Market Trends

Worldwide Transcoder Vendor Revenues Set to Get a Boost from HEVC

Scottsdale, Ariz., November 21, 2013--MRG expects revenues for total transcoders to reach just over US$ 490 million by 2017 as the live portion of the total continues to account for higher revenues.  Many live transcoders are bought by pay-TV providers who are offering multiscreen services out of fear of OTT providers undermining their business. They are spending money without generating additional revenue or improving margins.

Middle East & Africa: TV Advertising Revenues to Top US$10 billion

London, UK - November 15, 2013 -  New research from Informa Telecoms & Media shows that global TV advertising revenues will climb by 5.2% in 2014 to reach US$171 billion. This follows a 1.9% increase expected for 2013. The rise in 2014 will be driven by improving consumer and corporate confidence along with the summer's World Cup finals in Brazil.

Ericsson Mobility Report: Global Smartphone Subscriptions to reach 5.6 billion by 2019

Stockholm, Sweden,  November 11, 2013--The latest Ericsson Mobility Report reveals that mobile subscriptions are expected to reach 9.3 billion by 2019, and more than 60 percent of these - 5.6 billion - will be for smartphones. To support the smartphone user experience, WCDMA/HSPA networks are predicted to cover 90 percent of the world's population by 2019. Moreover, almost two-thirds (65 percent) of the world's population will be covered by 4G/LTE networks.  

OTT SVOD Revenues Set to Reach Nearly $8 Billion in 2017

Scottsdale, Ariz., November 5, 2013--MRG expects the OTT SVOD market to record significant growth worldwide in the coming years, reaching nearly US$8 billion on more than 120 million subscribers globally by 2017.

Smartphone Shipments Reach a Record 250 mil. in Q3 2013

Hampshire, UK, October 29,  2013--Leading hi-tech mobile analysts Juniper Research estimates that the number of smartphone shipments exceeded a quarterly record of 250 million in Q3 2013, representing a y-o-y growth of almost 49% from Q3 2012, and q-o-q growth of 10%. Samsung now accounts for a third of all smartphones shipped with an estimated 85 million smartphones – a record for the company. The company reported a 26% growth in profit, driven by an increase of smartphone sales in both Premium and Economy segments.

WTA Announces New Teleport Business Benchmarks Study

New York City, October 17, 2013 – The World Teleport Association (WTA) today announced a new research initiative, Teleport Business Benchmarks. This new study seeks to develop a set of industry-wide financial and operating ratios for independent commercial teleport operations. 

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.