New technologies — such as cloud, mobile, analytics, social, sensors and in-memory computing — offer the promise of innovation and creation of competitive advantages. However, enterprises face challenges to their adoption.
As IT service providers look at offering more of these solutions, Gartner predicts that by 2018, 20 percent of spending on new technologies will be on fully integrated as-a-service platform solutions.
The Wireless Broadband Alliance published findings from a survey on the Wi-Fi hotspot market. The global market study revealed that mobile network operators expect 22 percenet of all additional data capacity added during 2013-2014 to come from Wi-Fi offload.
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.
The introduction of new applications will give greater meaning to the esoteric concept of mobile machine-to-machine (M2M) communications.
As an example, the number of new cars shipping globally with factory-installed safety and security telematics is expected to grow from 11.5 million in 2013 to 50.8 million in 2018, with a CAGR of 34.5 percent.
As internet demand grows exponentially, Content Delivery Networks (CDN) should be used to reduce the overall traffic. In 2012, CDN traffic was 53% of all consumer traffic, and will grow to 65% by 2017.
CDN architectures should evolve. In the future all content will be closer to the end-user, as more cloud service providers use cache servers within the access network.
Senior executives have been waiting for actionable insight from the mass of information that their IT departments already gather about their customers. But many have become very impatient — because they want to see results, now.
Ovum expects a significant wave of business technology ramp-ups in 2014, in response to the market demand.
Over the past five years contactless payments have emerged as a means by which both retailers and network operators can gain tangible benefits. This advantage comes from reduced operating costs and increased sales — with greater consumer throughput at the point of sale (POS) terminal.
Juniper Research has found that 249 million cards will be used for contactless payments in 2014.
The overall wireless packet core market grew more than 17 percent during the third quarter of 2013 versus the year-ago period, according to Dell’Oro. Regions outside the North American LTE market are now driving Evolved Packet Core (EPC) results. And EPC spending will accelerate in Europe and in China in the coming quarters.
Network Function Virtualization (NFV) technology furnished by leading vendors is now being trialed by mobile network operators. In 2014 and beyond, operators will begin deploying NFV EPC systems.
Some leading nations have already reached a major milestone in deploying next-generation wireless broadband capabilities. The mobile network operators in North America are nearing the end of the first wave of 4G LTE investment.
Already Verizon’s LTE network boasts population coverage of more than 95 percent. Around 70 percent of the American people also have access to AT&T’s LTE network.
The global enterprise PBX market — including TDM, hybrid and pure IP — totaled $1.9 billion in 3Q13, that’s up 5% sequentially, but down 8% from last year. Sales of unified communications (UC) applications grew 5% in 3Q13 from 2Q13. None of the major geographical regions posted year-over-year gains in PBX revenue.
“It’s been a rough year for enterprise telephony, as demand remains flat to down and pricing continues to drop,” said Diane Myers, a principal analyst at Infonetics Research.
It’s coming soon, to a moving vehicle near you. 4G LTE is about to have a significant impact on the adoption of telematics services — due to network stability and coverage.
It’s estimated that 76 percent of automotive industry executives expect all new vehicles to be ‘telematics connected’ by 2022.