The latest broadband forecasts from Point Topic have dropped the expected number of broadband lines in the UK by almost 8% at the end of 2016 — from just under 26 million lines to 23.88 million.
While broadband growth overall has slowed, the drop in FTTx subscriptions forecast for the end of 2016 is even more marked — 9.4 million FTTx lines in the UK in 3 years time, almost 12% lower than previously forecast.
via Point Topic
Western Europe is one of the most advanced internet markets in the world, with 69.9% of residents going online at least monthly in 2013, and penetration rates reaching as high as 86.0% in Norway. But just nearby, the situation is different.
Nearly 234 million people in Central and Eastern Europe, or 54.4% of the region’s population, will go online regularly in 2013. Around one-third of internet users in the region will reside in Russia.
Valuable wireless spectrum re-purposing is gaining momentum across the globe. Meanwhile, even though the deployment of 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) networks is proceeding as anticipated, there are still numerous challenges ahead for mobile network service providers.
In 2014, LTE handset shipments in Asia-Pacific and North America — the two largest handset markets — will grow by 28 percent and 25 percent to reach 150 million and 81 million respectively.
Infonetics Research released market size and forecasts from its new report about software-defined networks (SDN). The few early deployments for SDN — including Google, NTT, AT&T, Verizon, DT, BT, and China Mobile — are in large data centers of cloud service providers and large enterprises. About 10% of Ethernet switches will be in-use for SDN by 2017.
Research over the last two years confirms that SDN controllers and Ethernet switches in-use for SDN will play a role in enterprise and data center networks, growing to a $3.1 billion market by 2017.
Pay-TV customer needs and wants are purposely ignored — because the advertiser is the focal point of the legacy business model. In a report that attempts to quantify the costs of an à la carte pricing for cable television, Needham & Co.’s Laura Martin estimates that $45 billion of TV advertising would be at risk under such a change.
Along with 1.4 million American jobs, $20 billion in taxes paid by such cable operators as Comcast (CMCSA) and Time Warner Cable (TWC), and $117 billion in market capitalization.
The typical corporate ICT environment continues to be threatened by security attacks — ranging from opportunistic hackers using pre-built tools through to targeted, well-resourced, state-sponsored cyber activity.
Ovum believes that online attack volumes will continue to rise and no business should consider itself immune — since any type of organization can be targeted by hackers.
The Western Europe Consumer Electronics (CE) market will end 2013 much the same way as it did last year — with -5% growth in retail value, due to lower prices and cannibalization of single-function devices by more mobile multi-functional devices.
According to Strategy Analytics, most major CE devices will experience negative growth in revenue aside from standout categories such as Smartphone, Tablet, Games Console, and Digital Media Adapter.