Broadband Internet is failing to reach those who could benefit most, with Internet access reaching near-saturation in the world’s rich nations but not advancing fast enough to benefit the billions of people living in the developing world, according to the 2015 edition of the State of Broadband report.
Valérie Chaillou, FTTx lead analyst at IDATE, notes “growth perspectives remains still high when superfast technologies represent 37% of broadband access subscriptions at end-2014, and we expect ultra-fast broadband revenues will growth from 91 billion EUR in 2014 to reach 175 billion EUR in 2019.”
Cable broadband equipment spending declines in 1Q15 and continued into the second quarter, with global revenue dipping 2% quarter-over-quarter, according to IHS. In North American, DOCSIS channel shipments were down 25 percent sequentially in 2Q15 after increasing 13 percent in 1Q15.
In the first half of 2015 report, Alcatel-Lucent estimates that 80 percent of malware infections detected on mobile networks have been traced to Windows-based computers. This finding represents a significant change from 2013 and 2014 when the source of mobile network infections were roughly split 50:50 between Android and Windows-supported devices.
Global ad spending will continue to grow, but more slowly than previously forecast by eMarketer. In 2015, total worldwide advertising spending will reach $569.65 billion. This figure has been adjusted downward from $577.79 forecast in March, due to lower-than-expected ad spending in Latin America, North America, and Western Europe.
8.2 million mobile handsets were shipped in the UK during the second quarter 2015 — which is flat, compared to a year ago. Market growth was impacted by sluggish mobile network operator subsidies and saturated penetration. And, Samsung became the number one handset vendor with all four major UK operators during the quarter.
Source: Strategy Analytics
Both Alibaba and Tencent have created formidable Internet ecosystems within China. However, the increasingly competitive Chinese economy is now slowing, and their continued growth depends on weakening the control of Google, Facebook and Amazon over the global digital eCommerce market.
Source: STL Partners