The Software Defined Networking (SDN) Market is forecast to grow more than 65% in 2014, versus 2013. With architectures ratified and production deployments under way, Network Security Appliances and Ethernet Switches will continue to comprise the majority of SDNs impact, with SDN gaining a foothold outside of the major cloud computing service providers.
Asia–Pacific (APAC) and the Middle East and Africa (MEA) are two of the most fertile regions for digital economy deployments. APAC dominates MEA in terms of the number of cloud-based services initiatives. This is stimulated by mobile internet and cloud service usage – smartphone penetration as a proportion of total active handset connections in APAC will reach 34% by the end of 2014, while it will be 16% in MEA.
via Analysys Mason
Total PSTN and VoIP global fixed-line voice subscribers peaked at 1.29 billion in 2008, and have declined at a compounded annual rate of 1.3 percent since. The fixed voice market is in a period of gradual long-term decline. But while switched telephone lines have declined at a compounded rate of four percent per year, VoIP subscribers have grown 18 percent annually.
3G networks marked a sea change in the way consumers could use their mobile devices — opening up a new world of services, allowing for the speedy delivery of myriad forms of content and providing the infrastructure to support the mobile app ecosystem. Now, users on 4G networks have responded to faster network speeds by consuming greater amounts of content — including video.
High-speed, affordable broadband connectivity to the Internet is a foundation stone of modern society, offering widely recognized economic and social benefits. High-speed broadband is no longer just cutting-edge technology for an elite few. Instead, the steady march of connectivity among the broader population is slowly but surely transforming our society with new ways of accessing services and information.
As the mobile service provider’s traditional sources of communications revenues decrease, the move towards 4G LTE enables new potential streams of revenues — including in-store retail applications, big data analytics, customer experience management and personalized advertising.
Spurred by increased infrastructural investments, improved connectivity and affordability, positive government interventions, and the spread of mobility, the African digital media landscape is rapidly evolving, according to IDC. Although only an estimated 19% of the continent’s 1 billion population is online, this situation is expected to improve as investments in infrastructure continue to gain momentum.