In this month's round up of industry news, issues and updates, we feature the continued rise of mobile broadband, LTE's growing number of subscribers, increasing focus on Ethernet and the creation of a Pan-European communications network.
TelecomTV — Mobile Broadband Growing by 19 Percent Annually — January 4th
A new report from Ovum Research shows that global telecom operators' revenues exceeded $2 trillion last year. Driving that growth, mobile broadband is thought to be the most valuable opportunity for operators, as the sector is predicted to grow more than 19 percent annually until 2016. On the contrary, CAPEX spending and infrastructure investments by operators will be limited by low, single-digit revenue gains. Ovum recommends that vendors position themselves in one or more high-potential product segments to stay ahead of CAPEX demands on resources.
TechCrunch — Europe's Telco Giants In Talks To Create Pan-European Network, Reports FT — January 9th
Europe's largest operators have come together to develop a pan-continental network infrastructure in an effort to simplify and unify the once disjointed mobile market. Although this plan is still in its infancy, Europe's telecom leaders are quickly realizing the urgency of working together to reduce the cost of maintaining and updating network infrastructures.
CNET — LTE Users to Hit 1 Billion by 2016, Says Report — January 22nd
The number of global 4G / LTE wireless subscribers has increased from 600,000 to 100 million in only three years. Research firm IHS predicts that LTE growth will pick up even more speed to break one billion subscribers before 2016. However, one downside of this growth is the demand for investments from operators. Because smartphone technology is so dependent on high performance, the greatest challenge for operators will be to keep up with the demand for quality wireless infrastructure.
FierceTelecom — How Ethernet Enables Cloud Connectivity— January 22nd
Nearly two thirds of enterprise IT managers have transitioned their business-critical applications to the cloud due to the rise of big data, and it's no surprise that Ethernet has become the service of choice for higher bandwidth applications due to its low cost per bit and ability to connect businesses with global cloud infrastructure. In fact, Vertical Systems Group predicts that the global demand for Ethernet services will exceed $45 billion by 2016!
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