wireless technologies within nine key industry...

By David H. Deans, 11 November 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Infrastructure, M2M, Research, Wireless.

How to extract meaning and value from M2M data

Mobile network service providers are going to be inundated with machine-to-machine (M2M) data. Extracting meaning and value from that mass of raw information is a huge undertaking. Analytics software platforms and professional services are part of the solution. ABI Research forecasts that the M2M analytics industry will grow a robust 53.1 percent over the next 5 years -- from $1.9 billion in 2013 to $14.3 billion in 2018. The ABI forecast includes revenue segmentation for the five components that together enable analytics to be used in M2M services: including data integration, data storage, core analytics, data presentation, and...

By David H. Deans, 01 November 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, M2M, Operators.

Analysing the upside opportunities within the cloud gaming market

The video game sector is constantly evolving to meet the expectations for product innovation. In a recent market study, Microsoft just beat out Sony for the top position in a game console competitive assessment -- based on expectations for the impact of Sony’s PS4 and Microsoft’s Xbox One game consoles. ABI Research evaluated a number of companies across three device categories: game consoles, smart set-top boxes, and TVs/Blu-ray players. Several factors were used to score each company based on two...

By David H. Deans, 30 October 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, Industry, OTT Services, WiFi, Wireless.

Mobile Network Operators will gain from Big Data

Known as subscriber churn, the loss of a current customer to a competitor is something that all mobile phone service providers would avoid, if at all possible. In the highly competitive industry where a significant segment of subscribers are looking for a better deal, any insight about those most inclined to leave would be valuable. According to the latest market study by Juniper Research, mobile network operators worldwide are set to gain from a significant reduction in subscriber churn through the adoption of Big Data and analytics techniques. What's the incentive? This one particular service provider application will be...

By David H. Deans, 17 October 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Cloud, Networks.

Why telecom service providers must evolve, now

Communication service providers can no longer continue down their traditional path of revenue generation and expect to survive, due to the overwhelming evidence that their legacy business strategy is obsolete. Dramatic shifts and changes in the marketplace now require decisive action. Small incremental tweaks to old business plans and established financial models cannot result in the desired outcomes. A major crossroads has been reached. There are two options; either adapt to the apparent market realities or...

By David H. Deans, 03 October 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Content, Industry, Networks, Operators.

4G LTE connections will reach 1 billion by 2018

4G Americas reports that HSPA and LTE mobile broadband has grown to 192.5 million subscriptions in North America, representing 52 percent of the more than 373 million total mobile subscriptions in the region at the end of the second quarter of 2013, according to the latest market study by Informa Telecoms & Media. The North American market remains in the leadership position of LTE market share worldwide with 51 percent of the world’s 126 million connections at the end of June 2013. In Latin America, the HSPA and LTE mobile broadband market share has risen to 21 percent with 147 million connections of the...

By David H. Deans, 24 September 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Infrastructure, LTE, Networks, Research.

Exploring smartphone market segmentation realities

According to the latest market study by Juniper Research, the smartphone operating system (OS) market will see new emerging players in the coming years gain ground -- such as Asha, Sailfish and HTML 5 based OS players. In the near term, the global market is expected to be dominated by Android and iOS. Juniper argues that these new OS contenders will built upon important market niches -- focusing on cost innovation and utilizing local knowledge -- in synergy with the next generation of consumers that seek mobile internet access. Over time, this focus on creating smartphone offerings for targeted market segments may begin the slow decline of the current global OS...

By David H. Deans, 23 August 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Devices, Industry, Research.

Cloud music services will reach 191 million subs

Fans of recorded music that are already paying for on-demand streaming services will total 29 million people worldwide at the end of 2013, according to the latest market study by ABI Research. Accounting for 32 percent of the premium music service subscribers, Spotify is expected to close the year as the leader -- trailed by Deezer, SK Telecom’s MelOn, and rounded out by Rhapsody and Sony. Moreover, the high-growth cloud music services subscriber base is forecasted to reach 191 million by the end of...

By David H. Deans, 15 August 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Content, Entertainment, Research.

Examining the upside opportunities in the mobile payments market

The mobile payments market has long been an attractive opportunity, and mobile service providers have been facilitating payments for content services for many years. Mobile payment services such as ticketing and contactless payments have been available in some markets since the late 1990s or early 2000s. More advanced m-payments services - typically targeting customers in the developed world - such as m-wallet and associated value-added services, can generate significant revenue for mobile network operators in...

By David H. Deans, 08 August 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, Billing, Consumers, Operators, OTT Services.

Examining the upside market opportunities for M2M connections

Machine to machine (M2M) applications growth continues on an upward trajectory. Cellular M2M connections are set to reach over 450 million by 2018, according to the latest market study by ABI Research. Europe dragged down worldwide connection growth in 2011 and 2012 to the high teens, but with improving world economics connection growth will accelerate to a CAGR of 26 percent through 2018. However, recent connection growth has come in the face of declining connection ARPUs. "The market for M2M connections can...

By David H. Deans, 06 August 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, Big Data, M2M, Operators.

M2M module market reached $1.5 billion in 2012

Infonetics Research released findings from its latest mobile communications sector market study, which provides market size, analysis, and forecasts for mobile machine-to-machine (M2M) modules by technology, vertical industry, and geographic region. Mobile network operators are deploying more M2M solutions and enterprises and consumers are increasingly adopting them across the globe -- creating a robust outlook for the overall M2M services market, as well as the mobile M2M module market. “To put things in perspective, the mobile M2M module is just one of many technology solutions available for M2M services, one that represents less than 15 percent of active M2M connections...

By David H. Deans, 09 July 2013, 0 comments. Categories: M2M, Marketing, Mobile, Networks, Operators.

What are the upside opportunities for M2M modules?

Mobile machine-to-machine (M2M) modules -- based upon 2G technologies -- continued to dominate shipments in 2012 with over 70 percent market share, according to the latest market study by ABI Research. As a result, module revenues did not break the $1 billion mark as hoped and the average module price continued to decline. "Cellular M2M module price competition was intense in 2012 driven by several factors," says, Dan Shey, practice director at ABI...

By David H. Deans, 05 June 2013, 0 comments. Categories: M2M, Mobile, Networks, Research.

4G LTE connections grow 50 percent in 5 months

According to the latest market study by 4G Americas, the number of LTE connections worldwide passed 100 million in May -- with the U.S. and Canada capturing 57 million subscriptions of that global total. There are 172 operators in 70 countries with LTE mobile networks and more than 250 commercial LTE networks are expected by the end of 2013. "We are pleased to report that 20 Latin American operators have commercially deployed LTE networks and the number of connections in the region is quickly increasing," said Chris Pearson, President of 4G Americas.

By David H. Deans, 04 June 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Industry, Infographic, LTE, Mobile, Smartphones.