Last updated: 23 Sep 2009 Update History
Report Status: Archived
Report Pages: 144
Analyst: Paul Budde
Researcher: Paul Budde
Current publication date:- September 2009 (22nd Edition)
Next publication date:- September 2010
The financial crisis has led to a major rethink on the way that the various political, social and economic systems operate. Instead of repairing broken systems, new approaches are being developed that are better-suited to the current environment.
Increasingly the market is recognising the importance of telecoms within a range of social and economic applications. As a result telecoms investments now play a key role in most economic stimulus packages. At the same time Internet access and digital media depend on good telecoms infrastructure, and this will drive developments and opportunities in the market.
For the next few years mobile will continue to be dominated by voice and SMS. Data access will increase in importance but the current networks are still not suitable for mass market mobile media. In 2010 infrastructure issues will be paramount – issues such a fibre-based National Broadband Network and wireless networks are the all-important foundation for the digital economy.
With government involvement it will be possible to use the telecommunications networks for the national good. BuddeComm has been involved in the generation of government policies around open networks, structural separation and trans-sectoral developments on three continents. In the report we discuss some of the high-level strategic developments occurring as a result of the economic crisis.
At the core of new policy-making is trans-sector thinking – looking across sectors to create synergy – and the Australian government is leading the world in this. The report discusses in detail the opportunities within the ICT industries to utilise new telecoms networks for e-health, e-education, smart grids (managing renewables, saving energy), etc.
This way of thinking applies across infrastructure projects – looking at the potential synergies between the building of roads, sewerage systems, water and gas pipe networks as well as telecoms and electricity networks. This also ties in with the initiatives the government has announced since the NBN.
And eventually this leads to the concept of smart communities, the development of connected and sustainable communities based on intelligent infrastructure such as broadband (FttH) and smart grids. But trans-sector policies and strategies need to be developed before these smart communities can be built. They can’t be built out of the silo structures that currently dominate our thinking; they require a holistic approach, which includes environmental issues such buildings that are self-sufficient in relation to energy, community-based ‘exchanges’ for renewable energy and e-cars, and the delivery of e-health, e-education, e-government services in addition to digital media and Internet services.
The report discusses and provides examples of some of the developments taking place around the world towards building smart cities and communities.
The new broadband plan offers unprecedented opportunities for
One critical point is that this needs to be perceived as the infrastructure for the digital economy; to simply view it as an upgrade to ADSL broadband would be a grave mistake. A section of the report includes comments from the Digital Economy Industry Working Group and our International (Obama Team) BigThink Strategies Group.
With so much emphasis being placed on advances in the fixed network it is easy to overlook the enormous developments that are simultaneously taking place around wireless technology. The mobile communications market in
The extent to which
With these massive changes underway and as it becomes unshackled from the operators’ portals that have dominated it for a decade – all without having made any significant inroads into the content use of mobile users – the mobile media market is set to change forever.
The new capped data packages, fuelled by further competition, will see a total revamp of this market. It will no longer be based on portals but on direct services by content and services providers via open source phones and mobile-friendly Internet-based services. The next step will be the arrival of micro-payment services, like those being developed in countries such as
Last but not least, the social media are receiving widespread attention and the events in
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