Clearly Japan has been a dynamic leader in many aspects of global and regional telecommunications. The government has been particularly active in regulating its telecommunication industry in such a way as to introduce more effective competition.
This competitive market has been challenged to develop the most effective business structures to achieve commercial success.
ABI Research expects growth of 10 percent in mobile telecom service provider capital expenditure (CapEx) within Latin America, rising to $6.1 billion. Upgrades and expansion of 3G WCDMA and 4G LTE coverage will result in radio access network-related spending capturing 40 percent of CapEx.
Investment in small cell base stations is gaining momentum — with a forecast of 40 percent year-on-year growth in 2014 to $484 million.
With the advent of mass-deployed broadband Internet access and the development of wireless technology, smart connected devices in the home are now a very real possibility.
Juniper Research forecasts that the installed base of connected appliances in Smart Homes will exceed the 10 million mark by 2017.
“Cellular technologies are playing an increasingly important role in enabling M2M services, comprising the vast majority of WAN wireless M2M connections today — over 220 million, and nearly tripling to just over 630 million connections by 2018,” said Godfrey Chua, directing analyst at Infonetics Research.
The global market for M2M services reached just over $16 billion in 2013, and there were nearly 1.7 billion M2M connections worldwide.
The global mobile phone installed base will grow by 5% in 2015. Asia Pacific has the largest installed base by some margin, while Western Europe has the highest population penetration. Countries with major installed bases include China, United States, UK, Nigeria, India, Brazil and Russia.
Mobile subscription penetration reached 98.2% across the 84 countries covered in a Q4 2013 worldwide study.
Telematics is one of the fastest growing segments of the cellular machine-to-machine (M2M) market. The total telematics M2M SIMs reached 37 million in 2013, representing about 4% of all passenger cars. Pyramid Research estimates that penetration of passenger cars will grow to 12% by 2018 — with telematics M2M SIMs contributing more than 20% of all M2M SIMs.
Europe will become the largest market in 2016, overtaking the U.S. market.
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MRG expects that overall Wi-Fi device shipments will double between 2012 and 2018 – growing to just over 3 billion during that time frame. Accounting for the lion’s share of those chipsets will be smartphones and media tablets.
Outside of Apple, the vast majority of high-end smartphones are shipping with the new 802.11ac type chipsets.
Year-end figures for broadband and IPTV show a slowing but steady growth in broadband subscribers with some significant trends in technology and regional growth in new markets. The figures highlight the addition of over 40 million new users worldwide, an annual increase of 6.15%, bringing the global total up to 678,455,893.
China remains at the top of the table with over 192 million subscribers at the end of the year, having added over 3 million new subscribers in Q4 2013 alone.
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Mobile data traffic is experiencing tremendous growth – with over an 80% increase in global mobile data traffic in 2013 compared to 2012. Led mainly by an increase in mobile video traffic; it is really no surprise that the industry is now beginning to float the idea of 5G infrastructure.
While it is not yet clear what form 5G technology will take, there are plenty of industry players expressing an interest in developing this concept further.
“This is the year that SDN and NFV move from the lab to field trials. Many carriers are in the process of moving from SDN/NFV proof-of-concept projects to working with vendors in the development and ‘productization’ of software that will become the basis for commercial deployments,” said Michael Howard, principal analyst at Infonetics Research.
Only 29% are currently implementing SDNs, but 52% plan to evaluate SDNs by the end of 2014. Nearly every carrier plans to deploy SDN (97%) or NFV (93%) in some aspect of their network.