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USA - Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband and Digital Media - Statistics and Analyses
The US has one of the largest telecoms markets, which has given it a unique character based only regional licensing. Growth in the mobile subscriber base remains strong despite penetration levels of above 120%
Vietnam - Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband and Digital Media - Statistics and Analyses
After peaking in 2009 Vietnam’s fixed line market in Vietnam has seen a significant decline. Market penetration has fallen from 20.1% in 2009 to 10.5% in 2012 and 5.7% in 2016.
Global Mobile Operators - Regional Leaders - Overview and Statistics
In 2017 the global mobile market has its sights firmly set on the opportunities offered through mobile data as well as looking for potential new revenues streams presented by the enterprise sector, data mining, 5G and international expansion.
South Korea - Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband and Digital Media - Statistics and Analyses
South Korea has one of the world’s most active telecommunications and Information Technology (IT) markets backed by strong support from the government. As well as the commitment of the government, the sector is boosted by an innovative private sector and a technologically savvy population. Spending on ICT and high-technology equipment helped lead a transformation of the economy. The government aims to transform the country into a knowledge-based information society in a ‘smart-age’.
Russia - Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband and Digital Media - Statistics and Analyses
The Russian telecom market is the largest in Europe, supported by a population of about 143.5 million. The country’s ongoing economic woes, partly resulting from difficulties associated with a range of sanctions related to the annexation of Ukraine, have impacted growth in the telecom sector.
Germany - Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband and Digital Media - Statistics and Analyses
Germany has one of Europe’s largest telecom markets, as befits a country with a population of more than 82 million. Penetration in the broadband and mobile sectors is about average for the region. Both the fixed network and broadband markets are dominated by Telekom Deutschland, though other notable players including freenet, Vodafone and Telefónica.
Australia - Telecoms Industry - Statistics and Forecasts
The overall telecoms services revenue reached over $42 billion in 2016, a growth of under 1% for the 12 months to June 2016. The overall market is predicted to grow at a stronger rate in 2017. The strongest growth is coming from the second tier providers, which grew at over 10% during that time period.
Netherlands - Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband and Digital Media - Statistics and Analyses
The Dutch telecom market has one of the most mature broadband sectors in the world, with effective cross-platform competition. DSL infrastructure provides national coverage while the HFC sector, dominated by the newly created joint venture VodafoneZiggo, reaches about 95% of households. In addition there is a strong and rapidly growing fibre sector, with the networks of the incumbent telco KPN being supplemented by a number of municipal projects.
Middle East - Mobile Network Operators and MVNOs
Many Middle Eastern mobile operators are facing increased challenges in the mobile sector, due primarily to regulatory reforms, liberalisation, Over-The-Top providers, economic and civil conditions, the lifting of sanctions (Iran) and mobile market saturation.
Switzerland - Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband and Digital Media - Statistics and Analyses
Switzerland has a sophisticated telecom sector and enjoys one of the highest broadband penetration rates in the OECD. Its competitive mobile market is served by three network operators and a small number of MVNOs while the broadband market is dominated by Swisscom and the main cableco UPC, though there are a large number of smaller players in the market, many providing services to local communities.
Spain - Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband and Digital Media - Statistics and Analyses
In recent years the value of Spain’s telecom market has fallen steadily, with the sector affected by the poor economic climate which has contributed to high unemployment and reduced disposable income among consumers. However, a five-year recession, with tumbling GDP, effectively ended in 2014 when the economy showed a steady return to growth for four quarters in succession.
Brazil - Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband and Digital Media - Statistics and Analyses
Supported by a population of some 204 million, the Brazilian telecoms market is among the largest in Latin America. Telecoms revenue has been adversely affected by the ongoing economic crisis which has dented consumer confidence and reduced spend on services.
Mexico - Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband and Digital Media - Statistics and Analyses
With a population of around 121 million and a fixed-line teledensity of around 18% Mexico’s telecom sector retains significant potential for growth over the next few years. The fixed-line market is still dominated by the incumbent Telmex, with about 62% market share, while the mobile market is dominated by Telmex’s sister company Telcel, both being owned by América Móvil.
Global Digital and Sharing Economy - The E-commerce and M-Commerce Transformation
The sharing economy movement matures and e-commerce continues to thrive The “sharing economy” movement is maturing and citizens and corporations alike have accepted that popular business models like Uber and Airbnb seem here to stay. This has caused the traditional industries with vested interests in these markets to make adjustments to their own business models and competition strategies with the sharing economy in mind.
United Kingdom - Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband and Digital Media - Statistics and Analyses
The UK’s telecom market, one of the largest in Europe, is characterised by fierce competition in the mobile and broadband sectors. This has helped push up service penetration while helping to reduce consumer prices across the board. Network capabilities have also been greatly expanded following investments by the two principal telcos British Telecom and Virgin Media.
Asia - Mobile Network Operators and MVNOs
The focus of this report is on the operators within their individual national markets. In addition to these individual operators there are those companies such as SingTel, Vodafone, and Axiata (formerly Telekom Malaysia International) that have built a substantial presence around the Asian region beyond their own domestic market through their shareholdings in operators in multiple other markets.
Asia - Fixed Broadband Market - Statistics and Analyses
South Korea and Japan are the leading two countries in Asia with regards to internet penetration with penetration reaching 91% in 2016. Behind South Korea and Japan are Singapore (84%), Taiwan (83%), Azerbaijan (79%), and Hong Kong (79%). China leads in terms of overall number of internet users in 2016 (730 million), followed by India (290 million), Japan (115 million) and Indonesia (63.1 million).
Australia - Mobile Infrastructure
?The Australian mobile market is dominated by the three major mobile network operators Telstra, Optus, and Vodafone (VHA), though there are numerous MVNOs which have a significant market share. MVNOs have been able to offer LTE services on a wholesale basis since early 2016, thus encouraging growth in the LTE sector and cementing the role which MVNOs play in the overall market.
Colombia - Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband and Digital Media - Statistics and Analyses
Colombia’s telecom infrastructure is reasonably well developed in the main business centres, where service availability is high. However, infrastructure remains poor in small urban centres and rural areas. The government has endeavoured to address this with a number of public programs, and has facilitated the entry of operators to the mobile market in a bid to improve competition and extend the availability of mobile broadband services nationally.
Middle East - Mobile Infrastructure and Mobile Broadband
Mobile broadband revenues rising in the Middle East For those countries of the Middle East which have reached mobile saturation; we are beginning to see positive signs that mobile broadband revenues are beginning to grow. In Bahrain, for example, revenues from mobile broadband are continuously rising and now contribute over 35% to total broadband revenues – compared to only 7% in 2010. Mobile data and mobile broadband also present the next significant revenue growth opportunity for the mobile operators in Iran. Revenue from mobile data is quickly edging towards a 40% market share in Turkey, while mobile voice revenue is clearly in decline. Many countries have invested heavily in improving mobile broadband infrastructure, including 4G LTE deployment. The operators in Israel, for example
Asia - Mobile Infrastructure and Mobile Broadband
With 3.9 billion mobile subscribers and over 50% of the mobile subscribers in the world, spread across a diverse range of markets, the region is already rapidly advancing in the adoption of mobile broadband services. Mobile broadband as a proportion of the total Asian mobile broadband subscriber base, has increased from 2% in 2008 to 18% in 2013, 27% in 2014, 33% in 2015 and 37% in 2016.
Finland - Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband and Digital Media - Statistics and Analyses
Finland’s telecom market is among the more progressive in Europe, with considerable emphasis by both the regulator and operators to test-bed technologies, particularly in the mobile sector. The regulator has been quick to provide additional spectrum for telecom services, with spectrum in the 800MHz already available for LTE use and with a multi-band auction planned to be held by the end of 2016.
Africa - Mobile Infrastructure and Mobile Broadband
Within Africa there is considerable diversity in the availability and capability of mobile telecom infrastructure. Vast tracks of the continent, particularly in the northern desert regions, are sparsely populated with little in the way of network coverage. However, intense investment programs undertaken by several pan-regional operators in recent years has meant that population coverage in most countries is excellent.
Africa - Mobile Network Operators and MVNOs
Mobile telephony is by far the dominant telecom platform across Africa, accounting for more than 90% of all telephone lines in the region. As a consequence, mobile internet also accounts for a similar proportion of all internet connections. Given the size and range of markets on the continent, market penetration is varied between countries. By the end of 2016 the highest mobile penetration was found in countries including Libya (155%), Botswana (176%) and Gabon (190%), which reflects the popularity of consumers having multiple SIM cards.
Africa - Fixed Broadband Market - Statistics and Analyses
?The development of the internet market in Africa has been stymied by the poor quality and relative scarcity of the fixed-line infrastructure. As a consequence more than 90% of all internet connections are via mobile networks. However, there is continuing progress being made to increase fixed-line connectivity, both at the backhaul and the local level.
South Pacific Islands - Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband - Statistics and Analyses
The geography of the South Pacific region has made internet connectivity a serious problem for many of the remote islands. Submarine fibre-optic networks are expensive to build and maintain, with capital costs prohibitive for the smaller island communities. Some countries have to rely solely on geostationary satellites. As a result, bandwidth is limited and broadband prices are high.
Thailand - Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband and Digital Media - Statistics and Analyses
The country’s telecom industry has undergone a period of strong growth which has started to moderate in the last few years. The mobile market has been a case in point growing by substantial amounts annually and passing the 100% penetration milestone.
South Africa - Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband and Digital Media - Statistics and Analyses
South Africa’s telecom sector boasts one of the continent’s most advanced networks in terms of technology deployed and services provided. Nevertheless, the fixed-line infrastructure for many years suffered from under-investment by the monopoly incumbent Telkom. The poor level of service encouraged the growth of the mobile sector for the provision of voice and data services.
Global Smart Infrastructure - A Smart Approach to Smart Cities in 2016
Slowly but surely we are beginning to see a transformation take place in many parts of the world, as governments and councils realise they need to take a holistic approach to future city-wide development. In Australia, for example, we see that Adelaide, Canberra, Newcastle, Lake Macquarie, Sydney, Ipswich and Sunshine Coast have all been identified as being among the leading smart cities.
Austria - Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband and Digital Media - Statistics and Analyses
Austria’s telecom market is dominated by the incumbent Telekom Austria and the cableco UPC Austria. There is good competition in the fixed-line broadband and mobile sectors, largely due to effective regulatory measures. América Móvil has a controlling interest in Telekom Austria, though in mid-2016 it reduced its stake in the incumbent in line with commitments made when it first bought into the operator in 2014.
Australia - The National Broadband Network - Moving into 2017
The telecommunications market continues its transformation into the industry underpinning the digital, sharing and interconnected economy. This transformation is mainly driven by the ongoing innovations and technological developments that are taking place. More often than not the industry itself is struggling to keep up with these rapid changes.
India - Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband and Digital Media - Statistics and Analyses
Despite setbacks, India continues to be one of the fastest growing major telecom markets in the world. It is also one of the largest. Sweeping reforms introduced by successive Indian governments over the last decade have dramatically changed the nature of telecommunications in the country.
Nigeria - Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband and Digital Media - Statistics and Analyses
Nigeria has one of the largest telecom markets in Africa, supported by the second largest economy on the continent after South Africa. Given the potential for further growth, the sector attracts considerable foreign investment. Far reaching liberalisation in recent years has led to hundreds of companies, many of them small and localised, providing varied telecom and value-added services in an effectively regulated market.
Eritrea - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses
Eritrea’s government commits to extending telecom services to remote areas Eritrea’s telecom sector operates under a state-owned monopoly for fixed and mobile services. Partly as a result of such restrictions on competition, the country has the least developed telecommunications market in Africa.
Syria - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses
The years of civil unrest in Syria have taken their toll on Syria’s telecommunications infrastructure and while the capital Damascus has survived reasonably well, it is the outskirts, rural and remote areas which have felt the brunt of the destruction. The majority of the population (70%) live in poverty, according to reports, and employment is as high as 50%.
Kazakhstan - Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband and Digital Media - Statistics and Analyses
By 2016 revenue growth for the country’s telecoms markets was slowing markedly, and has gone into decline in early 2016, according to figures Kazakhstan’s Statistics Agency.
Sudan - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses
Sudan makes up the northern part of a country which in 2011 was separated to form the new state of South Sudan. Three quarters of the former population live in the north, where mobile market penetration is far higher. The country has a relatively well-equipped telecommunications infrastructure by regional standards, including a national fibre optic backbone and international fibre connections.
Tunisia - Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband and Digital Media - Statistics and Analyses
?Tunisia has developed one of the most sophisticated telecommunications and broadband infrastructures in North Africa. The country market penetration rates for mobile and internet services is among the highest on the continent’s, while regulatory measures and improved international bandwidth capacity has also meant that consumers benefit from relatively low prices.
Belgium - Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband and Digital Media - Statistics and Analyses
Belgium’s telecom market has long benefited from comprehensive DSL and cable networks, complemented by limited fibre deployments. Though relatively small, the market has attracted investment from some of the region’s major players, including Liberty Global and Orange Group.
Global Telecoms Trends for 2017 - Fibre Networks, LTE, 5G, Video Streaming, Smart Nations
The fixed broadband network is the infrastructure needed to meet the needs, both economic and societal, of the developed markets. In fact in many of these markets, wireless broadband and FttP are developing in a complementary and harmonious way. Currently 4G networks offer excellent broadband services and, as long as the usage is limited, the prices are competitive. However, as soon as the mobile networks become used for entertainment services such as Netflix, the affordability drops significantly. Looking ahead, more and more of these entertainment services will be delivered over broadband and more and more people will move from traditional TV to these broadband-based services. At the same time, the quality is moving from HDTV to 4K and it remains unlikely that these services can be supp
Australia - Data Analytics, M2M, Cyber Crime and Data Centres
BuddeComm has been supportive of the data centre market since the 1990s. However, it took nearly 20 years for the industry to reach its current position. The arrival of cloud computing, Big Data, M2M and IoT allowed for a large range of new services and applications, especially aimed at small and medium organisations. The data centre market includes telehousing facilities, co-location facilities, cloud and IT services, content hosting, connectivity and interconnection. They are important for a range of business and government applications including new developments of cloud computing and the Internet of Things (M2M). These developments have given an enormous boost to the data centre market, with investments totalling $5 billion over the 2011-2016 period. Investment in datacentres in Austr
Australia - Telecoms Market Analyses - Top Trends Moving into 2017
The convergence that we have been talking about for more than 20 years is now happening, but driven by disruption rather than well-considered strategies and marketing campaigns. The internet companies have been able to embed many of the traditional telecoms services into their offerings, often at little or no cost to their customers. Telecommunications is a way for them to offer a range of other internet services and it is from these that they make their money. As a consequence, the underlying infrastructure is increasingly becoming a national utility and it will soon be treated as such from a regulatory perspective. The New Zealand government has already foreshadowed such changes for its regulatory regime. This, of course, is putting enormous pressure on the traditional industry. Overall
Australia - Mobile Broadband Market - Services and Apps
Australia’s MVNOs now accessing the world’s fastest LTE networks The three LTE networks operated by Optus, Telstra and Vodafone have been developed rapidly during the past two years. These MNOs are striving to provide an infrastructure capable of meeting customer demand for mobile broadband services, and are also preparing for the possibilities anticipated through the deployment of 5G within the next few years.
Singapore - Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband and Digital Media - Statistics and Analyses
Singapore continues to maintain a strong positive outlook in the country’s telecommunications sector. The island state has built a competitive telecoms market over the past three decades, aided by its geographical disposition and its excellent infrastructure.
Australia - Smart Cities
While a holistic approach towards the development of smart cities is still often missing, in 2016 there are some good examples, both nationally and internationally, of councils that are moving in the right direction. We are migrating from smart cities being a concept for the future to the point where we are now seeing cities making tangible plans and infrastructure decisions to support such a transformation.
Australia - Fixed Broadband Market - Insights, Statistics and Analyses
Growth in the Australian fixed broadband market has slowed in line with higher penetration rates. Within the market there is a dynamic shift among customers to fibre networks, as this infrastructure is being built out by nbn (NBN Co), the company responsible for the national broadband deployment. While fibre has become by far the fastest growing sector, and DSL is beginning to slide as customers are migrated to the NBN, there is continuing solid growth in the cable broadband sector.
China - Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband and Digital Media - Statistics and Analyses
The Chinese telecom market is the largest in the world in terms of subscribers and is undergoing transition. Mobile subscriptions outnumber fixed voice connections and voice is giving way to data as the primary revenue generator. China’s telecom market is served by three operators; China Telecom, China Unicom and China Mobile. All three are integrated providers of telecom services although China Mobile is the largest in the crucial mobile market.
Global Fixed Broadband Market - Trends, Statistics and Progress
Recently there was an important development for the broadband sector with the market share of fibre infrastructure lines finally overtaking DSL technologies as the largest on a global level.
Australia - Digital Media - Apps and Services
With the rise of digital platforms, the media industry is rapidly changing. In newspaper and book publishing, TV and radio broadcasting, film, music, and other forms of media, we see that the national walls that protect local organisations within traditional models are crumbling. In other words, it is no longer an issue of local market share. It is now about international market share.
Australia - Video Streaming, Broadcasting and Pay TV
The digital TV and video streaming industry has changed beyond recognition and it continues to evolve in 2016. Consumer habits are shifting from broadcast TV to on-demand content – especially streaming. Traditional TV viewing is increasingly facing competition from other viewing platforms such as smart phones, tablets, and Smart TVs.
Latin America - Mobile Voice and Mobile Broadband Statistics
Telephony services in Latin America have increasingly turned towards mobile solutions, in part a legacy response to poor fixed-line infrastructure and the continuing emphasis on investment in mobile networks rather than fixed-line networks. As a result, many people in rural areas have become mobile subscribers by default, lacking a fixed-line alternative for voice and basic data services.
Latin America - Mobile Infrastructure
In recent quarters mobile network operators in Latin America have been under increasing pressure to develop revenue growth. This can partly be attributed to unfavourable currency exchanges, but it is also exacerbated by poorly performing economies. Most countries in the region have seen stagnant or at best low economic in 2015 and into 2016, while those of Brazil and Venezuela have been particularly badly affected. Political turmoil in these countries suggests that potential economic recovery is some time off.
Latin America - Mobile Network Operators and MVNOs
Latin America’s mobile market is dominated by four multinational operators, which together account for about 75% of the region’s subscribers. This proportion has been stable for a number of years but is being slowly eroded as regulatory measures facilitate the entry of MVNOs. In part this has been made possible by regulators setting aside auctioned spectrum for new market entrants, and by auction rules which oblige licensees of some spectrum bands to host MVNOs.
Caribbean - Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband and Digital Media - Statistics and Analyses
The telecoms markets in most Caribbean countries have been progressively liberalised. The sector remains one of the region’s major growth sectors, particularly in the mobile telephony and data segments.
Latin America - Video Streaming and Digital Media
The digital media landscape in the Latin America and Caribbean region (LAC) has seen considerable changes in recent years, both in terms of market consolidation and in the effects wrought by the fast-growing OTT sector.
Latin America - Fixed Broadband Market - Statistics and Analyses
Although fixed broadband penetration in the LAC region remains below the global average, and significantly so in a number of Central American countries, in recent years there has been a greater appreciation among policy makers that higher broadband penetration translates to economic productivity and growth in GPD.
Australia - Smart Energy and M2M
There certainly is a lot of interest in the M2M (machine-to-machine) and internet of things (IoT) market in 2016; but we are only seeing what is happening on the surface.
Japan - Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband and Digital Media - Statistics and Analyses
Japan’s telecommunications sector is one of the most developed markets in the world. Japan’s telecoms market is characterised by customers possessing a willingness to adopt new technologies combined with an increasingly sophisticated interest in the wider application of telephone lines.
Hong Kong - Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband and Digital Media - Statistics and Analyses
Hong Kong’s telecom market continues to develop in line with its status as one of the leading economies in the world. Coming into 2016, over two thirds of fixed broadband connections were fibre, with the remainder a mix of DSL and HFC. This has propelled Hong Kong to boast the highest peak average broadband speeds in the world, surpassing South Korea, Singapore and Japan. Hong Kong has also been claiming a string of ‘firsts’ in the global market, with its innovative approach to testing and implementing the latest technologies and platforms.
Portugal - Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband and Digital Media - Statistics and Analyses
Portugal has a medium-sized telecom market with a strong mobile sector and a growing broadband customer base focussed on the delivery of fibre-based services. The country’s difficult economic circumstances have seen operators’ domestic revenue fall in recent quarters. This prompted considerable ownership changes among market operators.
New Zealand - Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband and Digital Media - Statistics and Analyses
New Zealand’s telecom sector is being transformed by the continuing deployment of the key national infrastructure, the UFB. This ambitious undertaking is fundamental to the country’s broadband landscape, and is underpinning the emerging digital economy as well as the burgeoning digital media sector. As the overall market is being bolstered by the fixed-line and mobile broadband segments, the fixed-line voice market (voice calls and local access) continues to lose overall share of telecom services revenue.
Philippines - Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband and Digital Media - Statistics and Analyses
While the telecom sector in the Philippines has witnessed considerable investment and business activity since deregulation, the market has continued to fall short of its full potential. Nevertheless, there certainly has been a lot of activity, with the market often finding a different direction from what was envisaged.
France - Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband and Digital Media - Statistics and Analyses
France has the third largest telecoms market in Europe and in Orange it hosts one of the world’s major telcos, with interests in markets across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. The company recently embarked on its five-year ‘Essentials 2020’ program focussed on emerging markets as well as on investments in super-fast broadband and LTE infrastructure within its European footprint.
Indonesia - Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband and Digital Media - Statistics and Analyses
There has been considerable energy and turmoil in Indonesia’s telecom sector over the last decade or so. Growth, both in subscriber numbers and in revenues, has been strong and, more importantly, there are signs that the changes in the regulatory regime and operator restructuring are starting to have a positive effect on the industry. The mobile market has been especially positive.
Asia Mobile Operators and MVNOs
Across Asia a total of around 3.8 billion mobile subscribers were being served by a large number of mobile operators heading into 2016. The operators are continuing to drive the market, expanding it by between 5% and 10% annually at the moment. Whilst the overall growth rate in the region has moderated the sheer numbers are impressive.
Asia - Telecom Forecasts
Providing a series of forecasts for subscriber growth in an extensive range of markets in Asia, this market report predominantly covers the fixed line, internet and mobile subscriber market segments.
Taiwan - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband
Taiwan’s fixed-line market continues to be dominated by incumbent operator Chunghwa Telecom despite competition and fixed mobile substitution eating into its market share and fixed-line revenue. However the market remains important due to the increasing popularity of fixed broadband which is undergoing a transition from predominantly DSL to fibre access based platforms.
Italy - Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband and Digital Media - Statistics and Analyses
Italy’s boasts one of the largest large telecom markets in Europe, supported by a population approaching 61 million. The fibre-optic sector has seen significant development in recent years, both in operator investment and in regulatory measures aimed at improving access to networks for smaller operators.
Denmark - Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband and Digital Media - Statistics and Analyses
Denmark has benefited from a competitive telecom market which has led to the country having Europe’s highest broadband penetration rate and one of the highest penetration rates in the mobile sector. The fixed-line sector continues to lose revenue and customers as more people forego fixed phones for VoIP and mobile-only solutions.
Thailand - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband
A generally improved commercial environment has presented increased opportunities for the development of the internet in Thailand. Over the last decade, the estimated number of internet users in the country has increased more than fourfold. Internet user penetration reached 38% in 2015. ISPs have recovered from their earlier reputation for unreliable performance and a failure to invest in improved infrastructure; and the government has been fixing the regulatory regime.
Global Digital Economy - E-Health, E-Education and E-Government Trends
The key benefits of the digital economy include eliminating unnecessary costs, creating greater efficiencies and increasing productivity. These benefits are of particular importance when considering the healthcare, education and government services sectors.
China - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband
China’s telecom market is the largest in the world in many respects but is served by only three operators; China Telecom, China Unicom and China Mobile. All three are integrated providers of telecom services although China Mobile is the largest in the crucial mobile market.
Middle East - Fixed Broadband Market
Broadband infrastructure is becoming increasingly important in the Middle East as the large and increasingly tech savvy populations place more and more demand on existing infrastructure. In order to meet this demand, many governments in the region are investing heavily in broadband infrastructure including fibre-optic rollouts and improved mobile broadband networks. International and regional broadband connectivity are also key considerations for the future.
Pakistan - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband
Internet penetration remained low across the country. Broadband growth had almost been negligible for some years, but there were some positive signs in recent years. The big change has been the arrival of mobile broadband on a large scale in 2014. This has boosted overall broadband growth, helped also by intense competition in the market place. Of course, the granting of 3G - and 4G - licences in 2014 had certainly changed the broadband landscape.
Australia - Telecoms Industry - Statistical Overviews
Despite pressures on pricing, revenue is expected to show continued growth for fiscal 2016. M&A activity during 2015 has seen telcos such as TPG begin to realise the benefits of scale, propelling them to the main stage in terms of broadband market share. Positive growth is also anticipated from wholesale access to the NBN, with broadband providers such as Optus planning to provide services to up to eight million premises, or double the company’s existing footprint.
Australia - Telco Company Profiles - 2nd Tier
The second tier Australian telco market has seen further significant consolidation over the past year. A process that is set to continue over coming years. Moving towards a structurally separated regulatory environment with a NBN at the horizon, size really does matter. Macquarie Telecom, iiNet, M2 Telecom and TPG continue to report strong revenue growth.
Australia - Telco Company Profiles - Telstra, Optus and Vodafone
Telstra continues to dominate the overall Australian telecom market, holding about 62% market share by revenue. Market share in some sectors, such as broadband, has been falling steadily since the highs that it held in the early 2000s, though the company has retained its dominance in segments such as mobile voice and data.
Malaysia - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband
The number of fixed-line services, after growing rapidly at first, had been relatively static for around ten years; then we have seen clear evidence of a shrinking fixed subscriber base. Penetration has dropped from around 17% in 2010 to 12% in 2015.
Singapore - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband
Through its building of a high quality and extremely progressive regulatory environment for the local telecommunications sector, Singapore has developed the status of a world leader in telecommunications. This dynamic has, in turn, generated a highly competitive telecom market place in the island-state
Africa - Mobile Voice and Mobile Broadband Statistics
African mobile internet traffic expected to increase 20-fold by the end of the decade Africa’s diverse mobile market is characterised by having a small number of mobile players with footprints across multiple countries.
Australia - The National Broadband Network - Moving into 2016
Between 2009 and 2012, the NBN company designed the architecture for a national FttH network. Legislation and contracts were completed in 2012 and shortly afterwards the rollout started, based on a ‘rolling’ three year plan. The election of the Coalition government in 2013 resulted in a political review. As a result the FttH plan was abandoned and instead a so-called multi-mix technology (MTM) solution was introduced. This will see the continuing use of both the copper and the HFC networks.
Vietnam - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband
Vietnam moves to reduce government presence in telecoms Any review of the telecoms market in Vietnam must take into account the nature and structure of the government. Whilst nominally a communist state and therefore a centrally planned economy, it has undergone significant structural change over the years. After revising its attitude to the market economy and the role of the private sector, the government has progressively introduced some competition into the market place, building what it describes as ‘a socialist oriented market economy.’ There is no doubt that this change of policy and outlook resulted in a fresh growth momentum within the nation. Nevertheless it remains a one-party system, moving slowly in the implementing of social and economic reform and simply avoi
Global Telecoms Trends for 2016 - Big Data, M2M, Sharing Economy, Wearables, 5G
Underlying trends propel telecoms sector in 2016 Looking towards 2016 the underlying trends of mobile broadband; M2M; Cloud computing; OTT services and Big Data management will continue to propel the broader telecoms sector ahead. In addition, further advancements in wearable technologies are expected and attention will turn more and more towards 5G infrastructure. Generally speaking, mobile penetration continues to vary widely throughout the world. In Europe, nearly 80% of the population were unique mobile subscribers at the end of 2014, while in Sub-Saharan Africa the figure was only 39%. But the developing regions are where we will see most growth in the years through to 2020. Mobile broadband access using the 3G and now the 4G/LTE networks has continued to expand as users
Australia - Telecoms Market Analyses - Top Trends Moving into 2016
This annual publication provides analysis on the telecoms market moving into 2016. It includes forecasts, overviews and discussions on: Industry consolidation and cost cutting set to continue; Video streaming puts pressure on the quality of the NBN; Mobile broadband traffic explosion driven by transactions initiated by smartphone devices; Telco industry slow in its transformation; Winners are assets and people light and use horizontal collaboration and the sharing economy; New opportunities in: healthcare, education, government services, smart grids, smart cities, connected homes, wearable technologies, IoT and M2M; Telstra is taking a leadership role in some of these developments, not just here also internationally; NBN – FttH passed 1 million, FttN roll out start in
Belgium - Telecoms, IP Networks and Digital Media
This report provides a comprehensive overview of trends and developments in Belgium’s telecommunications market. The report analyses the mobile, internet, broadband, digital TV and converging media sectors. Subjects include: Market and industry analyses, trends and developments; Facts, figures and statistics; Industry and regulatory issues; Infrastructure developments; Major Players, Revenues, Subscribers, ARPU, MoU Internet, VoIP, IPTV; Mobile Voice and Data Markets; Broadband (FttP, DSL, cable, wireless); Convergence and Digital Media; Mobile subscriber and ARPU forecasts; Broadband market forecasts for selective years to 2020. Government policies affecting the telecoms industry Market liberalisation and industry issues; Telecoms
Global Digital Media - The Unstoppable Video Streaming, TV and Entertainment Industries
BuddeComm’s new report, Global Digital Media - The Unstoppable Video Streaming, TV and Entertainment Industries provides important insights into the vibrant global TV market, which is undergoing significant transformation. This report includes key trends, statistics, case studies and analyses on the key sectors, which comprise the TV market including Digital, Pay TV, Online video streaming, Mobile TV and IPTV. It explores the trends occurring in multi-play bundling supported by relevant case studies and a future based on Over-The-Top (OTT) services. In addition, the report provides insightful regional overviews written by BuddeComm’s Senior Analysts for North America, Europe, Africa, Middle East, Latin America and Asia Pacific. Researchers:- Kylie Wansink, Paul Budde, Lu
Philippines - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband
This report provides a comprehensive overview of trends and developments in the Philippines’ telecommunications and digital media market. The report analyses the mobile, internet, broadband, digital TV and converging media sectors. Subjects covered include: Market and industry analyses, trends and developments; Facts, figures and statistics; Industry and regulatory issues; Infrastructure; Major players, revenues, subscribers, ARPU; Internet, VoIP, IPTV; Mobile voice and data markets; Broadband (FttH, DSL, wireless); Convergence and Digital Media;Mobile, fixed and internet scenario forecasts to 2020.Researcher:- Peter EvansCurrent publication date:- June 2015 (21st Edition)
Portugal - Telecoms, IP Networks and Digital Media
This report provides a comprehensive overview of trends and developments in Portugal’s telecommunications market. The report analyses the mobile, internet, broadband, digital TV and converging media sectors. Subjects include: Market and industry analyses, trends and developments; Facts, figures and statistics; Industry and regulatory issues; Infrastructure developments; Major Players, Revenues, Subscribers, ARPU, MoU; Internet, VoIP, IPTV; Mobile Voice and Data Markets; Broadband (FttP, DSL, cable, wireless); Convergence and Digital Media; Mobile subscriber and ARPU forecasts; Broadband market forecasts for selective years to 2020. Government policies affecting the telecoms industry; Market liberalisation and industry issues; Telecoms operators – privatisa
Brazil - Telecoms, IP Networks and Digital Media
This report provides a comprehensive overview of trends and developments in Brazil’s telecommunications market. The report analyses the mobile, internet, broadband, digital TV and converging media sectors. Subjects include: Market and industry analyses, trends and developments; Facts, figures and statistics; Industry and regulatory issues; Infrastructure developments; Major Players, Revenues, Subscribers, ARPU, MoU; Internet, VoIP, IPTV; Mobile Voice and Data Markets; Broadband (FttP, DSL, cable, wireless); Convergence and Digital Media; Mobile subscriber and ARPU forecasts; Broadband market forecasts for selective years to 2020. Government policies affecting the telecoms industry; Market liberalisation and industry issues; Telecoms operators – priva
Australia - Fixed Broadband Market - Insights, Statistics and Analysis
This report provides statistics and analyses on Australia’s fixed-line broadband sector, including recent developments affecting the NBN as well as DSL and HFC networks. The report assesses overall market dynamics, and the key operating performance of the principal players. It also covers developments in NBN Co’s efforts to extend the footprint of the NBN by utilising the existing copper infrastructure of Telstra and Optus, and examines the likely trends which will develop into 2015 and further ahead as the broadband sector adjusts to the introduction of OTT and SVoD services from providers including Presto TV, Stan and Netflix.
United Kingdom - Telecoms, IP Networks and Digital Media
This report provides a comprehensive overview of trends and developments in the UK’s telecommunications market. The report analyses the mobile, internet, broadband, digital TV and converging media sectors. Subjects include: Market and industry analyses, trends and developments; Facts, figures and statistics; Industry and regulatory issues; Infrastructure developments; Major Players, Revenues, Subscribers, ARPU, MoU; Internet, VoIP, IPTV; Mobile Voice and Data Markets; Broadband (FttP, DSL, cable, wireless); Convergence and Digital Media; Mobile subscriber and ARPU forecasts; Broadband market forecasts for selective years to 2020. Government policies affecting the telecoms industry; Market liberalisation and industry issues; Telecoms operators – pri
Australia - E-Commerce, Marketing and Advertising
This annual publication offers a wealth of information on the trends and developments taking place in the m-commerce and c-commerce sectors. The publication provides analyses of the issues surrounding the growth of e-commerce, including e-banking, e-payments and online advertising. Information on mobile commerce developments are also provided, including m-payments and m-banking, included statistics and forecasts for both the e-commerce and m-commerce sectors. Subjects covered include: Analyses of key e-commerce trends; E-commerce trends and statistics; Information on e-payment and e-banking sectors; Analyses of key m-commerce trends; Information on the key market players. The Digital Economy is driving sector and industry transformations Key Insights Based on
Australia - Smart Cities - People, Transport, Cars, Buildings
Big data and open governments will spur developments in smart cities Smart cities are going to be amazing community hubs that will be more sustainable, efficient, and supportive of citizens. The concept of smart communities is based on intelligent infrastructure such as broadband (FttP) and smart grids, so that connected and sustainable communities can be developed. However, they cannot be built within the silo structure that currently dominates our thinking; a holistic approach is needed – one that includes environmental issues such as energy-self-sufficient buildings, exchanges for renewable energy and e-cars, delivery of e-health, e-education and e-government services, as well as digital media and internet services. To date, the easiest path to incorporating these concept
Caribbean - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Market Insights and Statistics
Consolidation strengthens regional players struggling for revenue growth The telecoms sector in the Caribbean sector remains one of the region’s major growth industries, particularly in the mobile telephony and data sectors. The two main telcos in the region are Cable & Wireless Communications, operating services under the LIME brand, and Digicel. Along with Bermuda-based KeyTech, these operators have spearheaded consolidation in the region through a number of acquisitions. This has been aimed at strengthening their presence across a wider number of markets, as also diversifying their offerings. Digicel in particular has emerged from its mobile-centric platform offering to include pay-TV services through acquiring a number of small cable TV operators and ISPs providing IPTV.
USA - Telecoms, IP Networks and Digital Media
Network neutrality promising major changes to fixed and mobile broadband service conditions The US broadband market is currently witnessing significant investment activity in fibre deployments, HFC upgrades and mobile broadband network rollouts. Much of the investment in fibre is being undertaken by a significant number of smaller players and municipalities rather than the two key telcos, which are concentrating on a hybrid fibre/copper network. The activities of market players such as Google, Cincinnati Bell and others have encouraged smaller carriers to continue to deploy fibre deeper into their networks. Broadband services in most regions still lack effective competition, with the AT&T and Verizon managing an effective duopoly in many areas of the country. Municipal ac
Global Digital Economy - The Crucial Role of E-Health, E-Government and E-Education
Our future rests on E-health and E-education With the rise of digital platforms, the world is rapidly changing. In newspaper and book publishing, TV and radio, film, music, and other forms of media, we see that the walls that protected organisations within traditional models are crumbling. Yet, despite the obvious need to move with the times, many professionals and organisations are still grappling with the digital economy and questioning the impact it will have on them – or, even worse, are ignorant about it. In many cases, their own consumers are well ahead of them. The public sector is also seriously affected; it should learn from the problems in other areas, especially book and newspaper publishing. Healthcare and education are classic examples here. Throughout the world, a
Chile - Telecoms, IP Networks, Digital Media and Forecasts
Mobile broadband growth reducing consumer need for fixed-line telecoms Chile’s telecom sector is one of the most open and mature in Latin America, with full competition allowed in all areas, excellent infrastructure and a progressive regulatory system which encourages competition. The country’s market-oriented economy has made it a popular target with both national and international investors. A Digital Agenda for 2013-2020 has set out a roadmap for the development of Chile’s ICT sector, including strategies and specific initiatives and goals to facilitate improved telecom access for all citizens. The country has also benefited from solid GDP growth during the last decade, with a decline recorded only in 2009 as the effects of the GFC were first felt. GDP per capita
Vietnam - Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband and Forecasts
Vietnam has for some years now been aggressively expanding its national infrastructure and growing its subscriber bases across all market segments. Progress in developing the mobile market has been especially impressive, although there was been a substantial moderation in growth over the last few year; in fact the year 2013 saw the mobile market experience a correction, as the mobile numbers were revised downwards. In the meantime, the internet market, and particularly the roll-out of broadband internet, was still in a relatively early stage of development, there has been a significant rise in the country’s online access over the last decade. Most importantly, there has been a major push into mobile broadband. It needs to be said that the broad market growth in Vietnam is ha
Australia - Cloud Computing, Data Centres and M2M
Technologies that are shaping the Digital Economy Cloud Computing and Big Data Already more than a decade ago BuddeComm started talking about the great potential of Application Service Providers (ASPs) but, together with the data centres, they were dunked in the dotcom crisis. Even then we indicated that the concept was sound and that it had great potential. Now over a decade later they are back, but this time under the name of cloud computing. This term describes the shift towards providing virtual data processing, communications and software services to a customer’s location from a variety of different places. The development of cloud computing takes the form of a business transition and company strategies and policies will need to be changed before its potential can be
Global Digital Economy - The Rapidly Evolving E-Commerce and M-Commerce Markets
Over-The-Top services model is a key development for e-commerce sector Over-The-Top (OTT) is the services model for the future for communications and media services, as well as a whole range of emerging ones, such as e-commerce, m-commerce, e-health, e-education, smart grids and the digital economy in general. While the rise of OTT services has created serious concerns for the traditional telecoms operators - it has also created an environment for innovation and alternative services to grow. Mobile commerce is one of the hottest sectors right now and the industry is finally coming into its own due to the rise of OTT services and app stores offering more digital channels for e-retailers to reach audiences. The growth of smart phones has also assisted the growth of m-commerce along wit