Cable companies around the globe continue to invest in network infrastructure to meet consumer demand for broadband internet access and better tiered service offerings. Globally, CCAP, CMTS, edge QAM and CMC equipment revenue totaled $493 million in 4Q14, an 11 percent sequential increase.
SMS is losing market share to over-the-top (OTT) mobile messaging services. The volume of OTT mobile messages worldwide will rise from 10 trillion in 2013 to a massive 67 trillion in 2018. Meanwhile, global SMS text message volume was expected to fall from 9 trillion to 6.7 trillion.
Nigeria will be the strongest performer at 6.7 percent growth in 2015, but heavily dependent on natural resources and vulnerable to global demand. Telecom services, and mobile internet access in particular, could help boost the economy.
At the end of 2014, LTE-Advanced covered its first 100 million people worldwide — that’s just 4 years since the network technology inception. ABI Research predicts that the coverage will reach 1 billion mobile subscribers in 4 more years.
Propelled by API exposure platforms and enterprise services, the global market for service delivery platform (SDP) software and services grew 13 percent in 2014 to just under $4.7 billion. Virtualization and cloud computing is a hot topic throughout the communications industry right now, and the service delivery platform segment is no exception.
The ongoing adoption of more powerful mobile devices and machine-to-machine (M2M) connections are key contributors to significant mobile data traffic growth, according to the latest annual update of the Cisco Visual Networking Index (VNI) Global Mobile Data Traffic Forecast.
According to PwC, 2014 deal values increased by more than 90 percent versus 2013, generally driven by three significant transformative deals in the Cable and Internet sub-sectors. Meanwhile, overall deal volumes remained steady year over year, with nearly 890 mergers and acquisitions (M&A) in 2014, that’s up by three percent from the prior year (866).