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 Thursday, February 28, 2013

Facebook announces discounting data access to messaging on mobile.

"Today we’re announcing partnerships with mobile operators to provide free or discounted data access to Facebook messaging for their subscribers.

Through this promotion, free or discounted data access will be available in the coming months on Messenger for Android, Messenger for iOS and Facebook for Every Phone, which is now optimized for chat.

This promotion will be available from more than 18 operators in 14 countries. Operators committed to special pricing for Facebook messaging include TMN in Portugal, Three in Ireland, Airtel and Reliance in India, Vivacom in Bulgaria, Backcell in Azerbaydzhan, Indosat, Smartfren, AXIS and XL Axiata in Indonesia, SMART in Philippines, DiGi in Malaysia, DTAC in Thailand, Viva in Bahrain, STC in Saudi Arabia, Oi in Brazil, Etisalat in Egypt, and Tre in Italy.

Messaging on Facebook lets people connect with friends and contacts on the go, regardless of what device they are using. Three out of every four people on Facebook send a message on the platform each month, making messaging one of the most popular activities on Facebook. Today, Facebook messaging and chat can be accessed from more than 6,000 mobile phones via Facebook Messenger, Facebook for iOS and Android, Facebook for Every Phone, m.facebook.com and across other devices with Facebook integration."

Source: Facebook Mobile.

Thursday, February 28, 2013 8:46:50 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, November 07, 2011

The UN's Broadband Commission for Digital Development has agreed on a set of four "ambitious but achievable" new targets for countries to target in broadband policy, affordability and uptake. The first aims to make broadband policy universal and targets a national broadband plan or strategy in all countries by 2015. This can also mean the inclusion of broadband in their universal access/service definitions. To make broadband affordable, the commission called for developing countries to take steps to ensure regulation and market forces provide for entry-level broadband services, for example, at a cost of less than 5 percent of average monthly income. This should support the third goal of 40 percent of households in developing countries with internet access by 2015. The final goal is 60 percent worldwide internet user penetration by 2015, including 50 percent in developing countries and 15 percent in the Least Developed Countries (LDCs). 


The targets were unveiled at the ITU Telecom World event in Geneva. The commission set up last year is co-chaired by President Paul Kagame of Rwanda and Carlos Slim Helu, chairman and CEO of Telmex and America Movil. The ITU will undertake responsibility for measuring each country’s progress towards the targets, producing an annual broadband report with rankings of nations worldwide in terms of broadband policy, affordability and uptake. 


The 'Broadband Challenge' endorsed by the commission recognizes communication as "a human need and a right", and calls on governments and private industry to work together to develop the innovative policy frameworks, business models and financing arrangements needed to facilitate growth in access to broadband worldwide. It urges governments to avoid limiting market entry and taxing ICT services unnecessarily to enable broadband markets to realize their full growth potential, and encourages governments to promote coordinated international standards for interoperability and to address the availability of adequate radio frequency spectrum. The Challenge stresses the need to stimulate content production in local languages and enhance local capacity to benefit from, and contribute to, the digital revolution.

Source: TelecomPaper

Monday, November 07, 2011 8:34:36 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, October 17, 2011
Fixed broadband service revenue will generate over USD 182 billion this year end, according to a study by ABI Research. Despite uncertainty of the global economic situation, fixed broadband subscriber numbers are continuing to grow steadily. The availability of mobile broadband services is also causing a slight decline in the growth of fixed broadband net addition. Net broadband subscriber additions are increasing in the markets. China and India in the Asia-Pacific, Russia in Eastern Europe and Brazil in Latin America are the markets with potential for growth. These countries will be the major contributors to fixed broadband subscriber growth over the next five years.
 
However, net subscriber additions are declining slowly in some of the mature markets such as Denmark, Finland, and the Netherlands. Over the past few years, increasing competition in the market has pressured broadband operators to lower subscription prices. Affordable pricing plans attract more customers and enable broadband operators in market expansion. Broadband operators are trying to provide access to maintain Arpu growth. Subscriber migration to access options including FTTH, VDSL, and Docsis 3.0 technologies will enable operators to raise broadband Arpu. Overall, fixed broadband penetration across each region of the world is expected to grow over the next few years. Revenue from worldwide fixed broadband will surpass USD 216 billion in 2016.
 
Source: TelecomPaper

Monday, October 17, 2011 8:09:23 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, July 26, 2011

The number of fixed broadband subscribers continues to grow in 2011. According to ABI Research practice director Jason Blackwell, "­There were more than 539 million fixed broadband subscribers globally at the end of second quarter. That is an 8% increase from the same quarter in 2010. Customer net addition is stronger in emerging markets."

The number of customers using high bandwidth services such as Internet video and online gaming is growing around the world. Exploding IP traffic generated by these services is putting service providers under pressure to handle the bandwidth demand. Broadband operators are expanding fiber broadband coverage which can best serve these bandwidth-hungry services. As an example, China Telecom is deploying fiber optic broadband aiming to serve 100 million households and 30 million fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) subscribers by the end of 2015.

At present, North America is the region with the highest fiber optic broadband penetration followed by Asia-Pacific. Extending fiber broadband coverage not only increases speed but also allows the roll out of services including video on demand (VOD) and IPTV. ABI Research estimates that worldwide fiber broadband subscriber numbers will more than double in 2016 to 142 million subscribers, from 69.6 million in 2011.

The Asia Pacific region is seeing strong subscriber growth, due in particular to the increasing number of subscribers in China. About 17 million Chinese subscribers have been added since the second quarter of 2010."The Asia-Pacific broadband market is sure to continue growing in the medium-term since low broadband penetration in countries such as China and India leaves plenty of room for broadband growth," comments research analyst Khin Sandi Lynn.

Source: Cellular News

Broadband | FTTH/B | IPTV  | World
Tuesday, July 26, 2011 9:47:52 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, June 10, 2011
The internet's role as a major growth and innovation driver for the global economy, based on the principles of openness, transparency and freedom, was recognised in the G8 summit's so-called Deauville Declaration, entitled "Renewed commitment for freedom and democracy". The document's internet section sets out basic principles and highlights areas where further collaborative efforts are needed. It highlights the importance of the internet in helping to achieve economic and social development goals, calling on the private sector to do its part.
 
The G8 leaders consulted some of the biggest online players and heard representations from NGOs advocating personal freedoms and underling the internet's ability to balance and check the powers of governments and corporations. Their positions are set out in Section II of the document, which addresses issues such as the rule of law, protection of intellectual property, transparency and respect for confidentiality, individual rights and responsibility, arbitrary or indiscriminate censorship or restrictions on access, the role of national governments and the convergence of public policies. Upcoming forums for international cooperation in these areas this year include a high level meeting of the OECD in Paris (June), the UN's Internet Governance Forum in Nairobi, Kenya (September), the Cyber Conference in London and the Conference on Copyright in Avignon, France (both November).

Source: TelecomPaper

Friday, June 10, 2011 10:39:30 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, February 07, 2011

Worldwide mobile broadband-enabled subscriptions are mounting up, and will hit the one billion mark in 2011. According to the latest market data released by ABI Research, at the end of 2010 there were more than five billion mobile subscriptions globally, with one in five of those having access to mobile broadband. Another 28% growth or 6.6 billion wireless subscriptions is expected by 2016, with 40%, or twice the current percentage of users, being mobile broadband-enabled.

Despite many markets reaching saturation with penetration levels in excess of 100%, mobile network operators still have a lot more to look forward to. "With the proliferation of mobile broadband, it has become increasingly common to have multiple mobile connections per user," comments research associate Fei Feng Seet. "The main motivation is the desire to stay connected everywhere, with more high speed 4G wireless networks lighting up, and a huge increase in the popularity of social connectivity."

Chinese and Indian operators are now the top five mobile network operators measured by subscriptions, putting Verizon Wireless in the US into sixth place. As of the third quarter of 2010, China Mobile alone accounted for 11% of all global mobile subscriptions.

"China's and India's penetration levels are nowhere near the 100% mark, leaving much more room for growth than any other countries," notes ABI Research practice director Neil Strother. "However, the strictly regulated telecom markets in these two countries impose high barriers for foreign players, which may slow the rollout of new technology."

In terms of subscriptions, worldwide mobile penetration now stands above 75%, of which the Asia-Pacific region accounts for close to half.

Source: Cellular News

Monday, February 07, 2011 11:56:16 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Latest figures from ABI Research indicates that there are currently more than 500 3G network commitments, and over 300 WiMAX and LTE announcements worldwide. This equates to more than two billion of the world's population being covered by high-speed data networks. The demand for speedy data networks continues to rise across the globe.

"While many networks in US and Europe are working towards complete coverage for 3G services, some mobile operators in other regions find themselves tangled up with government bureaucracy, which impedes progress in upgrading the network technology," comments ABI Research mobile services research practice director Neil Strother. "India has at last concluded its 3G spectrum auction after repeated delays; Thailand's attempt to catch up with 3G licensing has once again stalled due to reorganization of the telecoms regulator."

ABI Research estimates that nearly 82% of the population in Western Europe is currently covered by 3G networks, while only about 12% of Asia-Pacific's population has access to 3G services. "3G coverage in the Asia-Pacific region is set to rise dramatically in the next few years as Chinese and Indian operators such as China Unicom and Bharti Airtel begin actively rolling out new data networks," notes ABI research associate Fei Feng Seet.

Network sharing has became more common in a number of mature markets. For example, French mobile operator SFR will be sharing the rural build-out of its UMTS network with domestic rivals Orange France and Bouygues Telecom. Meanwhile, T-mobile and Orange UK have formed a new joint venture called "Everything Everywhere" in a bid to share costs and spectrum.

Source: Cellular News

3G | Wifi WiMax | World
Tuesday, December 14, 2010 11:53:53 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, September 23, 2010

The internet is a global network; however, data from TeleGeography’s new Global Internet Geography reveal that the market for international internet services remains characterised by distinct regional dynamics.

Traffic soared, but so did capacity. Internet traffic rose 56% in 2010. Carriers piled on 13.2Tbps of new international capacity, and network utilization remained stable. However, regional utilization levels vary widely: peak utilisation levels on intra-Asian links are 50% higher than on intra-European links (see figure).

Africa has a long way to grow. Africa’s international Internet backbone capacity has increased more than 14-fold between 2006 and 2010. However, all of Africa combined still has less than one-third as much international Internet connectivity as the country of Austria, alone.

Prices only go down. Wholesale Internet (IP transit) prices in major US and European cities are by far the lowest in the world, yet they continue to fall as rapidly as prices in major cities of Asia and Latin America.

Market concentration varies widely. The five largest carriers in Asia account for 37% of that region’s international Internet bandwidth. In Latin America, the top 5 carriers operate 77% of international internet capacity.

Source: TeleGeography

Thursday, September 23, 2010 8:47:55 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, June 04, 2010

During the three months ended 31 March 2010 175 million new subscribers or revenue sources were added, some 70% of which came from the Asia/Pacific region.

China and India continue to dominate the wireless subscriber numbers, accounting for 54% of all net new subscribers in the quarter. However, they are not the sole drivers of regional growth. During the first quarter both Indonesia and Vietnam joined India and China in the top six group of wireless growth markets, the only non-Asian countries in the half dozen being Brazil and the United States. Together these six countries added 112 million mobile subscribers during the three-month period. Meanwhile Western Europe hit an unwanted milestone: for the first time it saw a decline in its wireless subscriber base, albeit by a small amount.

Broadband subscriber growth was distributed more evenly across the regions, with Asia/Pacific 'only' accounting for 41% of quarterly additions. Even the more mature markets of Western Europe and North America are continuing to add substantial numbers of subscribers each quarter, each region contributing 16% of the quarterly additions. The top five growth countries were China, the United States, Russia, India and the Philippines, with France, Brazil and Germany all close behind.

While such robust growth in subscribers should be good news for service providers, in truth there was not a lot for CFOs and investors to cheer about. While global annual subscriber growth has continued at a very steady pace, even during the worst of the recession, service provider revenue growth has gradually dwindled. The 1.1% annual revenue growth includes the positive impact of merger and acquisitions. Take away the acquisitions, and revenues are flat.

The 2.1% revenue decline over the previous quarter is also significant. There is some seasonal cyclicality in the market and a drop in Q1 is not unusual, but this drop is substantially bigger than that seen twelve months ago. The recession has not helped, but the main problem is that the big subscriber growth numbers are coming from countries where ARPUs are low and intense competition is pushing them even lower. India has seen an amazing 50% growth in wireless subscribers over the last twelve months, and now has almost 600 million subscribers. However, there is not a single Indian operator in the list of top 30 service providers by revenue. Fierce price competition has had a sharply negative impact on Indian service providers’ revenue growth. For example, Bharti Airtel, the largest Indian operator, achieved subscriber growth of 36% in the past 12 months, but only a 2% increase in revenues. Revenue growth will not return to the global market until companies start to compete on factors other than pricing.

Source: TeleGeography

Friday, June 04, 2010 9:52:28 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Arab nations are leading a "historic" charge to make the world wide web live up to its name. Net regulator Icann has switched on a system that allows full web addresses that contain no Latin characters. Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates are the first countries to have so-called "country codes" written in Arabic scripts. The move is the first step to allow web addresses in many scripts including Chinese, Thai and Tamil. More than 20 countries have requested approval for international domains from the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (Icann). It said the new domains were "available for use now" although it admitted there was still some work to do before they worked correctly for everyone. However, it said these were "mostly formalities".

Icann's senior director for internationalised domain names, Tina Dam, told BBC News that this has been "the most significant day" since the launch of the internet, adding that "it's been a very big day for Icann, more so for the three Arabic countries that were the first to be introduced". Icann president Rod Beckstrom described the change as "historic". The introduction of the first web names using so-called country code top-level domains (CCTLDs) is the culmination of several years of work by the organisation. Previously, websites could use some non-Latin letters, but the country codes such as .eg for Egypt had to be written in Latin script. The three new suffixes will allow web addresses to be completely written in native characters.

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Source: BBC News
Wednesday, May 26, 2010 2:54:18 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, May 25, 2010
The 9th edition of the ITU World Telecommunication/ICT Development Report (WTDR 2010) focuses on Monitoring the WSIS Targets. The year 2010 marks the midpoint between the 2005 Tunis phase of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) and 2015, the deadline for achieving the ten targets that governments agreed upon at the WSIS. The Report is a mid-term review, and provides policy makers with a comprehensive assessment of what has been achieved so far, and what remains to be done. 

The Report has been prepared specifically for the WSIS Forum 2010 and the ITU World Telecommunication Development Conference (WTDC-10), both to be held in May 2010.

The Report is available for free at: http://www.itu.int/ITU-D/ict/publications/wtdr_10/index.html 

Tuesday, May 25, 2010 3:24:00 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, March 22, 2010

The digital divide, like many other economic or social problems, is a global issue.

From the most switched on countries such as Sweden to the poorest nations in Africa there is a widening gap between those with access to technology and those without.

The gap between countries on the same continent is also getting wider.

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Source: BBC News

Monday, March 22, 2010 10:30:02 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, February 15, 2010
The GSM Association expects mobile operators around the world will invest up to USD 72 billion in mobile broadband technologies in 2010. The operator capex data, compiled by Deutsche Bank, cover technologies including HSPA/HSPA+, WCDMA and EVDO/CDMA. Asia Pacific will see the greatest investment in mobile broadband with predicted capital expenditure of up to USD 34 billion. North America follows with up to USD 19 billion, and Europe is expected to invest up to USD 14 billion. Mobile broadband will account for an estimated 52 percent of all operator investment in mobile infrastructure globally. Of all the regions, North America will spend the greatest percentage, 80 percent, of its total mobile capex on mobile broadband.
According to research firm Wireless Intelligence, the growth of HSPA is predicted to increase from an average of around 9 million connections per month at the end of 2009, to almost 13 million per month. Of the total estimated 342 million connections at the end of 2010, Europe will lead the way with 120 million, followed by Asia Pacific with 116 million and North America 58 million. There are currently 200 million HSPA connections worldwide, with more than 1,800 HSPA enabled devices available from more than 150 suppliers. Across 123 countries, there are currently 294 commercially live networks, of which 183 currently deliver peak data rates of above 3.6 Mbps, and 37 commercially live HSPA+ networks, each capable of delivering data speeds up to 21 Mbps.
 
Source: TelecomPaper
Monday, February 15, 2010 1:58:51 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Barcelona, 15 February 2010 — After reaching around 4.6 billion mobile cellular subscriptions by the end of 2009, ITU expects the number of mobile cellular subscriptions globally to reach five billion in 2010, driven by advanced services and handsets in developed countries and increased take-up of mobile health services and mobile banking in the developing world.

"Even during an economic crisis, we have seen no drop in the demand for communications services," says ITU Secretary-General Dr Hamadoun Touré, taking part in the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this week, "and I am confident that we will continue to see a rapid uptake in mobile cellular services in particular in 2010, with many more people using their phones to access the internet."

ITU expects to see the number of mobile broadband subscriptions exceed one billion globally during 2010, having topped 600 million by the end of 2009. With current growth rates, web access by people on the move — via laptops and smart mobile devices – is likely to exceed web access from desktop computers within the next five years.

"Even the simplest, low-end mobile phone can do so much to improve healthcare in the developing world," adds Dr Touré. "Good examples include sending reminder messages to patient’s phones when they have a medical appointment, or need a pre-natal check-up. Or using SMS messages to deliver instructions on when and how to take complex medication such as anti-retrovirals or vaccines. It’s such a simple thing to do, and yet it saves millions of dollars — and can help improve and even save the lives of millions of people."

Concerning mobile banking, rapid growth in mobile cellular subscriptions has meant that there are now large numbers of people worldwide, especially in developing countries, who have a mobile phone subscription but no bank account — and increasingly, subscribers are using their phones for banking.

ITU is the main source of internationally comparable data and statistics on ICT. The Market Information and Statistics Division of the Telecommunication Development Bureau (BDT) collects, harmonizes and disseminates more than 100 telecommunication and ICT indicators from over 200 economies worldwide. Data are accessible online through the ICT Eye portal, on CD and in print publications. ITU regularly publishes analytical reports illustrating the latest trends in the sector. It also monitors the development of the digital divide and has developed widely used benchmarking tools, such as the ICT Development Index (IDI).

Source: ITU

Monday, February 15, 2010 11:45:10 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, November 17, 2009

­The number of worldwide mobile subscribers will reach 5.9 billion by 2013, reports Infonetics Research. The firm notes that there were nearly 4 times more mobile subscribers than access line subscribers worldwide in 2008 (3.9 billion vs. 1 billion). In addition, the number of mobile subscribers grew 17.4% in 2008 over 2007, while access line subscribers declined 5.5%.

The global recession did not prevent people from using communication services, but it clearly accelerated the pace of wireline-to-mobile substitution. China, which had half a billion mobile subscribers in 2008, and India together make Asia Pacific the world's largest mobile subscriber region, now and into the future. The EMEA region is next, with strong growth driven by Africa. Mobile subscriptions will continue to grow strongly over at least the next five years, driven mainly by basic voice service needs in these regions, particularly in BRIC countries (Brazil, Russia, India, and China)," projects Stéphane Téral, Infonetics Research's principal analyst for mobile and FMC infrastructure.

Access lines are disappearing fastest in North America and China, due to the move to fixed-to-mobile substitutions, the switch from copper to fiber lines, and the recession, during which many people ditch their landlines and keep only their mobile or smartphone.

The number of PON FTTH subscribers worldwide is expected to soar at a compound annual growth rate of 32% from 2008 to 2013.

Source: Cellular News

Tuesday, November 17, 2009 4:11:45 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, September 28, 2009

 

At present, MVNOs are predominantly a feature of well-developed telecom markets – most notably in Western Europe, North America and a small number of other countries.

While MVNOs have succeeded in growing their share of these mature markets, the growth trend is obscured when looking at the global picture. Worldwide the statistics show that the growth in MVNO subscribers has not kept pace with the overall growth in wireless subscribers. But this is misleading. Globally, growth in wireless subscribers has been driven predominantly by explosive growth in a small number of developing countries, such as China, India, Russia, Brazil, Indonesia, Vietnam and Pakistan. These are countries in which MVNOs are either prohibited or at a nascent stage of development.

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In 2003, Western Europe and North America accounted for well over 90% of all MVNO subscribers and, despite some growth elsewhere, these two regions still account for over 80% of the total. TeleGeography’s latest research predicts that MVNO growth will gain momentum all around the world over the coming five years. 'As markets approach maturity and as regulatory regimes look to increase competition and to better serve diverse populations, MVNOs will be allowed to launch services in many new countries,' said TeleGeography senior research analyst David Leach. While they will continue to account for only a small percentage of wireless subscribers, TeleGeography forecasts this will be a growing market niche. 'Future MVNOs can learn from the successes and failures of the past five years, and as they do, we predict that the global MVNO subscriber base will more than double in size over the next four years,' added Leach.

Source: Telegeography

MVNO | World
Monday, September 28, 2009 7:59:01 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, June 26, 2009

At the end of March 2009 global wireless subscribers reached 4.16 billion, an impressive 19% increase from a year earlier and not that far off the pace from what has been experienced over the last five years. However, TeleGeography's GlobalComms Insight forecasts that the average annual growth rate over the next five years will drop to 10%, and the fact that growth from 4Q 2008 to 1Q 2009 was just 4%, is one indicator of that slowdown.

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Source: TeleGeography.

Friday, June 26, 2009 11:01:29 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Some of the world’s largest service providers have beaten the recession blues and out-performed overall market growth, either by being focused on high growth markets or by merger and acquisition activities. China Mobile, Vodafone and America Movil fit into the first camp while China Unicom, Vivendi, China Telecom and Verizon are in the latter. All of these companies reported Q1 2009 revenues that were at least 10% higher than their respective Q1 2008 turnover. In aggregate, the seven recorded 16% revenue growth in the latest quarter (when measured in their local currencies).

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Source: TeleGeography.

Friday, June 26, 2009 10:55:19 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, June 04, 2009

Telecoms companies, ISPs and large enterprises in North America and Western Europe have access to abundant and affordable network capacity. But companies with large international bandwidth requirements still face significant challenges elsewhere.

Data from TeleGeography’s Wholesale Bandwidth Pricing Database reveal that stark price differences persist around the globe. For example, the median price of a 2Mbps E-1 circuit between London and Johannesburg in Q4 2008 was nearly USD15,000. For the same price, a bandwidth buyer could lease a 10Gbps wavelength—500 times the capacity of an E-1—between London and New York.

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Source: TeleGeography.

Thursday, June 04, 2009 8:44:23 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Skype’s share of international long-distance traffic, 2008:

New data from TeleGeography show that international voice traffic continues to rise, despite the availability of an ever-broader range of substitutes for standard telephone calls. Cross-border telephone traffic grew 14% in 2007 and is estimated to have grown 12% in 2008, to 384 billion minutes. Due to declining call prices, however, revenues have largely been flat.

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Source: TeleGeography.

Tuesday, March 31, 2009 12:22:59 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, March 23, 2009

At the end of 2008, only 11% of worldwide wireless subscriptions were 3G. By the end of 2013, the percentage of 3G and 4G subscriptions will reach 30%, reports In-Stat. This trend is reflected in fourth quarter 2008 wireless infrastructure contract awards.

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Source: Cellular News.

Monday, March 23, 2009 12:48:46 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Market research firm Infonetics Research released the fourth quarter (4Q08) edition of its Mobile Broadband Cards, Routers, Services, and Subscribers report last week. ­The report found that worldwide, the number of mobile broadband subscribers (including W- CDMA/HSPA and CDMA2000/EV-DO) jumped 125% in 2008 over 2007, hitting 210.5 million, and are expected to top 1 billion by 2013.

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Source: Cellular News.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009 11:49:06 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

­Approximately 40 million users watch mobile TV based on broadcast networks, in addition to those watching mobile TV streams via 3G networks - but this is well below initial projections and only about 1% of all mobile phone users, says a report from Arthur D. Little. Even the business models in markets with sizeable numbers of broadcast mobile TV subscribers - such as Japan with 18 million, South Korea with 17 million or Italy with well over 1 million - have not yet become viable commercial success stories. However, mobile operators remain interested in promoting the service as it can support customer acquisition and retention, and can be used to promote high value "flat-rate packages".

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What's the future of broadcast mobile TV?

Broadcast mobile TV will experience continuous, but slower than previously expected subscriber uptake. However, the prospect of establishing profitable, new broadcast mobile TV business models remains and indirect benefits further motivate the industry to push the service. And, in spite of the current recession, consortia such as China Satellite Broadcasting Corporation or Satellite2mobile, based in Dubai, have advanced plans to launch next generation hybrid satellite/terrestrial mobile TV networks. Once these are launched and reach critical subscriber mass, they will lead to a step-change in the nascent broadcast mobile TV business.

The development in China indicates that Asia may remain the key world region for mobile TV. The national broadcast mobile TV service already has 1.2 million subscribers. The planned launch of the satellite platform and the fact that over 200 types of CMMB-enabled mobile devices are available could lead to rapid mass adoption of mobile TV.

Arthur D. Little expects the number of broadcast mobile TV subscribers to increase from 40 to 140 million users by 2011 - and recommends that executives stay tuned rather than switch off on the topic.

The report can be downloaded rom the Arthur D Little website (registration required).

Source: Cellular News.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009 11:46:13 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, March 16, 2009

Deutsche Bank’s Global Transaction Banking (GTB) division has announced that it is introducing mobile phone payments services to its clients in 80 countries across Europe, Middle East and Asia. Luup, a European-based mobile payment provider, will partner with Deutsche Bank to provide the service.

This new mobile payment service will allow the Bank’s GTB clients to offer millions of consumers an instant and secure payments and money transfer service from any mobile device with any mobile network. It is the first time a major commercial bank has offered a cross-border mobile payments service to its banking and corporate customers.

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Source: Cellular News.

Monday, March 16, 2009 9:45:15 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

A survey has found that 74% of all messages globally are now sent through a mobile device, report TNS. This is a huge increase on 12 months ago where this figure was only 59%. This trend is even higher in emerging markets where nine out ten messages now go out via mobiles.

“As mobile devices slowly take away usage share from fixed services in developed markets, in emerging markets consumers are more likely to by-pass fixed communications altogether and go straight to mobiles,” said Sam Curtis, Sector Development Manager at TNS Technology. The study reveals that in India, for example, consumers are twice more likely to have a mobile phone than a fixed line telephone.

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Source: Cellular News.

Monday, March 16, 2009 9:42:43 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

The USA has knocked the UK off the top slot for mobile web browsing with 29% of the worldwide traffic compared to 20% in the UK, according to data released today by Bango. And the good news for content providers is that the growth in traffic is being matched by the growth in users paying for content on the mobile web.

"With 245 million subscribers, it was only a matter of time before the US became the number 1 country in the world for mobile web browsing," said Anil Malhotra, SVP of Marketing at Bango. "When it comes to payments though, the US is accelerating faster than any other country and now accounts for 57% of payments worldwide, compared to 38% in the UK."

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Source: Cellular News.

Monday, March 16, 2009 9:39:24 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, March 12, 2009

According to a recently published report by Dell’Oro Group, the worldwide total mobile infrastructure market revenue grew 5 percent in 2008, driven by the nearly doubling and quadrupling of revenue of the WCDMA and WiMAX markets, respectively.

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Source: Cellular News.

Thursday, March 12, 2009 10:34:43 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, March 11, 2009

­The global economic downturn had a significant impact on the mobile phone industry as worldwide mobile phone sales to end users totalled 314.7 million units in the fourth quarter of 2008, a 4.6 per cent decline from the fourth quarter of 2007, according to Gartner. Manufacturers continued to struggle against low consumer confidence in both emerging and mature markets.

The top five mobile phone vendors all experienced a decline in sales in the fourth quarter of 2008. The industry did experience growth for the year, with worldwide mobile phone sales to end users surpassing 1.22 billion units in 2008, a 6 per cent increase over 2007 sales.

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Nokia sold nearly 119 million mobile phones in the fourth quarter of 2008, giving it a market share of 37.7 per cent. This was a decline both sequentially and year-on-year. With sales in emerging markets slowing due to the economic environment, Nokia felt more pressure in the second half of 2008. Nokia’s delay in rolling out products with touchscreen functionality caused its smartphone sales to suffer.

Samsung finished a strong year with a good performance. In the fourth quarter of 2008, Samsung was able to grow share sequentially and also year on year, as products such as the Tocco, Innov8 and Omnia continued to drive sales in regions such as Western Europe and Asia/Pacific. Samsung's quick response to demand for touch interfaces was the main reason for its success.

After a blip in the third quarter of 2008, when LG lost its fourth place to Motorola, LG was able to get back on track and jump two places to No. 3 in the fourth quarter of 2008 worldwide market share. In the fourth quarter, LG moved into second place in North America, due to its dominant position at Verizon Wireless and very strong sales at TracFone. In India, LG got back into Reliance Communication after issues it had in the third quarter of 2008, and it was actually able to burn some inventory during the quarter.

As we predicted, Sony Ericsson was unable to hold on to the third position in the worldwide ranking, which it reached in the third quarter of 2008. In the fourth quarter, its sales dropped to 23.6 million units, putting it in fourth place. Not only did Sony Ericsson fail to reduce stock levels in the fourth quarter, it also built a slight inventory. As both music players and cameras have become more widespread in the competitors' portfolios, it has been more difficult for Sony Ericsson's Walkman and Cybershot product ranges to stand out. Lack of pure touchscreen devices also impacted overall performance in 2008.

Motorola's performance worsened in the fourth quarter of 2008, when it slipped to fifth place in the worldwide ranking. Some reductions in inventory helped Motorola finish the year in third position with sales that were close to 107 million units. The drop in market share on a year-to-year basis (-5.6 percentage points) is a clear indication of the troubled times the vendor has been facing. Lack of compelling products throughout the portfolio has made it impossible for Motorola to slow down its sales decline. It has been losing share in all key regions because it lacks 3G products and touchscreen devices, and has poor support for "hot" features, such as GPS.

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Source: Cellular News.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009 10:17:50 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Communications market research firm Infonetics Research released the fourth quarter edition of its WiMAX report this week, noting that the overall WiMAX equipment and device market held steady in 4Q08 over 3Q08 at $275 million, as the 802.16e mobile WiMAX segment increased 5% to counter a slight dip in the 802.16d fixed WiMAX segment.

In 2008, the number of fixed and mobile WiMAX subscribers hit 3.9 million, up 120% from CY07.

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Source: Wireless Federation.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009 9:44:30 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Total contracts awarded within the wireless industry for 2008 reached 550 as activity surged in Q4 according to the latest report from EJL Wireless Research.

"Nokia Siemens Networks secured 56.2% of total contract awards during the December 31, 2008 ended year, beating Huawei (15.5%) and ZTE (14.5%). Chinese OEMs captured 30% of overall contracts while each major base station vendor secured at least one win during the year," says founder and President, Earl Lum.

"Demand remained heavily concentrated in Asia Pacific while surprisingly, Latin America was the second most active region during the year. Chinese OEMs continue to dominate the CDMA2000 segment as they captured 67% of global contracts in 2008. Nokia Siemens Networks led the way with 67% of total WCDMA/HSPA/HSPA+ awards, followed by Huawei with 17.1%. Nokia Siemens Networks also led the GSM/GPRS/EDGE category with 65% of overall contracts," says Lum.

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Source: Cellular News.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009 9:03:34 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Geneva, 2 March 2009 — ITU’s new ICT Development Index (IDI) compares developments in information and communication technologies (ICT) in 154 countries over a five-year period from 2002 to 2007.

The Index combines 11 indicators into a single measure that can be used as a benchmarking tool globally, regionally and at the country level. These are related to ICT access, use and skills, such as households with a computer the number of Internet users; and literacy levels.

The most advanced countries in ICT are from Northern Europe. The exception is the Republic of Korea. Sweden tops the new ITU ICT Development Index, followed by the Republic of Korea, Denmark, the Netherlands, Iceland and Norway. They are followed by other, mainly high-income countries from Europe, Asia and North America. Western and Northern Europe and North America are the regions with the highest IDI scores, and most countries from these regions are among the top twenty ICT economies. Poor countries, in particular the least developed countries, remain at the lower end of the index with limited access to ICT infrastructure, including fixed and mobile telephony, Internet and broadband.

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Cost of ICTs lowest in Singapore and the United States

The cost of making a phone call or surfing the Internet can influence the use of these technologies. The Report presents a new tool — the ITU ICT Price Basket — that measures and compares ICT prices across countries. It combines the average cost of fixed telephone, mobile cellular, and Internet broadband and compares 2008 ICT tariffs in 150 countries. It ranks countries based on the relative price of the ICT services and thus measures and compares the affordability of services.

In 2008, ICT prices corresponded on average to 15 per cent of countries’ average GNI per capita, ranging from 1.6 per cent in developed countries to 20 per cent in developing countries, with most countries in the 0−25 per cent range, and most developed countries in the 0-3 per cent range. In other words, significant differences exist among countries based on income levels. Countries with high income level pay relatively little for ICT services, while countries with low income levels pay relatively more. This is often due to very high tariffs for fixed Internet broadband in some developing countries.

Countries that rank at the very top of the ICT Price Basket include Singapore, the United States, Luxembourg, Denmark, Hong Kong (China), United Arab Emirates, Taiwan (China), Sweden, Norway and Finland. Given the income levels of those countries, they offer the most affordable ICT services globally, ranging between 0.4 and 0.6 per cent of monthly GNI per capita. In all of the top 25 countries, ICT services account for less than 1 per cent of monthly GNI. This compares to the bottom 25 countries, where the ICT Price Basket value ranges between 40 and 72 per cent of monthly GNI — which is a clear indicator that ICTs are unaffordable for the large majority of the people in those countries.

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Source: ITU.

Tuesday, March 03, 2009 1:16:24 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, February 26, 2009

The GSMA  announced new developments in its Mobile Money Transfer (MMT) programme, an initiative that leverages mobile to facilitate access to money transfer services. Complementing the successful alliance that has been in place with The Western Union Company for the past eighteen months, the GSMA has selected Belgacom International Carrier Services (Belgacom ICS) and its technology partner eServGlobal as a new remittance provider in the MMT programme. To add further flexibility for operators, the GSMA has also chosen the RBS Group, a global bank, as a remittance partner and is working with them to finalise the offering.

“Since the launch of the MMT programme in 2007, we’ve made significant progress to catalyse the mobile money market,” said Bill Gajda, Chief Commercial Officer for the GSMA. “We’ve delivered live commercial deployments of mobile remittances and established five active corridors with Western Union, we’ve increased the number of markets served from three to 54, and we’ve moved the market from one wholesale remittance provider in 2007 to 12 providers today. In addition, we’ve established price points that enable mobile operators to offer affordable services to consumers, which will make remittances much more accessible to a larger addressable market. The partnerships we’re announcing today will serve to further accelerate the availability of money transfer and other financial services to a wider section of the global community.”

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Source: Wireless Federation.

Thursday, February 26, 2009 1:47:43 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

­The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, along with the GSM Association have announced a programme that will expand the availability of mobile banking services in the developing world. The Mobile Money for the Unbanked (MMU) programme, supported by a US$12.5 million grant from the foundation, will work with mobile operators, banks, microfinance institutions, government and development organizations to encourage the expansion of reliable, affordable mobile financial services to the unbanked.

"There are over 1 billion people in emerging markets today who don't have a bank account but do have a mobile phone," said Rob Conway, CEO and Member of the Board of the GSMA. "This represents a huge opportunity and mobile operators are perfectly placed to bring mobile financial services to this largely untapped consumer base. Based on the initial findings of research conducted with the microfinance centre CGAP and McKinsey & Company, we believe that mobile money for the unbanked has the potential to become a US$5 billion market opportunity over the next three years."

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Source: Cellular News.

Thursday, February 26, 2009 1:45:52 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, February 18, 2009

­CGAP, the global microfinance center is releasing new research and data to encourage telecom operators, financial institutions and governments to see the business potential in expanding access to financial services for poor people in developing markets. The current economic climate makes the need for widespread availability of safe alternatives to cash even more pressing.

The biggest mobile banking success to date has been M-PESA in Kenya, which is 45% cheaper than other transfer services. A forthcoming independent survey finds 83% of users say not having M-PESA would have a "large negative impact" on their lives.

 

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Source: Cellular News. 

Wednesday, February 18, 2009 11:40:43 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, February 10, 2009

A report from IDATE says that the world telecom services market is estimated at US$1,365 billion in 2008 - a 4.2% increase over the year before - and is expected to be worth over US$1,416 billion in 2009. ­With a total turnover estimated at US$742.2 billion in 2008, mobile services account for 54% of the telecom services market and single handedly deliver all of the sector’s growth. But the annual growth rate has dropped from more than 12% in 2007 to 8% in 2008.

The mobile customer base worldwide grew by another 17% in 2008, but is offset by a steady decline in average revenue per user (ARPU) which dropped to US$17.50 a month in 2008. Meanwhile, fixed network services are stagnating.

The revenue generated by data services - whose growth is being spurred chiefly by broadband access - rose by US$20 billion in 2008, while fixed telephony revenue dropped by as much, even if the impact on the base is still limited: the number of fixed phone lines shrunk by just over 10 million during the year, i.e. by just under 1%. The number of broadband connections grew by close to 20% to 415 million at the end of 2008: with an average density of 6.4 broadband connections per 100 inhabitants, this market still has considerable room to grow, especially in emerging economies. In more advanced markets, broadband density is over 30%, i.e. between 70% and 80% of households are already equipped.

Source: Cellular News.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009 11:42:52 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, February 09, 2009

­The worldwide mobile phone market experienced an unusual downturn in the normally robust fourth quarter of 2008 (4Q08). According to IDC's Worldwide Mobile Phone Tracker, vendors shipped a total of 289.0 million units, 12.6% lower than the 330.8 million units shipped during 4Q07. For the full year 2008, vendors shipped a total of 1.18 billion units worldwide, 3.5% greater than the 1.14 billion units shipped during 2007.

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Source: Cellular News.
Monday, February 09, 2009 9:39:00 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, January 29, 2009

­According to the latest research from Strategy Analytics, global mobile phone shipments fell 10 percent year-over-year, to reach 295 million units in Q4 2008. An economic downturn in developed and emerging markets caused the industry’s slowest growth rate since 2001.

Bonny Joy, Senior Analyst at Strategy Analytics said, “Global mobile phone shipments fell to 295 million units during Q4 2008, down a significant 10 percent from 329 million units in Q4 2007. An economic downturn in developed and developing markets caused the industry’s slowest growth rate since Q4 2001. Retailers have been de-stocking due to credit tightness, while consumers delayed purchases because of fears of a recession.”

Neil Mawston, Director at Strategy Analytics, added, “Three of the big 5 cellphone vendors recorded negative annual growth rates in Q4 2008. Motorola declined 54 percent, Sony Ericsson 21 percent and Nokia 15 percent. With volumes and revenues contracting sharply this year, much of the mobile industry’s focus will inevitably be on controlling costs and restoring profitability during 2009.”

Global Mobile Handset Shipments and Marketshare – Top 5 Vendors

Global Handset Shipments (Millions of Units)

Q4 '07 2007 Q4 '08 2008
Nokia 133.5 437.1 113.1 468.4
Samsung 46.3 161.1 52.8 196.6
LG 23.7 80.5 25.7 100.8
Motorola 40.9 159.0 19.0 99.9
Sony Ericsson 30.8 103.4 24.2 96.6
Others 53.9 181.5 59.8 215.8
Total 329.1 1122.6 294.6 1178.1

 

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Source: Cellular News.
Thursday, January 29, 2009 10:34:19 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, January 06, 2009
GSM focused trade body, 3G Americas says that a historic milestone was achieved for the wireless industry in December 2008 with 4 billion connections to mobile devices worldwide.

This estimate by Informa Telecoms & Media represents 60% of the entire global population today. In some countries, millions of people are now experiencing connectivity to the world for the first time through wireless and changing their economic, social and political fortunes forever.

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Source: Cellular News.

Tuesday, January 06, 2009 10:29:06 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, December 17, 2008

The number of subscribers to services delivered over fibre-to-the-x (FTTx) networks worldwide reached 28.2mn at the end of June, up 23% from the end of 2007, according to a new study by research firm IDATE, with fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) and fibre-to-the-building (FTTB) connections accounting for 90% of the total.

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Connected Home News.
Wednesday, December 17, 2008 9:41:18 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Amidst relentless pressure on prices and a growing array of international communications services, international voice traffic continues to grow. According to new data from the annual TeleGeography study of the international voice market, international voice traffic reached 343 billion minutes in 2007, and is projected to reach 385 billion minutes in 2008.

Mobile phones have been a key driver of growth, due to subscriber growth in developing countries and the recent emergence of low-cost international mobile calling plans. In 2007, nearly one-third of international calls were placed from mobile phones, and 45% of international calls were terminated on mobiles. Current trends suggest that by 2009, more international calls will be made to mobile phones than to fixed lines.

Source: TeleGeography.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008 4:36:11 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, December 04, 2008

The CDMA Development Group (CDG) announced that subscribers to the CDMA family of technologies are at 475 million worldwide, continuing a growth trend toward half a billion subscribers fueled by rapid growth in both developed and emerging markets. The CDMA2000(r) subscriber base added 13 million users during the third quarter of 2008 to exceed 463 million, while CDMA2000 1xEV-DO grew by 5 million net subscribers to more than 105 million users.

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CDMA operators worldwide added over 22 million EV-DO users from September 2007 to September 2008, representing a 27 percent annual increase. With more than 105 million subscribers, CDMA2000 1xEV-DO is the leading mobile broadband technology worldwide, with 124 operators in 62 countries offering high-speed CDMA services. 48 of these operators have deployed CDMA2000 1xEV-DO Rev. A networks to offer advanced mobile broadband services, and another 35 operators are in the process of deploying the industry-leading solution to receive the substantial revenue being generated by most current Rev. A operators. Europe, the Middle East and Africa saw an increase of almost 3 million EV-DO subscribers, a dramatic rise from less than 1 million subscribers a year ago. North American operators continued impressive gains with more than 15 million subscribers at a 36 percent growth rate, while Asia Pacific users increased by 12 percent.

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Source: Wireless Federation.

Thursday, December 04, 2008 2:02:03 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, October 14, 2008

­Mobile penetration rates are forecast to rise from 46% in 2008 to 95% by 2013 according to a new survey of 34 emerging market countries published by Tariff Consultancy. Already subscribers in the 34 countries total over 2.1 billion users (based on operator statistics as of mid-2008) which accounts for half of the world’s mobile users (based on ITU estimates). By 2013 the 34 countries will have grown to 4.3 billion mobile users and will account for around two thirds of global mobile users.

The report notes that although China and India will remain the two single largest markets throughout the period due to their large populations, the fastest growth in new mobile subscribers over the next 5 years is set to come from Afghanistan, Iraq, Cambodia and Indonesia. By 2013 Iraq is forecast to have the highest mobile penetration rate of all of the 34 countries.

Another striking feature is the deployment of 3G and HSDPA mobile networks across all regions which is likely to continue. Although 3G handset costs are currently prohibitively expensive for the mass market there is evidence of adoption by high spending user groups who are using 3G for VoIP and peer-to-peer applications as an alternative to fixed line broadband.

The use of inclusive call minutes is also increasing. Inclusive call minutes are being used as a short term customer acquisition tool, with unlimited on-net SMS or calls offered for a 24 or 48 hour period. They are being used as a retention tool with low on-net calls to particular user communities, and finally as a flat rate price differentiator across all networks where competition is severe.

The availability of new mobile licences and spectrum is continuing to attract investors as Governments seek to raise new revenue with licence auctions and existing providers look for foreign investors. New mobile operator investment is taking place in India, Cambodia, Iraq, Iran, Nigeria and Vietnam among others.

The report also noted that as markets approach maturity, mobile operators are attempting to develop new forms of distribution channel to attract the low income subscriber with lower denomination top-up cards and door to door sales and sub-agents.

“The rapid growth of mobile penetration across the world indicates that these markets will approach maturity more quickly than previously thought,” commented Margrit Sessions, Managing Director of Tariff Consultancy. “By the end of 2013 we are likely to see one SIM card for every person as the norm in most countries,” she added. “However we should be careful to over-emphasise the significance of this trend, as the incidence of multiple SIM ownership - particularly in the cites - has long been common in emerging markets as there is such a large difference between on net and off net tariffs.”

Over time pricing policies pursued by the mobile operator will need to change in order to promote greater mobile operators. Operators who continue to promote multiple SIM ownership with large differences between on-net and off-net tariffs will ironically contribute to relatively low levels of operator loyalty.

Emerging market mobile operators are likely to find that growth will come from inclusive flat rate deals for both voice and data which will drive usage as has been the case in developed markets.

“The imminent launch of mobile broadband data services provides an exciting new revenue stream as users are able to break free of low speed fixed or dial up access which will continue to have relatively poor levels of penetration. Mobile is going to become the standard for accessing the internet in many of these countries from now on,” adds Margrit Sessions.

Source: Cellular News.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008 7:34:02 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, September 08, 2008

According to a report from RNCOS, the total number of 3G subscribers using WCDMA and CDMA2000 grew 45% in 2007 over the previous year to cross the mark of 600 million. The rise in the number of 3G subscribers during 2007 was due to attractive features of 3G technology, such as effective and high data speed and a wide range of mobile applications offered, including wireless Internet access, video conferencing, etc.

According to the report, CDMA2000 accounts for majority of the subscribers in the total 3G subscriber base as countries like Japan, Korea and the US have rapidly embraced the technology. The same trend is anticipated to sustain in near future but WCDMA will witness higher growth rate in its subscriber base. Thus, the total number of 3G subscribers using CDMA2000 technology worldwide is expected to grow at a CAGR of 23% during 2008-2010.

Apparently, the growth in CDMA2000 standard will continue to dominate the global 3G subscribers market but Western Europe will exhibit a different trend where the WCDMA technology remains the focus of its 3G market, says the report.

Moreover, the launch of HSDPA (High Speed Downlink Packet Access), a technology that improves the downlink performance of WCDMA networks, is likely to increase the demand for WCDMA technology in near future. The number of WCDMA subscribers will surge at a CAGR of 50.7% during the period spanning from 2008 to 2010.

Source: Cellular News.

Monday, September 08, 2008 8:03:39 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, September 05, 2008

According to new data from TeleGeography, international Internet traffic grew 53% between mid-2007 and mid-2008, down from 61% the preceding year. Traffic growth between the US and Latin America was especially fast, surging 112%. In contrast, traffic on internet backbones between major cities in the relatively more mature US market rose a modest 47%.

For the second consecutive year, total international Internet capacity grew faster than total Internet traffic, leading to lower utilisation levels on many internet backbones. Between 2007 and 2008 average traffic utilisation levels decreased from 31% to 29%, while peak utilisation fell from 44% to 43%. The aggregate trend toward lower utilisation of capacity belies significant regional differences. While utilisation on international links to Europe and Asia fell in 2008, they rose in the US & Canada and Latin American where traffic growth outpaced the deployment of new internet bandwidth.

Traffic growth has remained strong, even though the pace of broadband subscriber growth has declined. 'Broadband subscriber growth has been slowing since 2001, but the volume of traffic generated by each user grown,' said TeleGeography Director of Research Alan Mauldin. 'Traffic growth is fueled by consumer demand for video, delivered via web browsers, peer-to-peer services, or streaming protocols.'

TeleGeography's Global Internet Geography provides in-depth analysis of international and US domestic Internet backbone capacity, traffic and pricing.

To download the executive summary of TeleGeography's Global Internet Geography study, please visit:
http://www.telegeography.com/products/gig/index.php.

Source: TeleGeography.

Friday, September 05, 2008 12:21:28 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, July 28, 2008

Revenues from mobile data services are set to exceed US$200 billion this year for the first time, according to data sourced from Informa Telecoms & Media. Total mobile data revenues were approximately US$157 billion in 2007.

Research from the first quarter of 2008 reveals that mobile data service revenues exceeded US$49 billion, accounting for a 42.7% y-o-y increase. This figure means that mobile operators now generate approximately one fifth of their revenue from data services; this is significant given that a general slowdown in voice revenues is forcing the pace around the importance of data services for mobile operators.

Informa Telecoms & Media estimates that non-SMS data contributed US$17.48 billion of revenue in Q108, accounting for 35.6% of total data revenues.

"Growth drivers for the increase in data revenues include the acceleration in deployment of advanced technologies, an increasingly competitive market, and of course, growing consumer demand for mobile data services driven by popular data-optimised devices such as Apple's iPhone", says Informa Principal Analyst, Nick Jotischky.

The Asia Pacific region comprises 40% of the world's data revenues (over US$20 billion in Q108), representing an above average y-o-y growth rate of 48%. The biggest regional riser, however, is the Middle East, which despite contributing just 2% of the world's data revenues in the first quarter of 2008, has seen a 91.7% y-o-y increase in this figure to US$927 million. Aiding this acceleration is the 321% y-o-y rise in the number of HSPA subscribers in the region, which reached 2.9 million by the end of March 2008.

Further next-generation deployment should also ensure rapid growth in Africa and the Americas, which accounted for just 2% and 5% of global data revenues at the end of Q1 2008. With the increased deployment of fixed wireless telephony, the popularity of EV-DO datacards continues to spread across Africa, now available in 18 markets. Similarly, in Latin America, operators are hopeful for increases in data revenues from WCDMA and HSDPA launches.

According to Informa Telecoms & Media, the operator to generate the highest non-voice revenues in the quarter is Japan's NTT DoCoMo (US$3.6 billion), having overtaken China Mobile (US$3.5 billion), which had been the largest generator of data revenues for the previous three quarters.

In terms of data as a percentage of overall revenue, Filipino mobile operator Smart Communications is the world's market leader and the only carrier to depend on non-voice revenues for more than 50% of its income, such is the high level of SMS usage in the country.

Source: Cellular News.

Monday, July 28, 2008 10:44:06 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, July 07, 2008

The global BWA/WiMAX subscriber base increased by 260,246 in the first quarter of 2008, reaching a total of 1,988,246 subscribers according to figures from Maravedis.

“Even with an increase of more than 19% in WiMAX subscribers in the first quarter of 2008, operators are still waiting for the tipping point that will lead to acceleration of WiMAX adoption and deployments,” said Adlane Fellah, CEO and founder of Maravedis. “The key factors mainly centre on certification of mobile WiMAX equipment, a reduction in CPE pricing and the emergence of a device ecosystem.”

“Many operators have held back their network expansion pending the mobile WiMAX 802.16e equipment certification, which was announced in June 2008. Mobile WiMAX is a key enabler of a wider range of value-added services and product flexibility.” added Cintia Garza, co-author of the WiMAXCounts Quarterly Report.

“Of the 264 operators tracked in WiMAXCounts, approximately 50% of them are providing HIS (High Speed Internet) services only. The remaining percentage corresponds to operators that are offering different applications, such as VoIP, Video, VPN , in addition to HIS. We expect however double/triple play to become the norm in the next two years” said Robert Syputa, Maravedis Partner and Senior Analyst.

This Quarter's Key Findings:

  • 65% of Operators are already commercial, 14% are trialing, 9% are planning their launch, 10% have idle spectrum and 2% have returned/lost spectrum.
  • Clearwire USA remains the top operator in number of subscribers, with an estimated 443,000 subscribers in the United States at the end of Q1 2008, an increase of 12.5% compared to the 394,000 subscribers reported in Q4 2007.
  • The split by subscriber type among WiMAXCounts operators was 65% residential and 35% business.
  • The 3.3–3.8 GHz band is the most widely deployed, with 63% of WiMAXCounts operators deploying their WiMAX networks in this band in Q1 2008, compared to 70% of the Operators deploying in this band during Q4 2007.
  • Q1 2008 BWA/WiMAX service revenue among WiMAXCounts operators totaled US$ 366 million, as compared to $US 303.65 million during the previous quarter, an increase of 20%.
  • Q1 2008 recorded ARPU was US$ 48 and US$ 146 for residential and business subscribers.
  • Motorola remains the leader in equipment deployed for both BWA/WiMAX CPEs

Source: Cellular Nesws.

Monday, July 07, 2008 2:55:07 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, July 01, 2008

A new analysis of the mobile payments opportunity forecasts that the gross transaction value of payments made via mobile phone for digital goods (such as music, tickets and games) and physical goods (typically gifts and books) will exceed $300bn globally by 2013.

A region by region analysis by Juniper Research found that there is a significant and immediate opportunity for mobile payment services, systems, software and supporting services to underpin the processing of this value of payment transactions by 2013. With applications and service case studies, the study explores how the mobile phone is developing into a payment tool that will be used by more and more people, more and more often in future.

Report author Howard Wilcox noted: "Merchants in North America and Western Europe are just starting to realise the potential of a mobile web presence as a fourth channel to market. Retailers should be evaluating the benefits of the mobile web, and be mindful of the success of regular ecommerce sites in generating sales. They need to move quickly to exploit the opportunity presented, and ensure that they maintain ease of use for their customers who are already familiar with web shopping from their PCs."

Highlights from the report include:

  • Global annual gross transaction value will grow over 5 times by 2013
  • The ticketing segment will be driven by consumer usage on rail, air and bus networks as well as sports and entertainment events. This will represent over 40% of the global transaction value by 2013
  • The top 2 regions (Far East and W. Europe) will represent over 60% of the $300bn p.a. global mobile payment gross transaction value by 2013 for digital and physical goods

Western Europe is currently dominated by digital goods and services sold via SMS, whereas the Far East & China region (specifically Japan) is already well established in physical goods sales over the mobile web, and has been for a number of years.

Source: Cellular News.

Tuesday, July 01, 2008 3:03:05 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, June 27, 2008

Worldwide mobile subscriptions will rise from 3.9 billion in 2008 to 5.6 billion in 2013, according to a new Strategy Analytics report. Discounting for people with more than one subscription, more than half of the world’s population will be using mobile phones by early 2010, up from 40% at the start of this year.

3G share of subscriptions and revenues

Asia-Pacific and the Middle East & Africa (MEA) are responsible for the current surge in mobile subscriptions. Those areas will remain the engines for growth in the wireless market in the medium term, contributing to 80% of subscription growth through 2013.

“These two regions may be driving the subscription count, but they contribute much less to global revenues,” comments Phil Kendall, Director Global Wireless Practice. “Asia-Pacific and MEA account for nearly 60% of worldwide subscriptions, but less than 40% of revenues. Their increasing significance will reduce average revenues per subscription by 15% over the next five years”.

3G networks will account for half of all mobile subscriptions by 2013. Susan Welsh de Grimaldo, Senior Analyst, Wireless Network Strategies, adds, “3G technologies will reach critical mass in more regions in 2008, driving worldwide subscriber numbers close to 500 million by year end. Next year, more than one third of all service revenues will be generated by 3G technologies, even though 3G accounts for only one in six subscribers.”

Source: Cellular News.

Friday, June 27, 2008 10:59:48 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, June 26, 2008

A new report from Juniper Research says that the number of subscribers using mobile Internet services will rise from 577 million currently, to top 1.7 billion by 2013, spurred by demand for collaborative applications known collectively as 'web 2.0,' and greater 2.5/3G penetration. Putting that figure into some context, a report from Gartner earlier this week had said that the worldwide PC base would reach 2 billion by 2014 - so internet access by mobile phones will represent at around 50% of the total internet usage.

According to a new report from Juniper Research, the emergence of applications such as: Social networking; User Generated Content (UGC); Instant Messaging (IM); Location Based Services (LBS); Search calls for delivery of the mobile Internet as it was originally conceived -- i.e. an open environment in which users are able to share, collaborate and exploit content/information without any one party controlling the value chain.

This marks a fundamental shift for the industry towards the D2C (direct-to consumer) model and places growing pressure on mobile network operators (MNOs) and handset manufacturers in particular, to relinquish some of their control over the value chain, by opening up their networks/devices to third-parties.

"Major web players have already crossed the Rubicon and established themselves in the mobile domain, placing the onus on MNOs and other members of the value chain to form innovative relationships and grab a share of the new revenue streams being created," comments Ian Chard, Juniper Research Analyst and author of the report 'Mobile Web 2.0: Leveraging Location, IM, Social Web & Search 2008-2013.'

"The mobile web 2.0 market is still nascent and business models remain in a state of flux, so there is still time for players to establish fruitful partnerships that build on their strengths and are reciprocally beneficial. The window of opportunity, however, is closing."

Source: Cellular News.

3G | Convergence | Internet | Mobile | World
Thursday, June 26, 2008 3:24:58 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, June 25, 2008

The CDMA Development Group (CDG) has announced that, as of Q1 2008, Indonesia had more than 16.3 million CDMA2000 subscribers -- making it the leader in Southeast Asia for 3G CDMA subscriber growth. The CDG attributes the increase in large part to the availability of ultra low-cost handsets and affordable tariffs, which are critical to technology and service expansion in emerging markets. "Indonesia has emerged as a prime showcase of CDMA2000's core value proposition," said Perry LaForge, executive director of the CDG. "With a dynamic combination of ultra low-cost handsets and value-added broadband services, Indonesia's six CDMA operators have boosted their revenue streams and propelled the region into the spotlight for mobile telephony and Internet growth."

Indonesia's CDMA2000 operators are Telkom Flexi (PT Telkom), StarOne (Indosat), Smart Telecom, Fren (Mobile-8 Telecom), Esia (Bakrie Telecom) and Ceria (Sampoerna Telekomunikasi Indonesia or STI). By March 2008, the total number of CDMA2000 subscribers among all six carriers exceeded 16.3 million, up from 14.4 million at the end of 2007 and 7.8 million at the end of 2006, representing annual growth rates of 53 percent and 85 percent, respectively.

Indonesia has the highest number of CDMA subscribers in Southeast Asia. "With CDMA2000, we are confident in providing a telecommunication service that is within reach by all people from all levels of society," said A.R. Martirez, Chief Executive Officer of PT Smart Telecom. "We are taking rapid steps to expand our penetration and market development through various products and services. This proves that CDMA2000 can readily fulfill all telecommunication wants and needs of customers in this country. And we demonstrate this with our value-for-money offer to the market, in terms of an economical tariff and affordable handsets, on a network that provides a pervasive yet efficient coverage. Best of all, it delivers a superior quality of service in both Voice and Data that customers expect."

Source: Cellular News.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008 9:27:07 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Pioneer Consulting has published a new report which shows that a significant portion of multimedia content on mobile phones is either user generated or is simply being stored on the handset. This content, termed User Originated Content (UOC) is being increasingly shared with friends, family and contacts on social networks. With handsets starting to have Bluetooth, WiFi and WiMAX capabilities, end users can use alternative networks to share content, effectively bypassing the operator’s mobile network and the content value chain. Pioneer Consulting estimates that as a result of users sharing content and bypassing the existing value chain, $16.4 billion worth of revenue opportunity will be at risk by 2012. This is estimated to be more than a quarter of the total revenue opportunity for that year.

However, the study says that all is not lost yet and operators can play a key role in preventing this disruption from happening. To begin, mobile operators need to re-evaluate the applicability of the traditional client-server content delivery architecture in an environment where a large portion of the content originates from the handset. In addition, operators need to realize that there will be a bandwidth bottleneck between the base station and the handset due to an oversubscribed air interface, especially in the case of bandwidth heavy multimedia content.

Robert Hsieh, author of the report says that, “Mobile operators need to embrace peer to peer (P2P) methodologies within their own networks and focus on the advantages of using both assisted P2P and augmented P2P to mitigate the disruption”. Aditya Kaul, Senior Analyst, Emerging Wireless at Pioneer adds that, “P2P is generally treated with contempt by operators and has now become the 'P' word that should never be uttered. It is more of an attitude problem rather than an engineering one, and unless operators wake up to the reality of the situation, we cannot even begin to solve the problem”.

Source: Cellular News.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008 9:25:08 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, June 09, 2008

LONDON -(Dow Jones)- Global Sales of mobile smartphones for the first three months of 2008 rose 29% on year, according to a report by Gartner released Friday.


Worldwide sales notched 32.2 million units, accounting for 11% of the global mobile device market, the report said. Nokia cornered a 45% share of the market, with sales up 25% on year.

"Nokia continued to maintain its leadership due to the variety of its smartphone portfolio, which includes a number of both high-end and mid-tier models available at different price points," Gartner said.

Research in Motion was the second-biggest smartphone vendor with 13.4% of the market driven by sales of the BlackBerry Curve and Pearl, while Apple was the third-largest vendor with a 5.3% share in the market. Smartphones are mobile phones that offer advanced capabilities often like functions in a personal computer.

Source: Cellular News.

Monday, June 09, 2008 8:52:14 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, June 03, 2008

The CDMA Development Group (CDG) has announced that the CDMA industry continued its strong growth through the first quarter of 2008, increasing its customer base by almost 17% over the past year to 451 million CDMA subscribers worldwide, with CDMA2000 and CDMA2000 1xEV-DO reaching 438 million and 97 million, respectively. The Asia-Pacific (APAC) and Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) regions claimed the highest year-over-year percentage subscriber growth for CDMA2000, while the Americas and EMEA experienced the highest percentage of subscriber growth for CDMA2000 1xEV-DO.


In APAC, the total CDMA subscribership (cdmaOneTM and CDMA2000) rose to 231 million, which accounts for 51% of total worldwide CDMA subscribers and marks a 30% increase from March 2007 to March 2008. North America’s 140 million subscribers claim the second highest percentage of global CDMA subscribers at approximately 31%, with CALA’s 62.8 million representing approximately 14%. In EMEA, CDMA subscribership reached 17.7 million.

Over 97% of CDMA subscribers around the world are now taking advantage of 3G CDMA2000 services. CDMA2000 grew by 38% in APAC over the past year, bringing the total number of CDMA2000 subscribers in the region to 223 million, accounting for almost 51% of the world’s users. North America is the second largest region for CDMA2000 with nearly 138 million, or 31% of the global users. In EMEA, the CDMA2000 subscriber base reached 16.5 million.

CDMA2000 1xEV-DO subscribership increased to 97 million users globally, with 52 million subscribers in North America and 39 million subscribers in APAC continuing to comprise the majority of the world’s EV-DO users at 54% and 40%, respectively. Uptake is surging in North America and EMEA where increased demand for mobile broadband raised subscribership by 74%and 123%, respectively. The CDG attributes this growth to outstanding broadband performance and, for emerging markets, 3G CDMA’s suitability across varied terrain to serve as an alternative to wireline Internet access.

To date, 38 EV-DO Revision A (Rev. A) networks are in commercial operation around the world, with another 35 networks in deployment.

Source: Cellular News.

Tuesday, June 03, 2008 8:05:59 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, May 29, 2008

 

The report can be found at http://www.unctad.org/en/docs/LCW190_en.pdf.

 

MEETING TO GUIDE COUNTRIES IN GATHERING STATISTICS ON INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY

Report on "Global Information Society: a Statistical View" to be launched at three-day conference

Developing countries will review standards for collecting statistics on computer, phone, and Internet use at a 27-29 May conference in Geneva designed to help them gather and use data on information and communication technology (ICT) to spur social and economic development.

The meeting, titled the 2008 Global Event on Measuring the Information Society, will take place at the Palais des Nations under the direction of the Partnership on Measuring ICT for Development, whose members include UNCTAD.

During the conference, an important outcome will be the endorsement of a new core list of statistical indicators for measuring ICT use in education. In addition, the Partnership will launch its publication The Global Information Society: a Statistical View, which provides a summary of the current status of ICT measurement worldwide.

The Partnership´s report indicates, among other things, that there has been an increase in the collection of ICT data by developing countries but that more such nations need to incorporate ICT statistics into their regular statistical surveys -- that such information is vital for making effective decisions on linking national economies into global information networks and for taking advantage of the opportunities such technologies as the Internet offer for development.

The report notes that a major challenge to such progress is that while the per capita cost of joining ICT networks is low in industrialized nations, it is very high for the world´s least developed countries (LDCs)

Even a relative ICT success story in the developing world -- mobile phone use -- lags behind rates of use in developed nations, the report says. Mobile phone penetration increased dramatically in LDC economies, for example, between 1995 and 2006 -- from 0% to 10%. But these numbers are far below the level of 92% penetration in 2006 among developed countries.

Data on household access to and use of ICT is relatively scant, the report notes, but indicates a broad pattern of much higher connectivity in the developed world. Among the exceptions are the wealthier Asian economies, which have very high levels of broadband access by households.

In addition to UNCTAD, members of the Partnership on Measuring ICT for Development include the Institute for Statistics of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO); the Statistical Office of the European Communities (Eurostat); the World Bank; the International Telecommunication Union (ITU); the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD); and the United Nations regional commissions for Africa (UNECA), Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP), Western Asia (UNESCWA), and Latin America and the Caribbean (UNECLAC).

Source: UNCTAD Press Release PR/2008/010

Thursday, May 29, 2008 2:20:42 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

STOCKHOLM -(Dow Jones)- Research firm Gartner Wednesday said worldwide mobile phone sales will continue to rise between 10% and 15% in 2008, but said the value of the market will be lower than expected.

The company said growth in emerging markets is pushing overall volume sales, adding that the economic slowdown and higher fuel costs are causing some customers in developed markets to delay buying new phones.

Gartner said West European mobile phone sales fell 16.4% in the first-quarter compared with the year-earlier period, the first fall in the region since Gartner began tracking device sales in 2001. Worldwide sales of mobile phones reached 294.3 million units in the first quarter, a 13.6% increase from sales last year.

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Source: Cellular News

Thursday, May 29, 2008 8:38:20 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, May 26, 2008

GENEVA (AFP)--The number of mobile phone users worldwide soared to over 3.3 billion by the end of 2007, equivalent to a penetration rate of 49%, the International Telecommunications Union said in a report Friday.

Africa showed the strongest gains over the past two years and more than two-thirds of all mobile subscribers were from developing countries by the end of 2007, the ITU said.

This is "a positive trend that suggests that developing countries are catching up," the report said.

Mobile subscription growth stood at 39% annually in Africa between 2005-2007, and 28% in Asia over the same period.

India and China added 154 million and 143 million new subscribers respectively.

The global annual average growth rate stood at 22%, the ITU said.

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Source: Cellular News

Monday, May 26, 2008 8:14:49 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Spurred by the popularity of Apple's iPhone and its elegant user interface, global shipments of touch-screen display modules are expected to more than double from 2008 to 2012, according to iSuppli.

The worldwide market for touch-screen modules will amount to 341 million units and $3.4 billion in value in 2008. iSuppli forecasts that the market will grow to 833 million units by 2013, expanding at Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 19.5 percent from 2008, according to iSuppli’s new forecast issued this week. Global touch-screen module revenue is forecast to grow to $6.4 billion by 2013, rising at a CAGR of 13.7 percent from 2008.

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Source: Cellular news

Wednesday, May 21, 2008 12:04:33 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Global speeds and prices of residential and business DSL services increased by 4.7% and 9.3% respectively in the first quarter of 2008 according to analysis from Point Topic’s quarterly tracking report.*

The global average residential DSL service cost and downstream speed in Q1 2008 increased to $61.36 per month (up 9.3% on Q407) and 6,517 Kbps (up 4.7%) respectively. Business DSL prices now average $227 per month with a downstream speed of 4,126 Kbps an increase of 23% in price while downstream speed increased only by 3%.

The most significant speed changes were reported in Latin America, as average downstream residential and business speeds increased by 36% to 2,737 Kbps and 40% to 2,995 Kbps respectively.

“It was due in part to Telecom Argentina and Telefonica del Peru,” says Fiona Vanier, Senior Analyst at Point Topic.

“Telecom Argentina introduced two new high speed business tariffs with downstream speeds of 20 Mbps while Telefonica del Peru expanded its range to include two new tariffs with downstream speeds of 5 Mbps.”

Although there was an increase in the monthly global average price of DSL services, their cost expressed in the PPP rate actually decreased by around 5%. The difference is primarily due to exchange rate fluctuations. While the US$ rate is updated regularly the PPP rate usually only changes once a year, which means it needs to absorb some turbulent times in the global market.

FTTx and cable tariffs have remained relatively unchanged even after the PPP adjustment. As a result, the gap between the DSL tariffs and the cable and FTTx tariffs (this service is still the most expensive) has widened.

Figure: Average entry level broadband service tariff (PPP rates

“Telefonica in Spain implementing the largest price change cut its entry level ‘ADSL Mini 1 Mbps’ service by 36% to $24.80. Belgacom introduced a new entry level service called ‘ADSL budget’, which at $22.47 replaced their previous entry level service, ‘ADSL light’,” said Fiona Vanier.

Source:Point Topic

Wednesday, May 21, 2008 11:56:29 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, May 20, 2008

In Fitch Ratings' review of 72 operators from 27 different countries, total aggregate wireless subscribers reached 1.681 billion for 2007, representing an annual growth of 17.6%, which is lower than the 2006 annual growth rate of 18.9%. However, the absolute number of new subscribers increased from 200 million in this study for 2006 to 250 million for 2007.

The annual growth rate for individual regions of this study for 2007 consisted of 10% for the United States/Canada, 8% for Western Europe, 22% for Latin America and 23% for Asia/Pacific. Interestingly, Western Europe has experienced a surge in growth compared to the 2006 growth rate of 6%, due to strong growth in Germany and Italy. The increase in growth is reflective of lower tariff rates and termination charges and more flat rate service plans. Latin America's growth rate has fallen compared to 2006 due to a larger overall subscriber base. However, Asia/Pacific continues a steady march of strong growth due, in part, to exceptional growth in India and Indonesia.

In Fitch's study, prepaid subscribers as a percentage of the total global aggregate subscriber base was 60% in 2007, up from 58% in 2006. Prepaid subscribers grew approximately 19% in 2007 versus a post-paid subscriber annual growth rate of approximately 6%. The strongest prepaid subscriber growth was in Asia/Pacific with a 2007 annual growth of approximately 27%, led by significant growth associated with India and China. The United States/Canada also experienced strong prepaid growth in 2007 at approximately 23% due to increased sales focus on this underpenetrated market segment in that region. Similarly, Latin America achieved prepaid growth of approximately 22% in a region that is nearly entirely prepaid subscribers. Prepaid penetration is highest in countries with relatively expensive and difficult to acquire fixed line services. Additionally, decreases in tariff rates have spurred prepaid wireless as a substitution for fixed-line services.

Source: Cellular News

Tuesday, May 20, 2008 11:50:09 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, May 16, 2008

IDC is forecasting that companies and government agencies will spend more than US$746 billion on external services in 2008, representing a growth rate of 6.8% over 2007. Despite - and in some cases because of - a weak U.S. economy, there are many market forces driving enterprises to continue to turn to service vendors for assistance. Additionally, increased customer use of new and often disruptive delivery options (e.g., hosting, SaaS, and utility computing) will encourage service provides, especially outsourcers, to focus their investments in these areas.

"In these tough economic times, service vendors are faced with both new and old challenges. The worldwide services competitive landscape keeps intensifying with many new entrants with new business and pricing models as well as the strengthened capabilities of up-and-coming players that are extending their reach into new markets. This is a time for service vendors to aggressively review their portfolio of offerings, account targets, investment strategies, business processes, and delivery practices," said Marianne Hedin, program manager for Worldwide Services and SOA: The Services Opportunity research services.

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Source: Cellular News.

Friday, May 16, 2008 8:51:08 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, May 15, 2008

The global market for Mobile Web 2.0 will be worth US$22.4 billion in 2013, up from US$5.5 billion currently, according to a new report by Juniper Research. Embracing social networking & User Generated Content (UGC), mobile search and mobile IM (Instant Messaging), Mobile Web 2.0 provides a framework for delivery of collaborative applications, further enhanced and contextualised via LBS (Location Based Services).

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Source: Cellular News.

Thursday, May 15, 2008 9:16:20 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, May 12, 2008

The International Telecommunication Union yesterday published its latest broadband subscriber data. According to ITU, the world added over 50 million broadband subscribers between December 2006 and December 2007. Most of the world's 330 million fixed broadband subscribers are concentrated in Europe, Asia-Pacific and the Americas.

ITU data show that by the end of 2007, five European countries lead the world in terms of fixed broadband subscribers per 100 inhabitants. Denmark, Iceland, the Netherlands, Finland and Switzerland lead the "top 30" list, followed by the Republic of Korea.

Asia's economies continue to rank well and the top-30 list includes the Republic of Korea, Hong Kong, China, Macao, China, Japan, Australia, Taiwan, China, Singapore, and New Zealand. In terms of total fixed broadband subscribers the top-30 list represents close to 65 percent of the world's total braodband subscribers. This confirms a significant digital divide in terms of broadband uptake and penetration in the world. In Africa, especially, broadband penetration remains very low. The Seychelles, the country with (by far) the highest broadband penetration in Africa, has 3.5 subscribers per 100 inhabitants.

Source: ITU.

Monday, May 12, 2008 2:13:14 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, May 07, 2008

According to new a research report from the analyst firm Berg Insight, the number of cellular network connections used for machine-to-machine communication will grow from 37.5 million connections in 2007 at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 37.9 percent to 186 million connections in 2012.

GSM and legacy technologies currently dominate the market and accounted for about 71 percent of the total number of active connections at the end of 2007. CDMA was the second largest technology with a strong foothold in North America and parts of Asia-Pacific. WCDMA has so far primarily been adopted for machine-to-machine applications in Japan. Elsewhere the adoption is held back by high component costs and limited network coverage.

Berg Insight has found that machine-to-machine applications today in general correspond to between 1-3 percent of the reported number of mobile subscribers in developed markets. In Sweden and Finland the share is closer to 10 percent due to extensive use of GPRS for meter reading applications.

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Source: Cellular News.

Wednesday, May 07, 2008 8:27:55 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, May 05, 2008

Web monitoring firm, Nielsen has reported that mobile Internet extends the audience reach of many leading Internet sites by an average of 13 percent over home PC traffic alone. For some categories, such as weather and entertainment, the extended reach can be even greater.

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According to Nielsen, 87 million U.S. mobile users subscribe to mobile Internet services, and more than one in ten mobile subscribers (13.7 percent) actively uses mobile Internet each month. TotalWeb integrates data from Nielsen Online and Nielsen Mobile to report how this growing segment uses both mobile devices and PCs to access the Web.

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Source: Cellular News.

Monday, May 05, 2008 8:57:08 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, April 30, 2008

 

Data published by ITU's Market, Information and Statistics Division highlights continued high growth rates in the mobile market, and particulaly in developing regions. By the end of 2007, over 70% of the world's mobile subscribers were from developing countries. A positive trend, since in 2006 developing countries represented 67% of all mobile subscriber. Five years earlier, in 2002, they represented less than 50%. Africa remains the region with the highest growth rate (32% in 2006/2007) and mobile penetration in Africa has risen from just one in 50 people at the beginning of this century to almost one third of the population today. Africa’s mobile penetration of 28% compares to 37% in Asia, 72% in the Americas, and 110% in Europe. [The latter number, which surpasses the 100 percent mark, confirms that mobile subscriber data do not strictly correspond to mobile phone users. Double counting takes place, especially when one person owns multiple SIM cards and when operators do not identify active subscribers.]

 

 

In absolute numbers, China and India are the countries that have added the greatest number of mobile subscribers during the year - some 86 million and 68 million, respectively.

 

Mobile cellular is increasingly dominating the telephone market and worldwide, mobile subscribers represent no less then 71 percent of all (fixed and mobile) telephone subscribers. In Africa, this percentage is close to 90 percent. The continued growth in the mobile sector is matched by no-growth in the fixed line sector, which has been stagnating at just under 20% globally for the last years. Exceptions include some developing countries, such as Nigeria. Africa’s most populated country has been able to increase fixed-line penetration from below one, to over 4% within five years, mainly through fixed-wireless systems.

 

ITU's Internet and broadband data suggest that more and more countries are going high speed. By the end of 2007, over 50 percent of all Internet subscribers had a high speed connection. Dial-up is being replaced by broadband across developed and developing countries, including Senegal, Chile and Turkey, where broadband subscribers represent over 90 percent of all Internet subscribers. At the same time, major differences in broadband penetration levels remain and the number of broadband subscribers per 100 inhabitants varies significantly between regions. While broadband penetration stood at less than one percent in Africa, it had reached much higher levels in Europe (16%) and the Americas region (10%).  The difference in the uptake of broadband is also reflected by the regional distribution of total broadband subscribers.

 

 

Some of ITU's key World Telecommunication/ICT data, encompassing over 200 economies worldwide, for the fixed line, mobile cellular, and Internet/broadband market, are available through the ITU's ICT Eye , the one-stop shop for ICT information and statistics. For more information on ITU's World Telecommunication/ICT Indicators, see: World Telecommunication/ICT Indicators Database.

 

Source: ITU.

Broadband | ITU | Mobile | World
Wednesday, April 30, 2008 9:07:44 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Mobile payment is a service at an early stage with an expected 32.9 million users worldwide in 2008, growing to 103.9 million users in 2011, according to Gartner. Short Message Service (SMS) is the dominant mobile payment technology today, driven by mobile money transfers, and it will remain the dominant technology through 2011.

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Asia/Pacific has the most mobile payment users with a projected 28 million users in 2008, accounting for 85 percent of the worldwide total. Western Europe is expected to have 499,000 users in 2008, and North America is projected to have 1 million users.

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Source: Cellular News.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008 2:43:34 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

A new report from Telecommunications Management Group, Inc. (TMG), "IPTV: The Killer Broadband Application," forecasts that there will be nearly 60 million Internet Protocol television (IPTV) subscribers worldwide by the end of 2010. IPTV -- providing video services over managed IP networks to consumers' televisions -- has been doubling each year since its commercial introduction in 2002. There were 9.9 million IPTV subscribers around the world at the end of 2007, more than double the previous year, and TMG projects more than a 500 percent increase over the next three years. According to Michael Minges, TMG Senior Market Analyst and lead author of the report, "IPTV is revolutionizing the television market by introducing greater competition and providing consumers with a plethora of customizable content, viewable any time."

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Source: WASHINGTON, PRNewswire (Based on TMG).

Tuesday, April 22, 2008 8:58:46 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, April 21, 2008

A very complex mobile value chain and a growing business reliance on mobile products have created the need for services that help businesses maximize the value of their mobile investments. In a recent report from ABI Research, mobile device management (MDM) services are forecast to grow from $583 million in 2007 to over $20 billion by 2013, for a compound annual growth rate of 80%.

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Source: Cellular News.

Monday, April 21, 2008 9:02:14 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, April 18, 2008

The market for wireless devices and equipment in process manufacturing will grow to over $1.1B in 2012, a growth rate of 32% per year, according to a new ARC Advisory Group study. The data in this study is from 2007 and includes a forecast of market growth through the year 2012.

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Source: Cellular News.

Friday, April 18, 2008 9:53:37 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, April 17, 2008

Just as search became critical on the desktop, search will become increasingly important in the mobile space. The growth of consumer options to search on-deck and off-deck, SMS, and via branded or white-label search providers in the mobile domain has created opportunities for advertisers to reach consumers through sponsored search opportunities. ABI Research believes mobile search advertising growth will be driven by this escalating array of options, as total search-related mobile advertising expands from $813 million in 2008 to $5 billion by 2013.

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Source: Cellular News.

Thursday, April 17, 2008 3:58:02 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

A new report by Juniper Research into the mobile financial services sector has found that the number of consumers accessing banking services and products via their mobile phones will reach 816 million by 2011, a tenfold increase on the number using such services in 2007.

The report found that financial institutions are delivering an increasing variety of products in the mobile environment including financial information services, funds transfer, bill payment and presentation, account management and customer service.

According to the report, the annual number of global mobile banking transactions will rise from 2.7 billion in 2007 to 37 billion by 2011, as a greater number of services are deployed worldwide. It adds that increased consumer confidence, due to the enhanced security measures that are being utilised in mobile financial services will be crucial to greater service usage levels.

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Source: Cellular News.

Thursday, April 17, 2008 3:56:12 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, April 15, 2008

A report published by Pyramid Research says that mobile data will account for 29 percent of the global mobile service revenue in 2012, up from 19 percent in 2007. Clearly, the mobile data opportunity is soaring: the 2007 mobile data revenue was more than double what it was in 2004, and Pyramid Research expects it to double again to $300 billion by 2012.

The report also said that more than 60 percent of worldwide mobile data revenue will come from developed markets through 2012, despite the fact that 85 percent of the world's population lives in emerging markets. However, mobile data revenue in emerging markets will grow more than 50 percent faster than developed markets from 2007 to 2012

Mobile data revenue outlook, 2007 to 2012: Developed vs. emerging markets

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Source: Cellular News.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008 5:27:10 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, April 14, 2008

While a large number of phones today still use browsers with very limited web browsing capabilities, many smartphones are incorporating browsers that support the latest capabilities such as AJAX and RSS, as well as websites optimized for viewing on a mobile device. ABI Research sees this segment of the mobile browser market accounting for the vast majority of growth over the next five years, as the open-Internet browser (OIB) segment for mobile grows from 76 million in 2007 to nearly 700 million browsers delivered in 2013.

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Source: Cellular News.

Monday, April 14, 2008 9:21:02 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Global suppliers of services for telecom operators saw revenue increases across the board in 2007 as the total market grew to $70 billion, an 8% increase over 2006, according to Technology Business Research's Telecom Infrastructure Services (TIS) Market Model.

The TIS Market Model tracks market share of leading telecom equipment suppliers and provides forecasts for the rapidly-evolving market for selling deployment, maintenance, consulting & integration and managed services to telecom service providers.

Figure: Telecommunication Infrastructure Services Market Model

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Source: Cellular News.

Monday, April 14, 2008 9:16:16 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, April 10, 2008

The trade body, 3G Americas has announced that the world now has 3 billion mobile phone users based on the GSM family (inc UMTS), based upon research and projections by Informa Telecoms and Media. Today, 88% of the world's 3.5 billion mobile wireless subscriptions are to the GSM family of technologies.

By comparison, there are only 850 million personal computers worldwide, forecast to reach 2 billion in the year 2015 (Forrester, June 2007). Three billion GSM based subscriptions is nearly triple the number of people accessing the Internet around the world, 1.1 billion. Fixed landline phones number just over this, at 1.3 billion globally. The closest technology in terms of number of electronic devices is the number of television sets. But even that number falls a full billion short of the 3 billion GSM family milestone, with an estimated 2 billion television sets in use today (Source: Communities Dominate Brands blog, Tomi Ahonen, January 2007).

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Source: Cellular News.

Thursday, April 10, 2008 2:01:01 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, April 08, 2008

ABI Research is forecasting that global GSM subscriber growth to slow from a year-on-year rate of over 22% in 2006/07 to 14% in 2008/09, mainly due to the increased migration of subscribers to UMTS 3G technologies. UMTS (including HSDPA) experienced a nearly 83% year-on-year growth rate in 2006/07. ABI Research expects global GSM subscriber numbers to show a negative growth rate starting in 2013, as by then GSM will become less attractive compared to the cheaper 3G services; there will also be losses due to the proliferation of mobile WiMAX and 4G networks.

“Within the GSM subscriber population, EDGE is expected to maintain a high growth rate following increased deployments in emerging markets,” says Asia-Pacific vice president Jake Saunders. “Nonetheless, GSM (including EDGE and GPRS) is still expected to have the highest number of subscribers of all mobile technologies, with a 70% global market share in 2013 (dropping from 78% in 2007.)”

Meanwhile the W-CDMA (including HSDPA and HSPA) global market share is expected to increase from a little over 5% in 2007 to nearly 14% in 2013.

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Source: Cellular News.

3G | Mobile | World
Tuesday, April 08, 2008 10:37:22 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, April 03, 2008

A new analysis of the global opportunity for WiMAX 802.16e to deliver ´local loop´ broadband connectivity forecasts that WiMAX will begin to take off over the 2009 to 2011 period, exceeding 47 million subscribers globally by 2013.

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Highlights from the report include:

  • Global WiMAX service revenues, as a DSL replacement technology, will grow to over $20bn per annum by 2013.
  • The top WiMAX regions for DSL substitution will be: The Far East; North America; Western Europe and Africa/Middle East.
  • Juniper forecasts that around 12% of the forecast DSL subscriber base for 2013 will be replaced by WiMAX.
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Source: Cellular News.

Thursday, April 03, 2008 9:12:25 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Worldwide mobile advertising is projected to surpass $2.7 billion in 2008, up from $1.7 billion in 2007, but the market has developed slowly and obstacles remain, according to Gartner. Ease of use and relevancy to consumers are two important factors that must be addressed to help build momentum in the mobile advertising market.

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Despite challenges to the market, the industry is still poised for consistent growth. By the end of 2011 worldwide mobile advertising revenue is forecast to surpass $12.8 billion.

Source: Cellular News.

Tuesday, April 01, 2008 11:57:25 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, March 31, 2008

According to a new report from Portio Research, forecasts predict that 2008 will be the year that the worldwide mobile industry becomes a one Trillion US Dollar industry. For an industry to go from zero to USD 1 trillion in just 20 years is a staggering achievement, equal to a CAGR of almost 30 percent sustained for 20 years, an achievement previously unequalled by any other industry at any time in human history.

2007 became the year to see worldwide mobile handset shipments exceed 1 billion for the first time, and as 2008 begins so the world also crosses the highly significant 50 percent mobile penetration point, and the industry enters a year where gross industry revenues are set to reach 1 trillion Dollars. This is truly an exciting time to be in the mobile and wireless industry.

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In 2007, worldwide, non-voice services accounted for 18.9 percent of total mobile services revenues, and this figure looks set to keep growing, reaching more than 25.5 percent by the end of 2012. To put that in context, worldwide consumer spending on non-voice mobile services in 2012 will exceed US$251 Billion - more than a quarter of a trillion Dollars per annum.

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Portio Research's forecasts show that in 2008, 88.9 percent of total MNO service revenues worldwide will come from voice and SMS, and that figure is likely to remain as high as 85 percent even by the end of 2011. But that still leaves more than US$161 billion from data services in 2008, rising to over US$251 by 2011.

Source: Cellular News.

Monday, March 31, 2008 10:54:09 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Point Topicp's World Broadband Statistics (Q4 2007) examines global and regional broadband developments and technological innovation at the end of 2007. According to this report, there were some 350 million broadband subscribers worldwide by the end of 2007, representing 6.1% of the population. This represents a 24% increase from 2006 to 2007, when over 69 million people subscribed to broadband services. By 2007, Western Europe and North America lead in broadband penetration rates at 23.6 and 24.7 percent, respectively.

In absolute numbers, the USA continues to lead, with 73 million subscribers by the end of 2007, followed by China with 67 million subscribers. In terms of broadband penetration, Monaco takes the first place at 38%. Indeed, in Monaco, 94% of households have broadband services.

Figure 1: Share of world broadband subscribers by region in Q4 2007

DSL, FTTx and Cable moderm are the dominant broadband technoloies in the world. DSL is the most common technology with a 65% share of the global broadband market. Cable modem comes in second place, with 77 million subscribers a at the end of 2007.

Figure 2: Total Broadband by technology in Q4 2007

Source: Point Topic.

Monday, March 31, 2008 7:44:32 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, March 28, 2008

Sales of mobile data cards, which enable broadband access in laptops via a service provider's mobile data network, are forecast by Infonetics Research to nearly quadruple between 2007 and 2011, when they will reach $2.9 billion.

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Other highlights from the report:

  • Worldwide mobile subscribers topped 3 billion in 2007
  • Worldwide mobile data subscribers will accelerate dramatically over the next few years, reaching 144 million by 2011
  • Worldwide sales of smartphones reached $36.7 billion in 2007
  • Sales of mobile broadband routers are forecast to nearly quadruple between 2007 and 2011
  • In 2007, Nokia continued its strong lead in the mobile phone market, with 35% of worldwide revenue share, followed by Samsung and Motorola

Source: Cellular News.

Friday, March 28, 2008 3:04:39 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, February 22, 2008

The symposium organized by WTO on 20-21 February 2008 in Geneva commemorated the 10th anniversary of the entry into force of the 4th Protocol of the GATS, more commonly known as the Basic Telecommunications Agreement (BTA). The two day event highlights the transformation of telecommunications over the past decade and the regulatory challenges governments have faced. It also explores the broader implications for the ICT sector, trade, economic development and growth, and prospects for the future.

The ITU Secretary General Dr. Hamadoun Touré gave opening remarks at the first day of the symposium. Ms. Susan Schor of the Regulatory and Market Environment Division of ITU-BDT gave a presentation on 10 Years Regulatory Trends. Ms. Vanessa Gray from the Market Information and Statistics Division, ITU-BDT presented ICT Market Trends, which have swept the sector over the last decade. Dr. Tim Kelly from the Standardization Policy Division, ITU-TSB provided an overview of Regulatory challenges in new and emerging services.

Source: WTO and ITU.

ITU | World
Friday, February 22, 2008 8:59:21 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, February 07, 2008

The latest market data from analyst firm Canalys shows how much the converged device market (all smart phones and wireless handhelds) has grown over the past year. These, typically high-end, devices represented around 10% of the global mobile phone market by units in 2007, with annual growth of 60% making them one of the fastest growing segments of the technology industry. Year-on-year growth climbed every quarter throughout 2007, to reach a peak of 72% in Q4.

Apple's entry into this market in 2007 with the iPhone sparked a lot of media attention and speculation about how much it could disrupt the status quo and take share away from companies such as Nokia, RIM, Palm and Motorola.

Market shares Q4 2007, Q4 2006

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Source: Cellular News.

Thursday, February 07, 2008 8:49:27 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, January 28, 2008

The worldwide mobile phone market passed a new milestone in shipments by recording over 300 million devices shipped during the fourth quarter, while experiencing slower year-over-year growth for 2007. According to IDC, the 334.0 million handsets shipped during the holiday quarter was a new record for the industry, and was up 15.3% over last quarter.

For the entire year, total shipments reached 1,144.1 million units in 2007 with 12.4% overall growth. Nokia once again led vendors in shipments throughout the year, although some shakeup in the vendor rankings did occur. Samsung, which had been the number three vendor in the industry, surpassed Motorola during 2007 to capture the number two spot.

Top Five Mobile Phone Vendors, Worldwilde Full Year 2007 Results

Source: Cellular News.

Monday, January 28, 2008 3:11:31 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, January 25, 2008

The United Kingdom has been expelled from the list of the world's ten largest markets by Pakistan, as the South Asian market moved on to a total of 70 million customers by the end of Q3 2007, ahead of the UK with 69.3 million. Of course, the UK figure takes into account active customer numbers wherever possible, whilst the Pakistani number does not and almost certainly masks a very significant degree of inactivity. However, the change in the ranking - which uses active numbers wherever possible - is symbolic of current developments in the industry.

Italy also lost a place this quarter, slipping from eighth place to ninth, giving way to Indonesia, which moved up another place having been responsible for relegating the UK to tenth place in Q1 2007. Further down the ranking France also gave ground, this time as not one but two Asian markets - in the shape of the Philippines and Thailand - moved past it to take 15th and 16th places.

Meanwhile looking to the top 20, we find there was only one new entrant, Nigeria, which leapt from 22nd place to 19th in Q3 2007, knocking South Korea to 20th and ousting previous number one South Africa from the top 20. South Africa's status as the world's 20th largest market lasted just three months, as it only overtook Poland to enter the ranking in Q2 2007.

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Source: Cellular News.

Friday, January 25, 2008 11:44:42 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, January 10, 2008

Messaging services provider, Acision says that - according to their figures - global SMS traffic over the 2007/2008 New Year period increased by 30 per cent compared to the same period last year. Around the world, phone users sent a total of 43 billion text messages to wish their loved ones a happy New Year - of which more than 23 billion were processed through Acision's systems.

Growth was strong in both mature and emerging markets - in Portugal, SMS traffic almost tripled across the festive period compared to last year and Dutch operator KPN saw its messaging traffic double on New Years Eve.

However the most astounding growth figures came from developing markets, where India's 220 million mobile subscribers sent over a billion text messages - a 300% increase to their day to day traffic levels.

The Philippines retained its title as the text messaging capital of the world - sending a remarkable 1.39 billion text messages from a subscriber base of just 50 million.

Steven van Zanen, Head of Messaging Futures, Acision said: "Messaging represents a significant slice of mobile operator revenues, and events like New Years Eve demonstrate how critical it is for operators to ensure a reliable and speedy service. One of our operator customers' infrastructure operated under peaks of 19,000 messages sent per second without congestion or delay. The New Year figures are eagerly anticipated each year and this year's record traffic levels again do not disappoint."

Source: Cellular News.

World | SMS
Thursday, January 10, 2008 9:01:02 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, December 20, 2007

Between13-15 of December, the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) organized its 6th World Telecommunication/ICT Indicators (WTI) Meeting in Geneva, Switzerland. As the UN Agency in charge of telecommunications/ICT, ITU plays a lead role in the collection and harmonization of internationally comparable telecommunication/ICT statistics. The WTI meeting is organized regularly to review the state of telecommunication/ICT statistics, definitions, collection, and methodology.

In this year’s meeting 171 delegates from almost 80 ITU member countries and a number of regional and international organizations discussed the measurement of community access, the formulation of possible new indicators to measure the Information Society and the single ITU index.

The meeting was opened by Mr. S. Al Basheer Al Morshid, Director of the ITU's Telecommunication Development Bureau (BDT). Mr. Al Basheer Al Morshid highlighted ITU’s obligation and commitment to measure the Information Society. ITU has repeatedly emphasized that, to appropriately tackle the digital divide, it is crucial to overcome the statistical divide. This is important on a national level, to help governments identify their progress, their strengths and their weaknesses, so as to overcome barriers to wider and qualitatively better access to ICTs. At the same time these statistics are used to make international comparisons and allow governments to assess their performance objectively, identify realistic targets and create demands for improvement.

The meeting agreed upon a set of indicators to measure community/public access, an area where little information is currently available. It also discussed the measurement and definition of 'mobile broadband' and discussed possible indicators for the ITU index. For more information on the meeting, see: http://www.itu.int/ITU-D/ict/wict07/index.html.

Source: ITU.

Thursday, December 20, 2007 10:29:41 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, December 06, 2007

New data from the annual TeleGeography study of the international voice market shows that international traffic growth slowed sharply in 2006, to 10%, the lowest level in more than 20 years. Since prices are falling while competition and complexity are continuing to grow, international carriers may be in for a rough ride in the coming years.

However, not all is bleak: cross-border VoIP traffic grew more than 30% in 2006, and VoIP emerged as the key driver of overall market growth. In fact, 2006 may have been a tipping point in the international market: VoIP traffic increased as much as TDM volumes, and VoIP is poised to overtake TDM traffic growth in 2007.

Source: Telegeography.

Thursday, December 06, 2007 9:04:59 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, November 28, 2007

The CDMA Development Group (CDG) has announced that the total cumulative cdmaOne and CDMA2000 subscriber base reached 421.4 million after growing by 20 million net subscribers in Q3 2007. The CDG also reports that the 3G CDMA2000 subscriber base has reached 400.4 million.

"The CDG is pleased to witness the continued rapid growth and strength of CDMA," said Perry LaForge, executive director of the CDG.

The CDG said that APAC and North America account for the majority of CDMA subscribers, with APAC claiming 49%, and North America 32% of the worldwide total. The APAC and EMEA regions saw the greatest percentage of year-over-year growth, with the CDMA footprint increasing by 32% and 44% respectively.

The CDG also reported dynamic growth for CDMA2000, which now comprises approximately 95% of all CDMA subscribers, up from 93% last quarter, and approximately 70% of all 3G subscribers worldwide.

CDMA2000 1xEV-DO finished the quarter at 83 million subscribers, an increase of eight million since last quarter and 38 million since last year (Q3 2006). Furthermore, enterprises, small businesses and consumers increasingly demand the advanced mobile broadband services enabled by CDMA2000 1xEV-DO Revision A (Rev. A). The number of operators committed to deploying or who have already deployed Rev. A has more than doubled in the past eight months.

Source: Cellular News, based on the announcement by CDMA Development Group.

3G | Mobile | World
Wednesday, November 28, 2007 9:52:35 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, November 22, 2007

 

ITU data suggest that the number of mobile cellular subscribers surpassed the 3 billion mark – close to 50 percent of the world’s population – in August 2007. Mobile growth rates have been high across almost all regions and the number of subscribers has grown between 20 to 30 percent globally since 2000, when they stood at 12 percent. In many developing regions, including Africa, where fixed lines remain very limited, the mobile success story has been critical for enhancing access to telecommunications. During 2006 alone, Africa added over 60 million mobile cellular subscribers to its subscriber base and the continent’s mobile growth rate has been close to 50 percent annually over the last years.

 

 

At current growth rates, global mobile penetration is expected to reach 50 percent by early 2008. While in theory this would imply that every second person owns or uses a mobile phone, the statistic needs some clarification. Indeed, double counting takes place when consumers subscribe to multiple services. Also, operators’ methods for counting active prepaid subscribers vary, often inflating the actual number of people that use a mobile phone. On the other hand, some subscribers, particularly in developing countries, share their mobile phone with others, thus spreading its benefits. Finally, and despite high growth rates in the mobile sector, major differences in mobile penetration rates still exist between regions and within countries.

 

A look at the BRIC economies, shows that Brazil, Russia, India and China – four economies that are expected to have an increasingly important impact in terms of population, resources and global GDP share – alone represent almost one billion mobile subscribers in 2007; that is almost one third of the world’s total. Add the mobile subscribers in the USA, Japan and Indonesia, and the total number of subscribers in these seven countries add up to half of the world’s total.

 

 

Source: ITU.

Africa | Mobile | World
Thursday, November 22, 2007 1:10:03 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     |