Market Trends

Ovum Forecasts Mobile Operators Will Face Global Revenue Decline by 2018

London, UK, October 10, 2013 – The golden age of telecoms growth and prosperity is waning, according to Ovum. New research from the global analyst firm predicts that global connections will grow by a CAGR of less than 4 percent between 2012 and 2018, while global revenues will grow at less than half that rate. As growth slows and ARPU continues to decline, operators will need to find new ways to serve customers more profitably, not just focus on increasing subscriber numbers, says Ovum.

Connected TV Forecasted to Takeoff

London, UK, October 9, 2013--The number of TV sets connected to the Internet will reach 759 million by 2018 for 40 countries covered in the Connected TV Forecasts report, up from 115 million  at end-2010 and the 307 million expected at end-2013. This translates to 26.8% of 
global TV sets by 2018, up from only 5.1% at end-2010 and 12.4% by end-2013. 

Installed Base of Internet-Connected Video Devices to Reach 8 Billion by 2017

El Segundo, Calif., Oct. 8, 2013—More than 8 billion Internet-connected video devices will be installed worldwide in 2017, exceeding the population of the planet, according to research from  the Broadband Technology Service at IHS Inc.

ITU Releases Latest Tech Figures & Global Rankings

Geneva, October 7, 2013 – Mobile broadband over smartphones and tablets has become the fastest growing segment of the global ICT market, according to ITU’s flagship annual report Measuring the Information Society 2013. New figures released today show buoyant global demand for information and communication technology (ICT) products and services, steadily declining prices for both cellular and broadband services, and unprecedented growth in 3G uptake.

Arab Satellite Pay TV Providers Broadcast a Total of 151 Channels.

Amman, Jordan, October 7, 2013--New research and analysis by the Arab Advisors Group reveals that as of August 2013 the four satellite Pay TV operators, broadcasting from the region, offered a combined total of 151 channels. OSN is the leader in terms of the number of offered channels.  

Satellite-Based Earth Observation Growth to be driven by Commercial Vertical Markets

Wilmington, DE, October 1, 2013 – NSR’s Global Satellite-Based Earth Observation (EO), 5th Edition report, released today, projects satellite-based EO revenues from Data, Processing and Information Products will reach $6 billion in the coming ten years, up from $2.2 billion in 2012. Facing a difficult public sector budgetary climate, the EO industry is now shifting its roots from Government & Military customers to blooming Commercial verticals, with the latter representing more than 50% of the market in 2022. New Data products, new solutions, new business models and renewed pressures to lower shutter control regulations point towards strong creative innovation developing in the EO market.

Global 3DTV sales to increase 166% by 2017, but Content will be Limited

Dunstable, UK, September 26, 2013--Consumer uptake of 3D hardware continues apace, with the market on track to achieve 157.7 million 3DTV sales in 2017, up from a forecast of 59.3 million for 2013, according to a new report from Futuresource Consulting.

4G Networks to Handle More Data Traffic Than 3G Networks by 2016

Singapore, September 23, 2013--Even though 4G’s share of cellular subscriptions stood at a meager 2.9% at the end of 2Q 2013, it is expected to account for slightly more than 20% of the total data consumed on mobile networks worldwide this year. After surpassing 3G networks in 2016, 4G networks will go on to capture two-thirds of data traffic by 2018, according to market intelligence firm ABI Research.

UN Broadband Commission Releases latest Country-by-country Data on State of Broadband Access Worldwide


New York,NY, September 21, 2013 – Mobile broadband is the fastest growing technology in human history, according to the 2013 edition of the State of Broadband ReportReleased in New York at the 8th meeting of the Broadband Commission for Digital Development, the report reveals that mobile broadband subscriptions, which allow users to access the web via smartphones, tablets and WiFi-connected laptops, are growing at a rate of 30% per year.

Global Connectable Devices Set to Grow at a 16.5% CAGR to More than 2.5B Units Shipped in 2017

Scottsdale, Ariz.,  September 19, 2013--The vast majority of CE devices shipping today are what MRG defines as “connectable” devices; they have the ability to connect directly to home networks and/or the Internet via wireless or wired means. MRG expects shipments of connectable devices to grow to roughly 2.5  billion in 2017, representing a compound annual growth rate of 16.5%.