Over the first half of 2013, about $2.5 billion worth of mobile broadband modems and routers for computing and consumer electronics connectivity have shipped. For the full year, 92.1 million of these 3G and 4G modems and routers are forecast to be shipped worldwide to mobile network operators, retailers, and device manufacturers, a figure that represents flat growth since last year. The mix of modem form-factors is changing due to declining USB volumes, offset by increased mobile hotspot routers and embedded modem modules. Modem modules continue to garner most use from tablet purchases, especially through the inclusion in select iPad models, though the latest generations of Apple’s slate devices have shifted to a modem built-on the system board instead of a separate module added during manufacturing.
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A new research paper forecasts that the shipments of connected in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) systems equipped with one or more smartphone integration technologies will grow substantially during the next five years to reach 35.1 million units globally by 2018. Of these, 43.6% will be equipped with MirrorLink, 49.8% with Apple’s “iOS in the Car,” and 28.2% with other technologies by the end of 2018. Developments in the smartphone world are revolutionizing consumers’ in-car expectations. Besides Internet connectivity itself, the ability to select apps whenever they choose is probably one of the IVI features that consumers value the most. The study observes that car OEMs face the difficult challenges of not only how best to integrate smartphones into their vehicles, but also how to ensure that the integration strategy remains viable.
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A recent consumer research project found that of the 28% of consumers likely to purchase an Internet set-top box (iSTB) in the next six months, 56% indicate their motivation is due in some degree to their desire to use streaming video services as a replacement for their traditional pay-TV services. This is significantly greater than similar data regarding the 32% of consumers that qualify as Game Console Intenders (those to varying degrees likely to purchase a game console in the next six months). Among this segment, 23% slightly agree and 9% completely agree that the replacement fact is weighing on their decision.
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A recently published white paper reports of the growth of Netflix, from inception through Q2 2013, and discusses the critical industry and consumer dynamics that will shape its future, as well as how the company, and other OTT TV and movie services, can best respond to this rapidly changing market space. The report reviews key milestones during Netflix’s six-year history, including the Qwikster debacle in 2011 that generated deep concern among investors and customers alike. The paper also notes that Netflix will face increasing competition in the U.S. from online enterprises, including Amazon, Google, and Hulu, as well as the TV Everywhere efforts of television networks and multichannel operators. Consequently, the space is set for intense competition over the next five to ten years.
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The number of commercial aircraft providing either WiFi or cellular connectivity will top 4,000 by the end of 2013, a number that represents 21% of the global fleet, according to recently published research. The penetration of wireless is up from 15% in 2012 and 12% in 2011. By 2022, wireless connectivity will be featured in fully half of all commercial aircraft. Of the aircraft which offer at least one of the two forms of connectivity in 2013, approximately 75% offer WiFi-only. WiFi connectivity is particularly widespread among North American airlines, as the FAA has moved to loosen its rules concerning the use of electronics devices on flights.
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