American Broadband Subscriptions Continue to Rise

As of the end of 2012, the latest time period for which the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has data, 69.7% of fixed Internet connections met the broadband speed threshold of 3 Mbit/s downstream and 768 kbit/s upstream. That’s a measurable increase over the 64% statistic cited only six months prior. Total fixed Internet subscriptions also rose from 90 million to 92.6 million in the second half of the year.

The mobile broadband trends are even more dramatic. Only 37.8% of mobile connections met the speed requirements for broadband classification, according to the FCC’s report, but that number marks a significant improvement over the 28% figure reported six months earlier. Total mobile Internet connections also jumped from 153 million in the middle of 2012 to 169.2 million at the end of that year.

While the FCC’s broadband access report paints a rosy picture, there are some mitigating factors to consider. Most notably, the jump in mobile connections coincides with an apparent growth trend in the percentage of American households that rely on wireless service as their sole source of Internet access.

For more, see http://www.lightreading.com/services-apps/broadband-services/fcc-data-fixed-broadband-still-growing/d/d-id/707120?

Wi-Fi Roaming Outlook: Still Hazy

The vision for Wi-Fi 2.0, or next-generation hotspots (NGH), as outlined by the Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA), is for Wi-Fi roaming to become truly interoperable, whereby end users can seamlessly roam between Wi-Fi networks and providers. To facilitate this, there needs to be standardization across all elements involved–from mobile device to access point to service provider. In order for Wi-Fi roaming to become a truly disruptive innovation, there needs to be very little fragmentation in deployments. Wi-Fi service providers, mobile service providers, and hardware manufacturers must all work to the same guidelines and standards.

However, the reality is that ubiquity is still a long way off. Multiple providers, multiple standards, and a mix of legacy and NGH infrastructure remain in play. Support for the 802.1x/EAP standard is growing but limited, given that infrastructure rip-and-replace projects are costly and happen slowly. Market success for seamless Wi-Fi roaming requires a solution that spans multiple generations of Wi-Fi networks and can leverage the world’s current supply.

For more, see http://www.lightreading.com/mobile/carrier-wifi/wifi-roaming-the-technical-considerations/a/d-id/707630?f_src=lightreading_lightreading_daily_newsandviews&cid=NL_LRDaily_20140207

 

TV Everywhere Takes Flight

Newly uncovered data suggests that TV Everywhere is officially “hot.” The number of authenticated TV Everywhere streams doubled in 2013 to 574.2 million, up from 222.5 million in 2012, according to a just-released report. Additionally, nearly three-quarters of TV Everywhere streams are viewed on mobile devices. That number is not surprising: the purpose of TV Everywhere is to extend a video subscription across screens. Tablets seem to be the mobile device of choice, however, with the most views at 42%. Tablet’s share of TV Everywhere viewing has more than doubled year-over-year.

Viewers rely on the TV Everywhere service primarily for sports. The report stated that 37% of TV Everywhere streams are sports and 28% are TV shows. Apple users also take advantage of the service more than PC users: nearly 50% of TV Everywhere views comes from iPads, iPhones, and iPods. Specifically, iPad and iPod users watch more than 10 videos per visitor each month, twice that of PC users.

For more, see http://www.mediapost.com/publications/article/219055/study-tv-everywhere-doubles-tablets-drive-usage.html

Television Market Recedes as Saturation Sets In

The U.S. television market fell a steep 9% in 2013, despite the usual last-minute rally in the fourth quarter, according to a new report. The annual holiday bump failed to compensate for low demand among Americans throughout the rest of the year. TV shipments in 2013 declined to 34.0 million units, down sharply from 37.5 million in 2012. The domestic television market consisted entirely of liquid-crystal display (LCD) and plasma display panel (PDP) sets, with old analog tube-type TVs having long been relegated to the dustbin of history, and rear-projection TVs last being sold in 2012.

Both the LCD and PDP segments lost volume in 2013 from a year earlier. LCD TV shipments slid to 31.9 million units, down 6%; while PDP TV shipments plunged 42% to 2.1 million. The report went on to note that the TV market in the United States has reached a point of saturation following a period of huge growth in years past, especially as the flat-panel-TV craze set in. As a result of the market’s maturity, and also because of lingering uncertainties in the economy, American consumers have been less eager to rush out and buy new replacement TV sets.

For more, see http://www.broadbandtvnews.com/2014/02/07/us-television-market-shrank-9-in-2013/

Mobile Modem/Router Markets Face Period of Transition

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.

For additional content, see https://www.abiresearch.com/press/mobile-broadband-modems-and-routers-market-decline

In-Vehicle Infotainment Shipments to Exceed 35 Million by 2018

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.

For further coverage, visit https://www.abiresearch.com/press/half-of-all-in-vehicle-infotainment-systems-equipp

Nearly 60% of Internet Set-Top Box Buyers Looking to Replace Pay-TV

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.

For additional content, visit http://tdgresearch.com/tdg-six-in-ten-istb-intenders-inclined-to-buy-device-to-replace-traditional-pay-tv-service/

The History of Netflix

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.

For more coverage, see http://tdgresearch.com/tdg-new-dbrief-examines-netflix-growth-future-challenges/

In-Flight Wireless Installations Take Off

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.

For more information, go to http://www.isuppli.com/Mobile-and-Wireless-Communications/News/Pages/In-Flight-Wireless-Installations-Take-Off-;-Change-in-FAA-Rules-Gives-Airlines-Opportunity-to-Promote-Services.aspx

TV Market Continues Year-to-Year Decline

Following a dismal third quarter, the outlook for global TV shipments appears even dimmer in 2013, with shipments now forecast to fall by 5%, marking the second consecutive year of decline. Global shipments of televisions are set to slide to 226.7 million units in 2013, down from 238.2 million in the previous year, according to a newly available report. Every type of television will suffer a decline, including liquid-crystal display (LCD), plasma TV, cathode-ray tube (CRT), and rear projection. This follows a 7% decline in 2012, when shipments fell from 255.2 million in 2011. The report goes on to note that a wide range of factors are conspiring to undermine television shipments in 2013, from economic weakness and market saturation of flat-panel TVs in mature regions, to plunging CRT sales in developing countries.

For more content, go to http://www.isuppli.com/Display-Materials-and-Systems/News/Pages/TV-Market-Declines-Again-in-2013-as-Sales-in-both-Developed-and-Emerging-Regions-Decrease.aspx

Smartphone and Tablet Revenues to Exceed CE Market

In a dramatic sign of how consumer tastes have shifted to new wireless products, global factory revenue for smartphones and tablets this year will rise to become larger than revenue for the entire consumer electronics (CE) market—the first time this has ever occurred. Worldwide original equipment manufacturer (OEM) factory revenue for media and PC tablets and for 3G/4G cellphones—a category dominated by smartphones—will amount to $354.3 billion in 2013, according to a new forecast model. This will be 3% higher than OEM factory revenue for the CE market, a broad category that includes hundreds of product types, including televisions, audio equipment, cameras and camcorders, video game consoles, and home appliances. The CE market has historically dwarfed the tablet and smartphone segment, with CE 30% larger just last year.

For further coverage, visit http://www.isuppli.com/Semiconductor-Value-Chain/News/Pages/Combined-Smartphone-and-Tablet-Factory-Revenue-to-Exceed-Entire-Consumer-Electronics-Market-This-Year.aspx

Industrial Routers May Be on Their Last Legs

Standalone industrial routers may not disappear, but their revenue market share is set to decline over the next five years, according to a recently released report. Standalone routers in the past have been used to interface networks over longer distances, often via the Internet, providing the ability to link systems globally. However, Layer 3 managed switches, which can perform the same routing functions, have grabbed a foothold in the  market. To date, managed switches are used more often in industrial networking, but most have only Layer 2 functionality and cannot be used for routing. Managed switches are still important in this segment, but forecasts see a far higher growth rate for Layer 3 managed switches compared to that of standalone routers.

For additional information, see http://www.imsresearch.com/press-release/is_this_the_end_for_standalone_industrial_routers&from=all_pr

OTT Subscription-Based VOD Presents Another Challenge to Pay-TV

With access to OTT subscription-based video on-demand (SVOD) services more easily available due to the integration of smart TVs in many consumers’ homes, OTT SVOD services are gaining in popularity. Offering a cheaper media source with a competitive breadth of video content, subscriptions are increasing as these services become a major threat to TV providers. A new report examines consumer behaviors and attitudes towards on-demand TV, as well as those of early adopters of connected TV. While OTT SVOD services provide exclusive content, consumers have become drawn to on-demand video in a similar way to regularly broadcast TV: tuning in to watch specific TV shows and video. OTT SVOD may be on its way to becoming another service that compels consumers to “cut the cord.”

For additional information, see http://www.strategyanalytics.com/default.aspx?mod=pressreleaseviewer&a0=5435

Broadband Users Get More Speed for Their Money

The most recent fixed broadband price benchmarking results show that while ISPs are ramping up service speeds, a number of them are embedding this speed increase into existing service offerings, so that many users will benefit from a higher speed service with no or little change to price. This is good news for consumers, who are experiencing a period of static prices and can expect to pay on average between $29 and $67 per month for broadband and related services – namely basic phone and television bundles. The study also indicates that there is a limit to how much ISPs can compete on price, and the relatively slow shifts in average pricing suggests that they are close to that limit. What providers seem to be looking more to now is how they can add value to maintain a competitive advantage.

For more, go to http://www.strategyanalytics.com/default.aspx?mod=pressreleaseviewer&a0=5428

Indoor Location Technology Making Inroads

Apple, eBay, Google, and others are all making definite moves on indoor location in 2013, with a view towards a $4 billion plus market in 2018, claims a new quarterly market data report. The report indicates that the overall market of technology installations is forecast to break the 25,000 mark in 2014, while handsets capable of supporting indoor location will be in the hundreds of millions within two years. As a result, the major companies will start to make their moves. Apple’s new A7 co-processor, coupled with the acquisition of WifiSLAM, highlights indoor as a priority. Both Apple and eBay have announced support for dedicated BLE beacons, a technology that is set for a huge 2014 as major IC and device OEMs make it widely available.

For additional content, visit https://www.abiresearch.com/press/apple-just-one-of-many-big-guns-entering-4-billion

Game Consoles and Tablets Aim for Big Holiday Sales

New research has found that tablets and game consoles are virtually tied among U.S. consumers for planned purchases during the upcoming the 2013 holiday season. The study goes on to report that purchase interest in game consoles rebounded after tablets surged ahead in the 2012 holiday season. Comparable percentages of U.S. broadband households purchased tablets and game consoles in 2011, and if current intentions reflect 2013 purchases, game consoles will soon be back even with tablets. The report also noted that tablets are poised to be a big seller this Black Friday and holiday season, with Apple, Microsoft, and Nokia announcing new models, but the launch of new game consoles from Microsoft and Sony may steal their momentum.

For more, go to http://www.parksassociates.com/blog/article/pr-nov2013-tablets-vs-consoles

Multiscreen Video Becoming Focus of Home Networking Industry

According to a newly available report, broadband CPE and home networking devices continue to grow as fixed broadband subscribers increase around the globe. The types of services being delivered over data networks are growing as well, with the most important being multiscreen video. Operators in North America and Western Europe are deploying higher-end gateways and set-top boxes with integrated wireless and wired technologies to distribute video to multiple devices in the home, driving a secondary market of MoCA set tops and HomePlug adapters for connecting TVs, Blu-ray players, game consoles, and a growing list of peripherals to home networks.

For additional content, go to http://www.infonetics.com/pr/2013/1H13-Home-Networking-Devices-Market-Highlights.asp

IPTV and Cable TV Subscriptions Moving in Opposite Directions

Cable TV and IPTV subscriptions in North America and EMEA continue to move in opposite directions, indicated a recently published study. While telcos saw healthy quarter-over-quarter gains in IPTV subscribers in both regions in the first quarter of 2013, cable video subscribers fell off yet again. The report also observed that from Q4 2012 to Q1 2013, IPTV subscribers grew over 6% worldwide, while cable video subs declined around 1%.

Meanwhile, in Q1 2013, the top 5 cable TV providers—Comcast, Guangdong Cable TV, Jiangsu Cable TV, Shandong Cable TV and Zhejiang Cable TV, in alphabetical order—netted 93 million subscribers combined.

For more coverage, visit http://www.infonetics.com/pr/2013/2Q13-Pay-TV-Subscriber-Database-Highlights.asp

Smart Home Appliances on Target for Substantial Growth

The smart home appliance market, defined by products with built-in connectivity, will witness substantial growth over the next five years, reaching nearly $25 billion by 2018, according to a newly released study. Currently limited to the top-end luxury models, wireless connectivity will slowly permeate to lower tier brands and models. Smart home appliance features are at present limited to remote access through mobile devices. The true value of these smart grid-ready devices, such as use in demand-response energy management programs, is several years away and initially will be primarily U.S.-based.

For further coverage, go to https://www.abiresearch.com/press/wi-fi-to-play-dominant-role-in-the-25-billion-smar

Outlook for the Smart Home in Western Europe

This whitepaper examines new smart home initiatives in security, energy, controls, and telecom channels and analyzes the solutions and strategies necessary for success in this growing market.

For additional content, see http://www.parksassociates.com/whitepapers/smarthome-europe

Subscriber and Revenue Data for Largest Telecom Service Providers Unveiled

An industry research firm recently released demographics, capex, opex, revenue and subscriber data for more than 450 global telecom service providers. The data revealed that of the top ten service providers by 2012 revenue, China Mobile had the highest capital intensity (capex-to-revenue ratio), at 23%, followed by NTT and AT&T. It also found that the biggest service provider by mobile subscribers in 2Q13 was China Mobile, with 740 million subscribers; China Unicom and America Movil rounded out the top three. Comcast emerged as the leading cable broadband provider in terms of subscribers, while the operators with the most VoIP subscribers were NTT, Comcast, and Orange.

For more, visit http://www.infonetics.com/pr/2013/2Q13-Service-Provider-Database-Highlights.asp

Consumers Increasingly Taking up Photo and Video Sharing

A new study found that 54% of Internet users have posted original photos or videos to websites, while 47% share photos or videos they found elsewhere online. The mobile landscape has also added to photo- and video-sharing. Apps like Snapchat and Instagram have capitalized on the ubiquity of cell phones and smartphones that make it simple to upload and share images. Some 9% of cell phone owners use Snapchat and 18% use Instagram. The study went on to note that sharing photos and videos online adds texture, play, and drama to people’s interactions in their social networks. Mobile connectivity has brought these visuals into countless lives in real-time, and adds up to a new kind of collective digital scrapbook with fresh forms of storytelling and social bonding.

For further coverage, see http://www.pewinternet.org/Reports/2013/Photos-and-videos.aspx

Hispanic Sports Fans See Growing Influence

With the rise in influence of the Hispanic consumer, the Hispanic sports fan in the U.S. is quickly becoming a driving force in terms of viewership. Consequently, they also have become a coveted demographic for advertisers to reach, a newly released report observes. With growing consumer clout, Hispanic audiences represent a huge opportunity for the sports industry in the U.S.: 94% of Hispanics males say they’re sports fans, and 56% of Hispanic males consider themselves avid fans. Additionally, Hispanic consumers take a more favorable eye toward sponsorships, with 43%  feeling loyalty toward sports sponsorships, and 41% inclined to buy products offered by sponsors.

For further coverage, go to http://www.nielsen.com/us/en/newswire/2013/huddle-up-u-s-hispanics-could-be-a-boon-for-nets-leagues-and.html

Latina Consumers Utilize Online Tools

As consumers, U.S. Latinas are using digital platforms to steer their decision-making–both online and off–according to a recent report. Eight out of 10 Latinas are using online information to make decisions about buying products on the Web, three-fourths are using it to make day-to-day decisions or as a lifestyle guide through big events, and two-thirds are using it to guide their in-store retail purchases. While online, Latinas like to search, as the majority search several times per month, researching subjects for an array of topics ranging from recipes to beauty tips to education. The search topics that Latinas consider most important include family health (62%), personal health and wellness (54%), and parenting/family advice (48%).

For more content, see http://www.nielsen.com/us/en/newswire/2013/guiding-light-latinas-turn-to-digital-for-purchase-decisions.html

More Shoppers Depend on Smartphones for Decision-Making

The results of a recent study found that over 25% of CE buyers in U.S. broadband households use mobile commerce apps on their smartphone to help with an in-store purchase decision, including functions such as product research, barcode scanning, and interaction with a retailer or brand app. The study also indicates that 43% of U.S. smartphone users purchased an item via their device in the last month. However, consumers, especially shoppers at Walmart, Target, and Best Buy, are starting to use their smartphones while shopping in stores. Walmart, in particular, encourages in-store shoppers to use its app, but Target shoppers are more likely to use mobile commerce apps when shopping at any store for a CE product.

For more information, visit http://www.parksassociates.com/blog/article/pr-oct2013-mobileapps

Chromecast Users Tip of Cord-Cutting Iceberg

New consumer research finds that 34% of Google Chromecast owners stream video content from Hulu to their TV set every day. It also found 43% of Chromecast owners stream Netflix to their TV set on a daily basis, a feature heavily promoted during the device’s introduction. The findings underscore the desire by consumers to watch content on their preferred screen and the challenges of licensing content in the digital world. Google Chromecast is making it easier for consumers to circumvent screen restrictions, the report notes. For example, the content from the premium Hulu Plus service is available for viewing on a TV set, but content from the free Hulu service has been technologically constrained to computers. But among those watching Hulu monthly on a TV via a Chromecast device, roughly 50% are using only the free services from Hulu.

For additional coverage, go to http://www.parksassociates.com/blog/article/pr-oct2013-ae-chromecast

M2M Connections Ripe for Profit Taking

A new report, which provides market size, analysis, and forecasts for machine-to-machine (M2M) connections and services by technology, vertical, and geographic region, was made available recently. According to the report, M2M is one of the fastest-growing major new segments for service providers, and global revenue from M2M services is expected to more than double between 2012 and 2017, from just under $15 billion to $31 billion. The report also observes that while cellular networks represent the most meaningful revenue opportunity for operators, by far the most popular way to connect to M2M services is via PAN (personal area network) wireless technologies, which do not generate connection revenue.

For further coverage, see http://www.infonetics.com/pr/2013/M2M-Connections-and-Services-by-Vertical-Market-Highlights.asp

Tablet Ownership Sees Strong Year-to-Year Growth

The number of Americans ages 16 and older who own tablet computers has grown to 35%, and the share who have e-reading devices like Kindles and Nooks has grown to 24%, according to the results of a newly releases survey. Overall, the number of people who have a tablet or an e-book reader among those 16 and older now stands at 43%. The survey also noted that more than half of those in households earning $75,000 or more now have tablets, up from 25% last year. Meanwhile, 38% of those in upper-income households now have e-readers, compared to 19% in 2012.

For additional information, visit http://www.pewinternet.org/Reports/2013/Tablets-and-ereaders.aspx

More Adults Posting Videos Online

A new survey has found that over the past four years, the percent of American adult Internet users who upload or post videos online has risen from 14% in 2009 to 31% today. That figure includes 18% of adult Internet users who post videos they have created or recorded themselves, many of whom hope their creations go viral. The survey, which contacted over 1000 adults by telephone, also indicates that the share of online adults who watch or download videos has also grown from 69% of Internet users in 2009 to 78% today, with mobile phones becoming a key part of the video viewing and creating experience.

For more, see http://www.pewinternet.org/Reports/2013/Online-Video.aspx

Digital Video Audience Grows as Choices Expand

The amount of time TV viewers in the U.S. spend watching digital video is rising fast, especially as their choices broaden. An new survey of TV viewers—defined as those who watch TV during primetime at least twice per week—found that in May 2013, more than half of 18- to 34-year-olds watched digital video or streamed digital content at least once a week. A solid 40% did so at least once a day. Among respondents between 35 and 49 years old, 21% watched daily, while another 21% did so at least once a week. Live TV remained the most common type of content watched during primetime, with 67% doing so. But of the other viewing options available, streaming content and online video won out over DVR content and video-on-demand (VOD). Nearly half of viewers watched streaming or online video between 8 p.m. and 12 a.m., while 36% watched DVR content, and 28% who watched VOD.

For more coverage, see http://www.emarketer.com/Article/Video-Streaming-Beats-DVR-VOD-Viewing/1010193

The Hows and Whys of Non-Internet Using Americans

According to a recent report, as of May 2013, 15% of American adults ages 18 and older do not use the Internet or email. Among this group, 34% think the Internet is just not relevant to them, saying they aren’t interested, don’t want to use it, or have no need for it. Another 32% cite reasons tied to their sense that the Internet is not very easy to use. These non-users say it is difficult or frustrating to go online, they are physically unable, or they are worried about other issues such as spam, spyware, and hackers. This figure is considerably higher than in earlier surveys. Meanwhile, 19% of non-Internet users cite the expense of owning a computer or paying for an Internet connection. Even among the 85% of adults who do go online, experiences connecting to the Internet may vary widely. For instance, even though 76% of adults use the Internet at home, 9% of adults use the Internet but lack home access. These users cite many reasons for not having Web access at home, most often relating to issues of affordability—some 44% mention financial issues such as not having a computer, or having a cheaper option outside the home.

For more, go to http://www.pewinternet.org/Reports/2013/Non-internet-users.aspx

Home Automation Competition to Heat Up

According to a new study, over 70% of the operators surveyed will offer home automation services by the end of 2013. This falls in line with the trends seen in the home automation market, as the concept of a provider offering services to end customers over another operator’s broadband connection continues to take hold. The study also indicates that by 2015, the percentage of operators offering OTT home automation services will more than double, as broadband providers increasingly compete with established home security companies for customers.

For additional content, see http://www.infonetics.com/pr/2013/Home-Automation-Survey-Highlights.asp

Fixed LTE Drives CPE Market

A new report, which tracks DSL, cable, and fiber to the home (FTTH) customer premises equipment (CPE), fixed LTE gateways, residential gateways, and broadband subscribers, was published recently. It notes that the overall broadband CPE market is strong, as operators continue to transition to higher-speed, wider-band technologies to support steadily growing numbers of subscribers with ever-growing appetites for bandwidth. There were a surprising number of fixed LTE gateways shipped in the Middle East, Africa, the Philippines, and other areas of Southeast Asia in the second quarter. This reflects the growing use of fixed LTE by operators in some markets to complement their existing fixed broadband services and extend their broadband footprint in rural markets and where physical infrastructure isn’t available.

For additional information, go to http://www.infonetics.com/pr/2013/2Q13-Broadband-CPE-Market-Highlights.asp

Mobile Devices Becoming Entertainment Centers for Kids

Nearly two-thirds of adults in the U.S. have distracted or entertained a child five years old or younger with a mobile device, according to a newly available survey. While the developmental implications of mobile devices are still somewhat unclear—with many worrying about the distracting effects of smartphones and tablets, and others touting the educational opportunities on these devices—there is no question that mobile has become the norm for many kids. Parents were the most likely candidates to be handing off a mobile device to their children, with 61% having used a smartphone and tablet to keep their child engaged. Another 17% had done the same with an e-reader. Still, there are holdouts, as one out of five parents said they had never used a mobile device to keep any of their kids younger than 18 years old entertained.

For additional information, go to http://www.emarketer.com/Article/Mobile-Devices-Give-Parents-Their-Kids-Latest-Entertainment-Tool/1010253

Young Males Proud of Their Digital Proficiency

Millennial males in the U.S. have earned a reputation as laggards. But that’s not how today’s young men regard themselves, according to a report. Currently earning more on average than their female counterparts, Millennial males are generally happier with their careers than women their age. And amid much talk about struggles with the breakdown of traditional gender roles, plenty of millennial men seem happy to encroach on once-female precincts like cooking and fashion. Moreover, digital knowhow is important to young men. Gluttons for entertainment, young men consume much of it in digital form. And they also deploy digital technologies as shoppers, capitalizing on the convenience they offer. Indeed, digital proficiency is a trait by which many define themselves.

For more content, visit http://www.emarketer.com/Article/Millennial-Men-Keep-Their-Digital-Lives-Humming/1010237

Online Advertising Seeking Precision

There’s no doubt that online advertising has seen tremendous growth in recent years, but advertisers and publishers alike are still unsure if their campaigns are successfully reaching their desired audiences. A new benchmark study provides much-needed context into online advertising performance and found that some consumers are easier to reach than others. In a perfect world, ads would reach their intended audience all of the time; however, even in our imperfect world, benchmark on-target percentages demonstrate that precision marketing is working. For example, the vast majority (76%) of online campaigns geared toward consumers ages 18-49 reached that audience. These consumers make up just half (51%) of the online audience, demonstrating that online campaigns are generally successful at marketing to specific audiences.

For additional content, go to http://www.nielsen.com/us/en/newswire/2013/reaching-consumers-online-the-new-normal-for-digital-ads.html

Hispanics Remain Early Adopters of New Tech

As avid moviegoers, Hispanics are keen to stay on top of their favorite flicks and shows when they’re at home as well as when they’re on the go. They’re also very adaptive in using new technologies and platforms, which puts them ahead of the curve when it comes to trying things like movies in the cloud and downloading movies. Hispanics as a whole buy more Blu-ray movies than the general population, and most metropolitan areas with a high concentration of Hispanics (New York, Miami, Los Angeles) show a higher rate of Blu-ray sales. The same goes for mobile, as well: Hispanic women are twice as likely to watch video content on their mobile devices as non-Hispanic women.

For more coverage, visit http://www.nielsen.com/us/en/newswire/2013/Nielsen-tv-home-entertainment-behavior-among-hispanics.html

Broadband Pumped Out to Over Three-Quarters of U.S. Households

New consumer research found that about 78% of U.S. households get a broadband Internet service at home. Broadband now accounts for 94% of all households with Internet service at home, an increase from 92% last year, 75% in 2008, and 33% in 2004. Overall, 83% of households get an Internet service at home, and 55% of adults access the Internet on a smartphone. While the percentage of households getting Internet service at home is similar to last year, those accessing the Internet on a smartphone increased from 44% last year. The report noted that 9% of all households get broadband, but do not subscribe to a multi-channel video service, compared to 8% the past two years. Also, 64% of broadband subscribers also access the Internet on a smartphone, compared to 52% last year.

For more, see http://www.leichtmanresearch.com/press/092613release.html

Video Surveillance Industry Mimicking Mobile Industry

Much like the mobile phone industry, the video surveillance industry is turning towards a recurring monthly revenue model that includes the cost of hardware into a monthly service fee, according to a new report. The world market for video surveillance as a service (VSaaS) is expected to see average annual growth of 17% from 2012 to 2017, reaching nearly $1.3 billion by 2017. Growth in specific segments of the market, such as the residential and small-medium business (SMB) sectors, is expected to drive a change in the typical buying model. The report also observes that end users in the residential and SMB segments, while interested in a video surveillance system, often are not in a position to make the significant capital outlay required to purchase hardware upfront, preferring to spread the cost of goods and services over time.

For more, visit http://www.imsresearch.com/press-release/video_surveillance_to_take_inspiration_from_mobile_phone_industry&from=all_pr

Home Broadband Speeds Impact Household Income

The results of a joint study on the economic effects of broadband access speed on households was released recently. This household-level (microeconomic) study reveals thresholds for the minimum speed upgrade needed to provide a statistically significant impact on household income. These thresholds are different for OECD (Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development) and BIC (Brazil, India and China) countries. Absolute levels of return were found to be higher for OECD economies, which supports the idea that gains from broadband increase if more advanced services are available via the broadband access.The study also found that the average increase in household income for a broadband speed upgrade from 4 to 8 Mbps is $120 per month in OECD countries.

For further coverage, go to http://www.ericsson.com/news/1729555

External Display Capability Growing in Mobile Devices

Developments in display interface technologies will make personal mobile devices the hub for all your computing experiences at home, in the office, and on-the-go over the next 5 years. New market research finds that hundreds of millions of PCs, displays, and projectors offer external display connectivity today, and forecasts that 2.1 billion smartphones and tablets will ship with this functionality through 2018. For decades, PCs have included a VGA port to extend displays outside the box, such as monitors and projectors. Now, market demand is increasing for this functionality from the smartphone and tablet. Applications range from mirroring the mobile display for presentations and mobile gaming, to second screen uses for more immersive content experiences, and remote control/navigation applications for VCR-style content control.

For additional information, see https://www.abiresearch.com/press/more-than-half-of-mobile-devices-able-to-connect-t

Standards-Based Wireless Tech Gaining in Healthcare Market

Proprietary wireless protocols are quickly losing their dominance in the healthcare market to more standards-based wireless technologies such as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and IEEE 802.15.4, according to a new report. Over the next 5 years, Bluetooth Smart (formerly Bluetooth Low Energy) will lead in shipments and Wi-Fi will lead in revenues in the healthcare device IC market expected to exceed $100 million by 2018.The article goes on to indicate that smartphones and tablets are the primary reason for Bluetooth Smart adoption in MBAN devices. Given their growing penetration among consumers and Bluetooth Smart Ready enablement, they are the conduit for MBAN wireless sensor data back to cloud-based healthcare services.

For more content, visit https://www.abiresearch.com/press/bluetooth-smart-and-wi-fi-to-beat-out-proprietary-

Pay TV Going OTT

Pay TV operators will dominate the rapidly evolving market for online subscription TV, heralding the end of the first phase of online viewing which saw the rise of on-demand specialists such as Netflix and ad-supported platforms such as YouTube, reports new research. While online ad supported and subscription VOD spending have started to scale in leading markets such as the U.S. and some European countries, online subscription TV is only just beginning to make an impact: the report anticipates global spending to accelerate to $4.7b in 2018, with the lion’s share concentrated in North America and Western Europe. Pay TV service providers are recognizing the defensive imperative in ensuring they have a major say in the development of online TV.

For additional content, visit http://www.strategyanalytics.com/default.aspx?mod=pressreleaseviewer&a0=5413

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Netflix to Dominate OTT Use Through 2020

Online TV and movie service Netflix will continue its strong track record of success with domestic streaming forecast to reach 13 billion hours during 2013 and top 26 billion hours in 2018. So claims a new report, which also indicates that market forces will cause domestic Netflix subscriptions and total viewing to level out around 2020, while international growth will continue. Netflix is well out front in Over-the-Top (OTT) TV with excellent strategy and execution, but 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.

For more information, see http://tdgresearch.com/netflix-streaming-use-in-us-will-double-from-2013-2018/

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OTT and the Rise of Smart TVs

According to a newly available report, there will be 175 million online video users in the U.S. in 2013, rising to 191 million by 2017, at which time there will be nearly 70 million smart-TV households. The report also finds that 25% of smart-TV app users recall seeing an in-app ad and 84% responded to that ad, the highest response rates to app advertising among current connected CE platforms. The study goes on to observe that the TV is still the most-popular and most-used platform for video viewing—over 40% of TV owners watch more than 10 hours of video per week on the device. The rise of OTT video viewing on smart TVs presents a new channel for content owners to sustain and grow their viewing audience, particularly in a marketplace that continually propagates fragmentation. The ability to leverage the mass reach of the first screen and its interactive components drives the scale and performance of a video asset.

For more content, see http://www.parksassociates.com/blog/article/pr-sept2013-smattvs

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Opportunities for Growth in Home Security Market

New smart home consumer research finds that nearly 10% of U.S. homeowners with broadband at home (approximately 5 million households) considered purchasing a home security system over the past year, but ultimately did not acquire one. Moreover, roughly one-half are still open to adoption. Just 2% of U.S. broadband households actually acquired a security system over the same time period. The research also discovered that two-thirds of households without a security system have expressed interest in “smart home” systems that provide a mixture of safety, security, and home control features.  This level of interest bodes well for service providers like AT&T Digital Life and Comcast that offer smart home service packages.

For further coverage, visit http://www.parksassociates.com/blog/article/chss-sept2013-expanding

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Older Consumers Ripe for Smartphone Growth

Between June and August of this year, 15% of smartphone owners said they acquired their handset within the last three months, bringing smartphone penetration to 64% of mobile phone owners in the U.S. And among recent acquirers, 80% percent chose smartphones as their mobile handset. With numbers like these, are there still opportunities for growth in this segment? Young adults aged 25-34 have the highest smartphone penetration at 81%, and teens aged 13-17 are catching up, as nearly 70% of this group now uses smartphones. On the other hand, 50% of mobile subscribers using feature phones in the U.S. were those aged 55+, highlighting significant room for smartphone growth among this group of mobile users.

For further information, go to http://www.nielsen.com/us/en/newswire/2013/smartphone-switch–three-fourths-of-recent-acquirers-chose-smart.html

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VOD Now Competing With DVRs

With DVRs installed in half of U.S. homes and changing the way video is viewed, it may come as some surprise that the aforementioned device is not the only way consumers can watch content on their own terms. Those without DVRs are also able to enjoy the experience of watching what they want when they want, thanks to expanding video-on-demand (VOD) accessibility. According to a new report, set-top box VOD is found in about 60% of U.S. households, up from 37% in 2008. While the technology has been available for over a decade, it wasn’t always utilized. Consumers initially found the interface difficult to use, and program distributors were wary of delivering content outside of their window of monetization if the audience could not be reported. These conditions, however, have changed in the past year.

For further coverage, see http://www.nielsen.com/us/en/newswire/2013/no-hardware–no-problem–vod-lets-users-time-shift-with-ease.html

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Cord-Cutting Becoming More Common Among Netflix Users

Nearly three-quarters of domestic Netflix subscribers kept their cable, satellite, or telecom pay TV subscriptions, according to a recently available study. But 20% reported having gotten rid of their pay TV subscription, raising questions about whether more Netflix subscribers could soon become cord-cutters. Cord-cutting is typically associated with younger subscribers, and the survey found this to hold somewhat true. However, there was also a notable propensity to cut the cord among Netflix subscribers between 30 to 44 years old, with 41% having cut pay TV. Overall, this age group was more likely to subscribe to Netflix than 18- to 29-year-old respondents.

For additional content, see http://www.emarketer.com/Article/Will-Netflix-Subscribers-Keep-Their-Pay-TV-Services/1010054

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Parents and Their Mobile-Device Toting Kids

It’s no secret that children show an affinity towards smartphones, often instinctually swiping their fingers across screens before they’ve even learned to speak. A new survey of U.S. parents conducted in April 2013 on the smartphone habits of their children found that for kids between ten and 13 years old, having a smartphone was more common than not. In addition, two-thirds of those between ages 14 and 17 had their own smartphone. Among parents of children with a smartphone, 37% kept their child’s smart mobile screen time—including on a tablet—limited to 1 to 2 hours per day. Another 21% of parents let their kids keep the phone in hand for between 3 and 4 hours per day. And 16% of parents did not stop their kids from staying on the smartphone or tablet even after 5 hours.

For more coverage, go to http://www.emarketer.com/Article/Hesitant-Parents-Cant-Keep-Kids-Away-Smartphones/1010075

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How to Market to Tablet Users

The vast majority of tablet users also own a host of other web-enabled devices. From laptops to game consoles to smart TVs, tablet owners frequently switch devices (mostly to smartphones), when compared to the average consumer, according to a new report. While their penchant for staying online makes tablet-owners highly accessible to marketers, they frequently shift attention from one device to another. The good news for marketers is these users’ transitions between devices mirrors the home-work-home transitions made in a typical day. Brands implementing a measurable “all-screen” marketing strategy will have the best chance to win this group’s “catch me if you can” game.

For more content, see http://www.emarketer.com/Article/Tablet-Users-Set-Bar-High-Keeping-Connected-Across-Devices/1010222

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The New York Times and Mobile Readers

In a recent interview, Paul Smurl, General Manager, Core Digital Products, at the New York Times, discussed the effect of tablets and smartphones on the newspaper. He mentioned that while desktop readership growth has slowed down, both tablet and smartphone usage has grown at “accelerated rates.” Smurl also noted that usage is heaviest in the morning, as consumers try to get their news before heading out to work. He also recognized the potential of “fun” second screen experiences, describing the single screen TV experience as “flat, noninteractive, and unsocial.”

For more, see http://www.emarketer.com/Article/How-Tablet-Has-Changed-Readers-Experience-of-New-York-Times/1010176

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Relationship Between TV and Twitter Evolving

Television is becoming more social every day. It’s been observed that viewers tweet during live TV, but there’s still much to learn about the relationship between TV viewing and social media usage. For example, are people tweeting while a show unfolds—during the actual minutes of a program—or are they reserving their tweets for the commercial breaks? Studying the results of a new survey, viewers appear to send the majority of their tweets during program time, rather than during commercial time. The study also found that the share of tweets sent during commercials was driven across genres by the share of commercial time within a program’s airtime. In sports, for example, commercials totaled 24% of airtime, and 25% of tweets were sent during these breaks.

For additional content, go to http://www.nielsen.com/us/en/newswire/2013/commercial-breaks-arent-tweet-breaks.html

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Binge Watching Goes Mainstream

New streaming devices and services make it easy for consumers to watch as much as they want, whenever they want. According to a newly published article, viewers are streaming video at a breakneck pace—demonstrating incredible binge appetites for programming available anytime and virtually anywhere on services such as Hulu, Netflix, and Amazon Prime. In fact, 45% of Netflix streaming subscribers say the types of shows they watch when they stream are original programming, such as House of Cards or Lilyhammer. Consumers’ weekly time spent watching video on the Internet or a mobile phone has increased to an hour on a quarter-over-quarter basis. Over the Top (OTT) video viewing has also become a popular option among viewers, and all services have seen year-over-year increases in users.

For more information, go to http://www.nielsen.com/us/en/newswire/2013/binging-is-the-new-viewing-for-over-the-top-streamers.html

 

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Location Information Deepens for Smartphone Owners

The role of location in digital life is changing as growing numbers of Internet users are adding a new layer of location information to their posts, and a majority of smartphone owners use their phones’ location-based services. The results of a new survey sheds light on three major aspects of how location figures in digital life:

  1. Many people use their smartphones to navigate: 74% of adult smartphone owners ages 18 and older say they use their phone to get directions or other information based on their current location.
  2. There is notable growth in the number of social media users who are now setting their accounts to include location in their posts.
  3. Some 12% of adult smartphone owners say they use a geosocial service to “check in” to certain locations or share their location with friends, down from 18% in early 2012. Among these geosocial service users, 39% say they check into places on Facebook, 18% say they use Foursquare, and 14% say they use Google Plus, among other services.

For additional content, see http://www.pewinternet.org/Reports/2013/Location.aspx

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Cellphones Becoming Main Conduit to Internet for Many

Nearly two-thirds of adult cellphone owners use their phones to go online, a figure that has doubled since 2009, indicates a newly available study. In addition, 34% of these cell internet users say that they mostly go online using their cellphone. That means that 21% of all adult cell owners now do most of their online browsing using their mobile phone—and not some other device, such as a desktop or laptop computer. The report goes on to note that a majority of the public now owns a smartphone, and mobile devices are playing an increasingly central role in the way that Americans access online services and information. For many, such as younger adults or lower-income Americans, cell phones are often a primary device for accessing online content—a development that has particular relevance to companies and organizations seeking to reach these groups.

For further coverage, see http://www.pewinternet.org/Reports/2013/Cell-Internet.aspx

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Tablets Beginning to Make Their Mark in Education

As any parent can tell you, kids love touchscreen devices. The results of a recently conducted survey found that during Q1 2013 more than three-quarters of tablet-owning parents let their kids under age 11 play with tablets in their homes. The majority of these parents said their children use tablets for educational purposes. What’s more, among those who don’t let their kids play with tablets, 20% said they would if there was more educational content on them. Outside the home, today’s students are more tech-savvy than ever. Many schools are even replacing textbooks with tablets that students can use to expand their education both in the classroom and back at home. Some of the more popular classroom, tablet activities among connected device owners over the age of 13 include searching the Web (51%), reading books (42%), taking notes (40%), and completing assignments (30%).

For additional content, see http://www.nielsen.com/us/en/newswire/2013/a-computer-in-every-classroom-and-a-tablet-in-every-backpack.html

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Three Multiple Mobile Identities Strategies for Operators

Demand for multiple mobile profiles presents sizeable opportunities for operators addressing the demand in three ways: dual-SIM handsets, traveler offers, and virtual numbers. A recently published report examines the multiple mobile identities opportunity and how operators are addressing it. Incentives for multiple mobile identities are different in developing and developed markets, and the report takes an in-depth look at the main approaches to address the market, while also presenting case studies of operators, including Airtel and Tigo Rwanda, as well as the pure plays Movirtu and OneSimCard. The multiple mobile identities market is characterized by many different pure plays, the report concludes, but no one has succeeded in standing out from the crowd, and operators have started offering services that address the problems that increasingly lead mobile phone users to adopt multiple mobile identities.

For more, go to http://www.pyramidresearch.com/pr_prlist/multiple-mobile-profiles-opportunities.htm

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IPTV Gains Subscribers in Q2 2013

Amid a plunge in subscribers for cable and satellite providers, Internet protocol television (IPTV) was the only segment of the U.S. pay-TV market to achieve growth in the second quarter, observes to a new report. U.S. IPTV providers—represented by AT&T Uverse, Verizon FiOS, and others—boasted a net addition of 398,000 during the April to June period, up from 304,000 in the second quarter of 2012. During the same period, the U.S. pay-TV as a whole lost 352,000 subscribers. The main culprit for the pay-TV market’s decline was the cable segment’s loss of 588,000 subscribers. While that was slightly better than the 598,000 customers that cable shed during the same time last year, the decrease still represented a major plunge for the embattled business. Meanwhile, satellite’s decline grew to 162,000 subscribers, up sharply from 62,000 a year ago.

For additional coverage, see http://www.isuppli.com/Media-Research/News/Pages/IPTV-Defies-Drop-in-US-Pay-TV-Market-to-Gain-Subscribers-in-Q2.aspx

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Almost 300K Add Broadband in Q2 2013

A new study found that the seventeen largest cable and telephone providers in the U.S.–representing about 93% of the market–acquired about 295,000 net additional high-speed Internet subscribers in the second quarter of 2013. These top broadband providers now account for over 82.7 million subscribers, with top cable companies boasting over 47.8 million broadband subscribers. The study also notes that overall, broadband additions in Q2 2013 amounted to 116% of those in Q2 2012. Meanwhile, the top cable companies added about 296,000 subscribers, representing 91% as many additions as in Q2 2012; the top telephone companies lost about 2,000 subscribers.

For more information, go to http://www.leichtmanresearch.com/press/082013release.html

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Nearly Half of Chipsets in CE to Support 802.11ac by 2017

The increasing demand for bandwidth from mobile devices will spur the rapid adoption of next-generation WiFi technology, according to recently available research, with shipments of chipsets supporting the new 802.11ac  standard set to account for nearly one-half of all WiFi chipsets shipped for use in the consumer electronic (CE) device market in 2017. The study indicates that shipments of 802.11ac chipsets will make up 47% of all WiFi chipset shipments in 2017, up from just 1.3% in 2013. Moreover, the transition to 802.11ac in device segments other than consumer electronics—such as fleet management and consumer health monitoring—will occur far more slowly, if at all, since many of these applications do not require the higher data rates.

For further content, see http://www.imsresearch.com/press-release/Over_45_Percent_of_WiFi_Chipsets_in_Consumer_Electronic_Devices_in_2017_to_Support_NextGeneration_80211ac_Standard&from=all_pr

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Late Millennials not Tied to Legacy Services

According to new research, Late Millennials are more likely to subscribe to an online pay-TV service like Netflix or Hulu Plus than a legacy pay-TV service such as cable or satellite. The study indicates that tomorrow’s head-of-household is less favorably disposed than their predecessors toward legacy services and more favorably disposed toward OTT TV services. Of course, these predilictions could change over time if OTT TV services are unable to acquire the content these consumers will seek out as they marry, have children, and move up the career ladder. The report concludes that whatever services the mature Late Millennials end up choosing, it will be less about the conduit and more about the content and value.

For more, see http://tdgresearch.com/new-research-finds-younger-consumers-less-likely-than-older-counterparts-to-subscribe-to-legacy-pay-tv-services/

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Enterprise Edge Market Primed for Growth

A new report reveals that the Enterprise Edge market reached almost $3.5 billion in revenue in Q2 2013, an increase of 2% from Q2 2012. Meanwhile, for the very first time, enterprise-class 802.11ac wireless LAN products shipped for revenue this past quarter. Enterprise Edge is the part of the communications market that includes enterprise-class wireless LAN (WLAN), campus Ethernet switching equipment, and related software. The top ten vendors in Enterprise Edge include Aerohive Networks, Alcatel-Lucent, Aruba Networks, Cisco Systems, Dell, Enterasys, Hewlett-Packard, Huawei Technologies, Juniper Networks, and Ruckus Wireless. The report goes on to note that with new 802.11ac-compliant WLAN devices now shipping, enterprises are faced with the prospect of having to upgrade their cabling and campus Ethernet switches to satisfy the greater power and throughput requirements for these devices.

For additional coverage, go to http://www.delloro.com/news/wireless-lan-and-ethernet-switching-drive-two-percent-increase-in-enterprise-edge-market-according-to-delloro-group

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Driverless Vehicles Will Become Commonplace Within 20 Years

In North America, the first driverless vehicles will appear in the beginning of the next decade, growing to more than 10 million robotic vehicles shipping by 2032, predicts new research. While the technological feasibility of autonomous vehicles is being demonstrated by Google, Audi, Volvo, Bosch, and Continental, obstacles such as high costs and lack of legislation remain. On the other hand, the benefits of autonomous vehicles in terms of safety, cost savings, efficiency, and positive impact on the economy, are driving research and development efforts globally. With ADAS-type assistance features already being implemented on a wide scale, the next phase of autonomous Co-Pilot-type vehicles will materialize in this decade. Fully autonomous, self-driving, robotic vehicles will appear 10 years from now.

For additional content, see https://www.abiresearch.com/press/half-of-new-vehicles-shipping-in-north-america-to-

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Worldwide Pay TV Market to Hit $245 Billion by End of Year

The global pay TV market continued its expansion in the first two quarters of 2013, adding 23 million new subscribers for a 3% increase. In particular, telco TV, and satellite TV growth was robust, while cable and terrestrial pay TV services experienced virtually flat growth. A recently published study expects that worldwide pay TV subscribers will reach 895 million by the end of 2013, to generate service revenue of $245 billion. Pay TV market growth is expected in all regions of the world in 2013, although Asia-Pacific will continue to be the main contributor of subscriber net additions. The North American market is growing at its slowest rate because it’s already saturated with more than 80% penetration; furthermore, it is weathering headwinds from alternative web-based TV services. The growth in the North America Pay TV market will mainly be driven by the region’s increasing telco TV market.

For further coverage, go to https://www.abiresearch.com/press/worldwide-pay-tv-service-revenue-to-reach-usd-245-

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Fiber Optic Share Reaches Nearly 20%

Worldwide fixed-line broadband subscriptions continue to grow at a healthy pace in 2013, according to new research, while the fiber-optic broadband market share will reach 19% by year-end 2013, from 16% in 2012. The number of broadband subscribers is growing on all DSL, cable, and fiber-optic platforms, the study goes on to indicate. However, there is a marked shift in consumer adoption from DSL to fiber-optic as operators continue to extend the reach of their fiber-optic infrastructure. This trend is not only taking place in developed markets, but also in emerging ones. China is anticipated to see a declining trend in DSL broadband adoption in the next few years as the country’s broadband operators, China Telecom and China Unicom, aggressively roll out fiber-optic networks. In Q1 2013, total DSL subscriptions dropped by 3 million. In the same period, fiber-optic adoptions grow from 32.9 million to 37.6 million.

For further coverage, see https://www.abiresearch.com/press/fiber-optic-broadband-to-represent-19-of-global-fi

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Wireless LAN Market Expands in 2013

A recently released report, which tracks access points, WLAN controllers, and WiFi phones for the enterprise, found that the major event in the wireless LAN space this quarter was initial shipments of enterprise class 802.11ac access points, marking the beginning of another technology transition. The report also observed that the impact of 802.11ac will be minor in 2013, and with the transition to 802.11n almost complete, growth rates will be cut in half in 2013. Global wireless LAN equipment revenue grew 14% year-over-year in the 2nd quarter of 2013, versus growing almost 30% year-over-year in the 2nd quarter of 2012. Still, WLAN remains the fastest growing network equipment segment. Globally, the enterprise wireless LAN equipment market recovered from a seasonally slow 1st quarter, growing 12% to $1.12 billion in Q2 2013, while interactive access point revenue is up 21% in Q2 2013 from the year-ago 2nd quarter (Q2 2012), reflecting the shift toward centrally-managed WLAN.

For additional information, go to http://www.infonetics.com/pr/2013/2Q13-Wireless-LAN-Market-Highlights.asp

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An Overview of Current U.S. Broadband Use

Some 70% of American adults ages 18 and older have a high-speed broadband connection at home as of May 2013, according to a newly released survey, which also found that 3% of American adults go online at home via dial-up connections. Groups with the highest rates of home broadband adoption continue to be college graduates, adults under age 50, and adults living in households earning at least $50,000, as well as whites and adults living in urban or suburban areas. The survey also found that age, education, and household income are among the strongest factors associated with home broadband adoption. Many dial-up users cite cost and access as the main reasons they don’t have broadband, but for adults who don’t use the Internet at all, a lack of interest is often the main issue.

For more,  see http://www.pewinternet.org/Reports/2013/Broadband.aspx

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Apple, Samsung Lead OEM Smartphone Battle by Large Margin

A recently released study, looking at key trends in the U.S. smartphone industry during the three-month period ending June 2013, found that Apple ranked as the top smartphone manufacturer, while Google’s Android was the leading smartphone platform. Nearly 142 million people in the U.S. owned smartphones (59% mobile market penetration) during the three months ending in June 2013, up 4% since March. Apple ranked as the top OEM (39.9%), with Samsung in second at 23.7%. HTC ranked third with 8.5%, followed by Motorola with 7.2% and LG with 6.6%. Android ranked as the top smartphone platform in June with 52% market share, followed by Apple’s iOS with 39.9% (up 0.9 percentage points), BlackBerry (4.4%), Microsoft (3.1%), and Symbian (0.3%).

For more coverage, go to http://www.comscore.com/Insights/Press_Releases/2013/8/comScore_Reports_June_2013_U.S._Smartphone_Subscriber_Market_Share

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Two-Horse Race in U.S. Smartphone Derby

More consumers than ever are using smartphones, but which handsets are they choosing? For those keeping tabs of OS share, 52% of smartphones in the U.S. run Android. Samsung was the largest manufacturer among Android phones, with nearly a quarter (24%) of all smartphones owned in the U.S. Other companies manufacturing Android handsets include HTC (9%), Motorola (9%) and LG (7%). But Android’s market share only tells half the story. That’s because 40% of smartphone owners in the U.S. own an Apple iPhone. Most recently, Apple was able to increase its share among smartphone owners another 6 percentage points after releasing the iPhone 5, up from 34% a year earlier in Q2 2012. Trailing far behind are Blackberry (3%) and Windows Phone (2%).

For more, see http://www.nielsen.com/us/en/newswire/2013/whos-winning-the-u-s-smartphone-market-.html

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Music on Mobile Listeners Nearly Doubled in 2012

More than one in five Americans will listen to music on their mobile phones this year, after usage nearly doubled in 2012, a recently available report found. Listening to music on their phones is now a regular activity for more than 70 million people in the U.S., and double-digit growth is expected to continue through 2015, when well over a third of all mobile phone users will participate. The study goes on to observe that this figure includes mobile phone users who listen to streaming music, such as via Pandora, Spotify, or another digital radio station, as well as those who download music directly onto their phone, via the iTunes Store or a similar service, but does not include listeners who only sideload music from their computer to their phone.

For more, see http://www.emarketer.com/Article/Music-Goes-Mobile-More-Smartphone-Users-Stream-Songs/1010126

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Mobile Gaming Continues Its Upward Trend

This year, nearly 126 million people in the U.S. will play a game on their mobile phone at least once a month, new research claims. That compares to 96.6 million who will play casual games online, 80.3 million who will play games on social media sites, and just 43.3 million who will play online console games. These groups are not mutually exclusive, but mobile is clearly the largest single category of the bunch. Much of the growth is due to smartphones, where most mobile gaming takes place. The study estimates 103.6 million smartphone users will play games at least monthly this year, up 23.7% over 2012. While that’s a sharp decrease in growth, double-digit increases are expected to continue through 2016, when more than eight in 10 smartphone users will play mobile games.

For additional information, go to http://www.emarketer.com/Article/Gaming-on-Mobile-Leads-All-Other-Online-Platforms/1010125

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Time Spent on Mobile Will Overtake Desktop/Laptop Use This Year

Mobile has become so key to consumers’ lives that for the first time this year, time spent on non-voice mobile activities will surpass time spent online on desktop and laptop computers, a new study claims. U.S. adults will spend 43.6% of their overall media time with digital this year, including 19.4% on mobile—compared to 19.2% on laptops and PCs. Time spent with mobile phones and tablets, excluding voice calls, has risen from 13.4% of all media time last year, and has nearly tripled since 2011. The shift from desktop to mobile, whether smartphone or tablet, is happening across a variety of activities, including social networking and digital video viewing. And tablets are key to the trend. The share of all tablet time spent with video, for example, will nearly double this year, from 10% to 19%.

For further coverage, go to http://www.emarketer.com/Article/US-Time-Spent-on-Mobile-Overtake-Desktop/1010095

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Users to Spend More Time with Digital Media Than Television in 2013

The average time spent with digital media per day will surpass TV viewing time for the first time this year, according to newly released research. The average adult will spend over 5 hours per day online, on non-voice mobile activities or with other digital media this year, the study estimates, compared to 4.5 hours watching television. Daily TV time will actually be down slightly this year, while digital media consumption will be up 15.8%. The most significant growth area is on mobile. Adults will spend an average of 2 hours and 21 minutes per day on non-voice mobile activities, including mobile internet usage on phones and tablets—longer than they will spend online on desktop and laptop computers, and nearly an hour more than they spent on mobile last year.

For additional content, see http://www.emarketer.com/Article/Digital-Set-Surpass-TV-Time-Spent-with-US-Media/1010096

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Smartphone Trade-In Option Awareness Growing in U.S.

The awareness and momentum behind smartphone trade-ins is growing in the U.S. According to a new  report, more than 60% of smartphone consumers are aware of their trade-in options for a new device, and 55% of them plan to take advantage of it the next time they upgrade. Currently, only 13% of smartphone owners say they traded in their last mobile device, but the growing awareness and trade-in options have the potential to shift carrier and retailers loyalty. Among smartphone consumers, 30% said they would switch carriers if a different carrier offered a better trade-in deal, and almost 62% said they are willing to go to a different retailer (but not necessarily switch carriers) for a better trade-in price.

For additional content, see https://www.npd.com/wps/portal/npd/us/news/press-releases/more-than-half-of-new-smartphone-upgrades-will-be-trade-ins-according-to-the-npd-group/

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Consumers to Increase Spending on CE in 2013

Consumers are expected to spend $555 per person on new consumer electronics (CE) devices this year, a 9% increase over 2012, according to a new study. Nearly three-in-four (72%) expect to buy a CE product over the next 12 months, with big ticket items, like flat-panel TVs and tablets, fueling the increase in spending, the report indicates. Over the next two years, 28% of consumers expect to buy a flat-panel TV, while 20% intend to buy a tablet, representing the highest purchase intent levels of all devices measured. On the other hand, Blu-ray player purchase intent declined, reflecting both the maturity of the product category and competition from other devices that also deliver video content. Streaming media players, for instance, are owned in just 8% of U.S. households, but Q2 2013 sales nearly equaled Blu-ray volume.

For more information, go to https://www.npd.com/wps/portal/npd/us/news/press-releases/consumer-electronics-spending-expected-to-increase-in-2013-according-to-the-npd-group/

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Actiontec Wishes Everyone a Wonderful Labor Day

Happy Labor Day! This holiday honors the economic and social contributions of workers in the United States, and has been celebrated since 1894. It’s also considered the unofficial end of summer, and a last chance to get to the beach, fire up the barbecue, or get away for a long weekend before fall arrives. All of us here at Actiontec would like to wish you a safe and wonderful Labor Day.

Email Remains Effective as a Marketing Tool

While it may be easy to dismiss email as a stodgy marketing channel, it’s impossible to dispute the results it yields. Simply put, email pairs low cost with a level of effectiveness hard to match by other channels. A recently unveiled survey of U.S. Internet users found that presenting users with a name they were already acquainted with proved to be a particularly effective way to drive open rates. Almost one-quarter of respondents said the no. 1 influence on whether they would open a promotional email was the familiarity of the sender’s name. Just over 15% said they were most influenced by the email subject line, while nearly 10% said the device on which they were reading the email had the greatest effect on whether they would open the missive. Knowing that the email contained a deal or promotion seemed to have the least effect on open rates.

For more coverage, go to http://www.emarketer.com/Article/Emails-Name-Recognition-Drives-Opens/1010134

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Digital Video Ad Dollars Migrating from TV Ad Budgets

Video is the fastest-growing digital ad format; a new study expects U.S. digital video ad spending to rise by 41.4% this year, and by nearly 40% next year as well, when outlays will reach $5.7 billion. Much of that increased digital video spending will come out of former TV budgets. Some 70% of buy-side U.S. senior executives said they would likely move TV dollars to digital video in the coming year, suggesting there is significant excitement around digital video from all corners. However, those on the buy side may be slightly more realistic about how budgets will really move. Another study found that 73% of marketers polled worldwide expected to increase spending on pre-roll ads over the next 12 months, with spending on social video ads also increasing.

For additional content, see http://www.emarketer.com/Article/Digital-Video-Takes-TV-Dollars/1010146

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How Does Corporate Philanthropy Affect the Customer?

Between traditional corporate philanthropy and the emerging shared-value ideal, brands around the globe continue to align business and social interests through cause-marketing opportunities—using social and environmental efforts to increase consumer engagement. A newly available study estimates that cause-marketing sponsorships reached $1.7 billion in 2012 in North America alone, and this investment will increase in 2013. But what percentage of consumers will take note and reward these efforts?  For starters, it’s unclear today how many opportunities consumers actually have to make this choice. At the moment of truth—at the store, online and elsewhere—consumers have little clarity around which companies have programs to give back and which don’t.

For more information, go to http://www.nielsen.com/us/en/newswire/2013/can-doing-good-be-good-for-business.html

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Roku, Apple TV Dominate Streaming Video Device Sales

The number of U.S. broadband households with a streaming video media device, such as a Roku or an Apple TV, has doubled since 2011, indicates new research. Roku is the most-used streaming video media device in the U.S. market, garnering 37% of users, compared to 24% who own an Apple TV. The report goes on to predict that the number of connected TV devices sold worldwide will reach 330 million annually by 2017, almost double the number to be sold in 2013. Average product prices will decline over this time, but annual sales revenues will increase almost 100% by 2017 as more households buy smart TVs, gaming consoles, Blu-ray players, and streaming video media devices.

For more content, see http://www.parksassociates.com/blog/article/pr-aug2013-connected-tv

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Self-Help Tech Support Taking Hold With Electronic Device Users

Recent research shows new automation strategies are starting to resonate with consumers, as 38% of U.S. consumers who have experienced PC problems would prefer to fix future problems themselves. Improved user interfaces have also made setup of new tablets, smartphones, and smart TVs more intuitive, and currently 51% of consumers prefer to set up new devices independently. The report also notes that as self-help and cloud-based automation tools improve, they will dramatically improve productivity and scalability in support services. Currently, tech support providers estimate one-in-five service calls can be solved by consumers, and as many as 50% of calls on mobile devices can be solved through self-help channels.

For further coverage, see http://www.parksassociates.com/blog/article/dhss-aug2013-automating

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Smartphone and Tablet Shopper Exhibit Differing Buying Habits

U.S. mobile shoppers use their devices most frequently in the home, according to new research. While shopping on their mobile devices, tablet owners are more active with product research (59%) and are more likely to purchase physical items (38%) than smartphone shoppers (24%). Smartphone shoppers are more active outside the home, but they are more likely to do certain mobile shopping activities from home, such as reading reviews and using social media to make a comment on a purchase. Even though smartphones and tablets are made to be mobile, some mobile shoppers never leave the couch while they’re shopping, as 95% of tablet shoppers and 72% of smartphone shoppers who make a purchase with their device do so at home, although tablet users are more likely to make a purchase overall.

For more, see http://www.nielsen.com/us/en/newswire/2013/a-mobile-shoppers-journey–from-the-couch-to-the-store–and-back.html

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Network Upgrades Forcing Businesses to Install Faster Firewalls

A newly released survey focuses on the drivers, strategies and technology choices that are shaping enterprises’ use of high-end firewalls. The survey observes that the move to faster network technologies is forcing enterprises to look at upgrading the whole of their IT infrastructure, firewalls included. Many enterprise buyers are eyeing firewall products with 100G-plus aggregate throughput and support for 40G and 100G ports over the next year. The survey also notes that upgrading to high-speed network interfaces on security appliances was named as the main driver for investing in high-end firewalls by over 3/4 of enterprises surveyed, while security leads the list of criteria for selecting a high-end firewall supplier by a wide margin.

For additional coverage, go to http://www.infonetics.com/pr/2013/High-End-Firewall-Strategies-Survey-Highlights.asp

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High Bandwidth Needs Fueled by Changing Viewing Habits

The trend toward obtaining video and audio content via the Internet and bypassing programming offered by traditional cable and satellite providers is advancing more quickly than previously believed, mostly because of a sea-change in the viewing habits of younger consumers, according to a recently unveiled study. The report notes that this trend will further accelerate demands for more bandwidth and faster connectivity in North American households, pushed by wider availability of Internet-connected televisions, growth in the number of simultaneous video streams per household, and the development of more robust streaming standards to support high quality HD and super HD video. The study also estimates that 40% are accessing at least some video programming through so-called “over-the-top” video services such as Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, and iTunes, as well as through a variety of applications for mobile devices through the Internet.

For more, go to http://www.ftthcouncil.org/p/bl/et/blogid=3&blogaid=229

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Cox’s OTT Service Lights the Path Toward a Revived Cable Industry

By taking a page from Netflix—and by settling for lower profit margins—Cox Communications’ new flareWatch over-the-top (OTT) TV service could show the entire pay-TV industry how to mitigate the threat from OTT, according to a new article. The flareWatch service is the first U.S. pay-TV operator-provided OTT subscription TV service not tied to a concurrent cable TV video purchase, but it does require a subscription to Cox’s high-speed data service. However, to Cox’s benefit, it does offer an opportunity to up-sell non-cable video subscribers some form of video service. The service, now in the beta-test phase in Orange County, Calif., comprises nearly 100 popular channels and includes a network digital video recorder (DVR). There are two notable drawbacks to flareWatch: no premium channels and no “TV Everywhere” solutions that allow content to be consumed on computers, smartphones, and tablets. However, with a monthly service fee of $40, flareWatch is significantly cheaper than an average cable rate of $64.

For further information, go to http://www.isuppli.com/Media-Research/News/Pages/Cox’s-OTT-Service-Shows-the-Way-to-Revive-US-Cable-TV-Industry.aspx

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Huge Majority of Households Subscribe to Multi-Channel Video Services

New consumer research finds that 86% of households nationwide subscribe to some form of multi-channel video service. While major multi-channel video providers reported a cumulative increase of less than 1% of subscribers over the past three years, penetration has slightly declined over that time due to a larger increase in the number of rental housing units. Multi-channel video penetration essentially peaked at 88% in 2010 following the digital transition, having increased from 82% in 2005. Among TV households that do not currently subscribe to a multi-channel video service, 40% subscribe to Netflix, 11% to Amazon Prime, and 7% to Hulu Plus. Overall, this results in 8% of all TV households watching over-the-air (OTA) broadcast TV only (down from 10% in 2010), and 6% watching a combination of OTA and OTT programming.

For additional coverage, see http://www.leichtmanresearch.com/press/080813release.html

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Core Router Market to See Strong Demand in 2014, 2015

According to a newly published report, the service provider core router market will see an uptick in growth in 2014 and 2015 as service providers upgrade Internet backbone networks with recently-introduced core routers. Advancements in technology will increase core router capacities by up to four times compared to previous generations.  These new products are expected to push the market to near double-digit growth over each of the next three years, rebounding from the 10% decline in 2012. The report also expects core routers and new high-capacity edge routers to be deployed into numerous metro area networks to accommodate localized traffic loads. Service providers will continue to increase purchases of these routers as they extend their backbone networks closer to end users to handle regional traffic.

For more content, see http://www.delloro.com/news/service-provider-core-router-market-to-experience-strong-demand-in-2014-and-2015-according-to-delloro-group

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Residential Photovoltaic Systems to Store 2.5 GW by 2017

The market for residential photovoltaic (PV) energy storage systems is expected to boom in the coming years, with cumulative installations amounting to 2.5 gigawatts (GW) by 2017, equivalent to the solar power generated by more than 600,000 homes. Kick-started by the introduction in May of the German Energy Storage subsidy, cumulative installations are forecast to grow to these heights from a trivial 12 megawatts in 2012, according to a new report. The number of PV residential energy storage installations will be greater than the total number of residential solar systems in Germany today. Residential PV customers are striving to maximize their own consumption of the energy they are generating, the report observes, due to rising electricity prices and decreasing feed-in-tariffs (FiTs).

For further coverage, go to http://www.imsresearch.com/press-release/Two_and_a_Half_Gigawatts_of_Residential_PV_Energy_Storage_to_be_Installed_by_2017&from=all_pr

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ZigBee Takes Off in Set-Top Boxes

The ZigBee RF4CE standard is rapidly gaining acceptance in the set-top box (STB) market, where it currently serves mainly as a replacement for infrared (IR) technology in remote controls. However, due to the development of multi-protocol ICs, ZigBee technology is also set to allow STBs to become the centerpiece of automated homes, according to a new report. A total of 30% of STBs shipped globally in 2018 will integrate support for ZigBee RF4CE, up from just 3% in 2011, and under 7% last year. The remaining STBs will use either IR technology or will include support for other RF technologies (such as Bluetooth) within remote controls.

For more information, see http://www.imsresearch.com/press-release/ZigBee_Takes_Off_in_SetTop_Boxes_with_Nearly_OneThird_of_Boxes_to_Use_the_Networking_Technology_in_2018

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DOCSIS 3.0 Driving Strong Growth in Broadband CPE Shipments

According to a recently published report, worldwide broadband CPE device shipments totaled 144.9 million in 2012. Continuous growth in broadband adoption, as well as upgrading to better quality services among existing broadband users, will allow continuous growth in the broadband CPE market. The study expects 149.4 million broadband CPE devices, including modems, wired routers, and gateways, to be shipped in 2013. Despite the gain in market share of fiber optic devices over the past few years, CPE device shipments in other broadband platforms such as DSL and cable are not likely to drop in the near future. Today, DSL operators are switching from ADSL to VDSL and cable operators are moving to DOCSIS 3.0 standards, as seen by the 37 million DOCSIS 3.0 devices shipped, representing 67% of cable CPE shipments.

For additional content, go to http://www.abiresearch.com/press/broadband-cpe-shipments-to-reach-1494-million-with

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Enabled Devices Market, Driven by ZigBee, to See Continued Expansion

Annual shipments of 802.15.4-enabled devices are forecast to grow more than 5X from 2012 to 2018, with a CAGR of over 30%, suggests new research. ZigBee continues to be the primary driver toward standardization and interoperability and will see further strong growth across many markets, accounting for almost 80% of total 802.15.4-enabled device shipments in 2018. ZigBee has seen up-and-down results for the last few years, with markets that seemed to be sure-fire bets for rapid growth, such as smart meters, not delivering what was expected, while smart home markets continue to flourish. There are a number of markets that the ZigBee Alliance, and many standards have been developed to address them. To date, most of the focus and success has been with ZigBee Energy for smart meter applications and ZigBee RF4CE Control for home entertainment.

For more, see http://www.abiresearch.com/press/802154-enabled-device-market-set-to-grow-5x-from-2

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Verizon Partner Program Highlights mHealth Solutions

As the healthcare IT industry continues to evolve, a growing number of medical device manufacturers are offering innovative machine-to-machine (M2M) solutions to improve patient care, according to new research. Recently, Verizon has redesigned its Partner Program into a new streamlined organization, and is partnering with two telehealth solutions providers (Carematix and Sonicu). The company is also offering its Partner Program initiative as a catalyst toward the adoption of M2M wireless healthcare solutions in the marketplace. mHealth is a key driver in the world’s developed and developing regions, through growth in both dedicated devices and mobile handsets.

For additional coverage, see http://www.strategyanalytics.com/default.aspx?mod=pressreleaseviewer&a0=5399

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Improving Economy Good News for PC Manufacturers

According to the survey of nearly 6200 consumers in the U.S. and Europe, nearly 23% of respondents are very or somewhat likely to buy a portable PC during the next year, compared to less than 17% in Q4 2012. The strongest improvements were seen in the U.S., but increased purchase intentions were also recorded in France, Germany, and the UK. The study attributes the positive findings to a general improvement in consumer confidence supported by a modest economic upturn. The study also states that the purchase intention index for portable PCs has increased in the U.S. by 10.5% (and by 11.1% for desktop PCs) since Q4 2012.

For more content, see http://www.strategyanalytics.com/default.aspx?mod=pressreleaseviewer&a0=5405

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Connected TV Users Increasingly Consider “Cord Cutting”

Adult broadband users with an Internet-connected TV are twice as likely as those with non-networked TVs to be “highly inclined” to cancel their current pay-TV service, observes a newly available study. The pay-TV industry and prominent analysts are now coming to terms with the fact those with access to online video sources on their TV are more likely than their counterparts to be reconsidering the value proposition of incumbent pay-TV services. The research also indicates that while the vast majority of adult broadband users who currently subscribe to a traditional pay-TV service have little or no interest in canceling their traditional TV service, 7% of this segment are would-be “cord cutters” .

For additional information, see http://tdgresearch.com/connected-tv-users-prone-to-downgrading-or-cancelling-traditional-pay-tv-services/

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The App TV Ecosystem is Coming

The future of TV is an app. This future is already here on smartphones and tablets, and there is good reason to believe this future will extend to smart TVs, game consoles, iSTBs, and the rest of the connected device ecosystem in the near future. A new white paper describes the ten basic characteristics of the coming “App TV” ecosystem. What is it? How does it work? How will we recognize it when we see it? Players across the ecosystem need to start now to shape and influence their own roles in this transition.

For more, see http://tdgresearch.com/ten-characteristics-of-the-impending-app-tv-ecosystem/

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Wireless LAN Market to Expand by 57% by 2017

Overall wireless LAN market revenues are forecast to approach $12 billion in 2017, well over 50% greater than 2012 revenues, according to new forecast research.  The key trends expected to drive this growth include deployment of Service Provider WiFi (SP WiFi), the 802.11ac upgrade cycle, and cloud-managed WLAN. Additional influence will come from consumer video over WiFi, and the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) trend. The study also reveals that enterprises now see wireless LAN access as critical, yet historically have installed wireless as an overlay network separate from the Ethernet network. As new, higher-speed 802.11ac wireless systems are installed, a growing number of companies will be re-considering the interaction between Ethernet edge switches and enterprise WLAN devices.

For further coverage, go to http://www.delloro.com/news/wireless-lan-market-to-expand-57-percent-by-2017

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PON and Cable Equipment Growth Driven by Upgrades

A recently published report predicts annual revenue growth for PON and cable equipment, with upgrades becoming the driving force for equipment demand through 2017. Both cable and telecom operators will continue to increase the bandwidth capabilities of their networks to handle increasing internet traffic, to enable new revenue-generating services, and to stay competitive with one another. The study goes on to indicate that although China will continue to dominate the PON market, Chinese growth is expected to moderate, resulting in single-digit PON revenue growth for the next five years versus the previous double-digit growth. The CMTS market will remain strong, despite a weak 2012, and growth is forecast to resume in 2013. DSL, meanwhile, will decline, although at a slower pace than over the past several years.

For more content, go to http://www.delloro.com/news/pon-and-cable-broadband-equipment-revenue-poised-for-annual-growth-through-2017-according-to-delloro-group

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Child Protection, Parental Control Markets Potentially Lucrative

Protecting children and teenagers on the Internet is a continuing concern for parents, educators, and public administrators. The number of digital platforms from which youngsters can access the Internet is constantly increasing: smartphones, tablets, and gaming consoles only add to existing PC and laptop vectors. These factors have combined to make the child online protection and parental control market a lucrative one, a new report indicates. The drivers for growth are inherently affected by many different cultural, educational, moral, and personal factors. Consequently, the demand for appropriate solutions is not only large, but also varied vertically (by international organizations, national bodies, educational institutions, and individual parents) and horizontally (by Internet service providers, broadcasters, and telecommunications operators).

For more content, see http://www.abiresearch.com/press/parental-control-software-and-filtering-technologi

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Worldwide Wi-Fi CPE Shipments Surpass 43 Million in Q1 2013

Worldwide consumer Wi-Fi customer premises equipment (CPE) shipments surpassed 43.3 million at the end of Q1 2013, a 16.8% increase from Q4 2012, reports a newly available study. 802.11n device shipments still dominate the market, accounting for more than two thirds of total device shipments; however, 802.11ac access point adoption is starting to gain traction. The report goes on to note that a total of 200,000 consumer 802.11ac Wi-Fi APs shipped in Q1 2013, and predicts that 1 million of 802.11ac consumer access points will be shipped by the end of 2013. A new Wi-Fi standard, 802.11ad (WiGig), which uses 60GHz band and delivers speeds up to 7 Gbps, was approved by IEEE in early 2013. The very first 802.11ad-capable products are likely to enter market around the end of the year.

For additional information, see http://www.abiresearch.com/press/80211ac-wi-fi-shipments-find-biting-point-in-a-433

 

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