2013 Global Telecoms - Industry Transformation with M2M, Cloud Computing, Big Data, Wi-Fi and New Spectrum

Publication Overview

This annual report offers a wealth of information on the global telecoms sector and is a key resource of insights, statistics, examples and trends. It provides important insights into the wider telecoms industry and the key trends which will play an important role in the future. This unique report also includes the key global statistics for the core sectors which make up this diverse industry, including broadband, mobile broadband, Internet use, mobile communications and overall telecoms revenue, CAPEX and leading players. The report explores some of the hot topics for the industry in 2013 and beyond, including the key role of Wi-Fi, the changing landscape for data centres, Cloud Computing developments, M2M and Big Data trends and the issues surrounding Spectrum and White Spaces.

Subjects covered include:

  • Key global telecoms industry statistics;
  • Ranking of the top 80 parent carriers worldwide;
  • Insights into the opportunities and challenges facing the telcos;
  • The important role of Wi-Fi going forward;
  • Insights into the cloud computing revolution;
  • Insights into machine-to-machine (M2M) developments;
  • The rise and impact of Big Data;
  • The changing landscape for data centres;
  • The issues surrounding spectrum and white spaces.

Researchers:- Kylie Wansink, Paul Budde, Lucia Bibolini, Peter Evans, Paul Kwon, Henry Lancaster, Peter Lange.
Current publication date:- July 2013 (10th Edition)

Executive Summary

Exciting developments for increasingly vital telecoms industry

There is no doubt that the next ten years will bring further exciting developments to the increasingly vital telecommunications industry. The foundations for change are already well in motion and the continuing deployment of high-speed broadband and 4G technology will provide the infrastructure to ignite the new innovations and revolutions of the future.

There are a number of key trends which have emerged in recent years and will be real-game changers. Machine-to-Machine (M2M) also referred to as ‘Internet of Things’; is one such trend and it will transform every single sector of society and the economy. It will be out of this environment that new businesses – and indeed new industries – will be born.

The large amounts of data generated by M2M developments as well as the increase in user generated communications via social networks and the like will also contribute to towards Big Data progress. Organisations are beginning to recognise the importance of storing and processing the growing amount of data they retain and also mining this data for commercial benefit. In turn, this is leading to a growth in data centres, due to the increasing data storage demands and pressure on companies to appear environmentally pro-active by consolidating and outsourcing their data management requirements.

Cloud computing deployment and development is gaining momentum around the world as the true potential of this technology reveals itself. It has become one of the fastest growing areas for the IT sector and cloud computing solutions are being adopted by enterprises; government and consumers alike. BuddeComm’s general opinion in regards to Cloud Computing is that we acknowledge the enormous economic advantages that cloud computing has to offer - but at the same time recognise that there is a risk of losing control over data and IT systems.

In 2013 it is increasingly clear that Wi-Fi will play a key role in the telecoms environment of the future. The use of Wi-Fi hotspots continues to rise due to increasing popularity from smart phone and mobile device users. The status of Wi-Fi technology is continuing to improve; creating a whole new range of opportunities in the Wi-Fi market. Smartphone users want faster, more ubiquitous and reliable connectivity, while operators are looking to squeeze every last bit of capacity out of their cellular networks. As a result, smarter Wi-Fi is needed so that it can take on a more strategic role as part of the overall mobile network infrastructure. Ultimately users simply want the fastest and most reliable wireless connection they can get.

More spectrum is required too if we want to make the most of all the new opportunities that mobile and wireless broadband technology have to offer our society and our economy. With the voice market saturated, the telcos attention is focused on mobile broadband which requires additional spectrum. Governments around the world are beginning to view the sale of spectrum as a viable revenue raising opportunity in a fragile economy. In 2013 there is increased interest in the re-use of white spaces. It is important to remember that spectrum is nothing more than infrastructure and, as we have seen in the fixed network, if infrastructure becomes monopolised some serious issues arise regarding the use of it.

BuddeComm’s new report, Global Telecoms – Industry Transformation with M2M, Cloud Computing, Big Data, Wi-Fi and New Spectrum, provides important insights into the wider telecoms industry and the key trends which will play an important role in the future. This unique report also includes the key global statistics for the core sectors which make up this diverse industry, including broadband, mobile broadband, Internet use, mobile communications and overall telecoms revenue; CAPEX and leading players. The report then explores some of the hot topics for the industry in 2013 and beyond, including the key role of WiFi, the changing landscape for data centres, Cloud Computing developments, M2M and Big Data trends and the issues surrounding Spectrum and White Spaces.

Examples of key insights:

  • The global telecoms market as a whole now boasts some impressive figures.
  • Fixed Internet users continue to grow with around 2.7 billion.
  • There are around 1.6 billion mobile broadband subscribers worldwide today, far more than the number of fixed broadband subscribers. Asia has the most mobile broadband connections.
  • The global market share of consumers using smart phones sits at around 18-19%, the equivalent of around 1.3 billion users.
  • Carriers are looking towards a future of mobile broadband services which will require increased capacity and LTE deployment – and spectrum allocation is the key to positioning in these new markets.
  • Spectrum management needs to include the role that Wi-Fi and other unlicensed technologies will have to play, as well as the role of optical fibre networks for the core and backhaul from the towers in the overall plan.
  • Cloud computing was one of the key developments to emerge in the last couple of years. However cloud security and privacy are ongoing issues which require scrutiny and there are growing concerns about data “ownership”. If these concerns can be overcome, along with the right standardisations and infrastructure put in place - then we will really see this industry thrive.
  • The reason M2M will be so important is that it is needed to more effectively address the many societal and economic problems that people are facing – the environment, energy supply, traffic and people movement, healthcare and so on.
  • In 2013 there is a growing awareness of the ongoing maintenance and energy costs to operate data centres.

Data in this report is the latest available at the time of preparation and may not be for the current year

Table of Contents

  • 1. Global Telecoms - A Transforming and Challenging Sector
    • 1.1 Opportunities and Challenges for the Telcos
      • 1.1.1 From benign to hard-line monopoly
      • 1.1.2 Telco model of the future will be based on OTT
      • 1.1.3 The end of the line for PSTN and HFC networks
      • 1.1.4 Telecoms market is transforming but the telcos are not
      • 1.1.5 Next on the chopping block – the infrastructure
      • 1.1.6 So what is next for the telcos?
      • 1.1.7 Conclusion
    • 1.2 Key Drivers and Challenges for Mobile Sector
      • 1.2.1 Mobile led by consumer demand
      • 1.2.2 Mobile infrastructure becomes a fibre feed-in
      • 1.2.3 Industry consolidation is a must
      • 1.2.4 The future of the smartphone market
      • 1.2.5 Mobile broadband: killer app for FttH
      • 1.2.6 Mobile market - infrastructure running out of steam
      • 1.2.7 Case study: Europe
      • 1.2.8 Brief case study: Africa
      • 1.2.9 Conclusion
  • 2. Global Telecoms - Big Picture Statistics
    • 2.1 Key Global Telecoms Statistics
      • 2.1.1 Key trends for telcos
      • 2.1.2 Next on the chopping block – the infrastructure
      • 2.1.3 The benefits of telecommunications are now OTT
      • 2.1.4 Global Internet users
      • 2.1.5 Broadband subscribers, penetration and access technologies
      • 2.1.6 Global mobile subscriptions
      • 2.1.7 Wireless/mobile broadband
      • 2.1.8 Global telecommunications expenditure and revenue
      • 2.1.9 Global telecoms traffic
      • 2.1.10 Satellite services
      • 2.1.11 Conclusions
    • 2.2 Top 80 Parent Carriers Worldwide
      • 2.2.1 Global top 13 mobile parent carriers by subscribers
      • 2.2.2 Global major 11 fixed-line carriers by subscribers
      • 2.2.3 Major 80 parent carriers worldwide by revenue and subscribers
  • 3. Hot Topics for Telecoms in 2013 and Beyond
    • 3.1 Spotlight on Hot Topics for Telecoms
      • 3.1.1 High level telecoms issues
      • 3.1.2 The industry at a glance
      • 3.1.3 Key trends in 2013
      • 3.1.4 Fixed broadband services
    • 3.2 WiFi has Key Role in Telecoms
      • 3.2.1 WiFi starts playing a key role in telecoms
      • 3.2.2 WiFi business models
      • 3.2.3 Venue Wifi
      • 3.2.4 Global WiFi market summary
      • 3.2.5 Leading WiFi markets around the world
      • 3.2.6 Industry developments
      • 3.2.7 Other short-range technologies
    • 3.3 The Cloud Computing Revolution
      • 3.3.1 Cloud computing for government
      • 3.3.2 Cloud computing for enterprise
      • 3.3.3 The complexities of cloud computing
      • 3.3.4 Unified Communications (UC) and the cloud
      • 3.3.5 Cloud computing market statistics
      • 3.3.6 Other recent trends
      • 3.3.7 Case study: Cloud Computing in China
      • 3.3.8 Conclusion
    • 3.4 M2M and Big Data
      • 3.4.1 ‘Things’
      • 3.4.2 Telcos and the science of Big Data
      • 3.4.3 From SCaDa to IoT
      • 3.4.4 Sensors
      • 3.4.5 Sensor applications for a smarter world
      • 3.4.6 RFID
      • 3.4.7 Change in services driven by sensing and monitoring information
      • 3.4.8 Who will dominate the IoT market?
      • 3.4.9 Building smart communities and smart countries
      • 3.4.10 Stage one – infrastructure
      • 3.4.11 Stage two – trans-sector policies
      • 3.4.12 Stage three – the business game-changer
      • 3.4.13 Application examples
      • 3.4.14 Staggering IoT predictions
    • 3.5 The Changing Landscape of Data Centres
      • 3.5.1 market analysis
      • 3.5.2 Key global data centre trends and statistics
      • 3.5.3 Glimpses of the future
    • 3.6 Spectrum and White Spaces
      • 3.6.1 Pent up demand for spectrum
      • 3.6.2 White spaces overview
      • 3.6.3 Examples of white space developments
      • 3.6.4 Spectrum – important to the development of mobile broadband as a utility
      • 3.6.5 A comprehensive infrastructure plan is essential
      • Table 1 – Visitors to top web properties worldwide – 2013
      • Table 2 – Global smart phone operating system market share – 2010; 2011; 2012
      • Table 3 - Bharti Airtel mobile ARPU – 2004 - 2005; 2007 - 2012
      • Table 4 – Global mobile capital expenditure (CAPEX) – 2010 - 2013
      • Table 5 – Number of public WiFi hotspots worldwide – 2010 - 2016
      • Table 6 – Global - telecom statistics at a glance – 2013
      • Table 7 – Global - internet users and annual change – 2009 - 2013
      • Table 8 – Regional - share of broadband subscribers – Q1 2011
      • Table 9 – Global - fixed broadband subscribers and annual change – 2005 - 2013
      • Table 10 – Top ten broadband countries by subscribers – Q2 2012
      • Table 11 – Regional - share of broadband household penetration – Q 2012
      • Table 12 – Global - broadband market share by access technology – 2008; Mid 2010; Mid 2012
      • Table 13 – Global - mobile subscriptions and annual change – 2000 - 2013
      • Table 14 – Regional - mobile subscribers – 2005 – 2012
      • Table 15 – Global – mobile broadband market share by technology – Q1 2013
      • Table 16 – Regional – mobile broadband connections – Q1 2013
      • Table 17 – Top ten OECD countries by wireless broadband subscriptions – 2011; mid 2012
      • Table 18 – Global - telecoms capital expenditure (CAPEX) – 2008 - 2013
      • Table 19 – Global - mobile capital expenditure (CAPEX) – 2010 - 2013
      • Table 20 – Global - telecoms expenditure as a percentage of GDP – 1990; 2006; 2009; 2012
      • Table 21 – Global - telecoms services revenue – 2008 - 2012
      • Table 22 – Global - monthly mobile data traffic – 2000; 2011; 2012
      • Table 23 – Regional - mobile data traffic growth – CAGR 2012 - 2017
      • Table 24 – Global - satellite industry revenue – 2008 - 2011
      • Table 25 – Global - satellite services revenue – 2003 - 2011
      • Table 26 – Global - mobile satellite devices – 2008; 2010; 2018
      • Table 27 – Global top 13 mobile parent carriers by subscribers – 2012
      • Table 28 – Major 11 fixed-line parent carriers by subscribers - 2012
      • Table 29 – Major 80 parent telecoms companies worldwide - 2012
      • Table 30 – Worldwide social network advertising spending – 2008 – 2016
      • Table 31 – Worldwide smart phone mobile device sales by quarter – Q2 2009 – Q2 2012
      • Table 32 – Number of public WiFi hotspots – top 10 countries worldwide – Early 2011; Early 2013
      • Table 33 – Global mobile capital expenditure (CAPEX) – 2010 - 2013
      • Table 34 – Installed base of Bluetooth devices worldwide – 2005; 2007; 2010; 2013
      • Table 35 - Worldwide Platform as a Service (PaaS) revenue – 2011 - 2013
      • Table 36 – Worldwide connected devices
      • Table 37 – Global investment in green data centres – 2012 - 2015
      • Chart 1 – Global - internet users – 2009 - 2013
      • Chart 2 – Global - fixed broadband subscribers - 2005 – 2013
      • Chart 3 – Global - mobile subscriptions – 2000 - 2013
      • Chart 4 – Global top 13 mobile carriers by subscribers - 2012
      • Chart 5 – Major 11 fixed-line carriers by subscribers - 2012
      • Chart 6 –Worldwide market share of M2M connections – 2011; 2020
      • Exhibit 1 – Apple iPhone and Apple iTunes
      • Exhibit 2 – Telstra leading the global telco move towards the OTT model
      • Exhibit 3 – Digital economy – key developments
      • Exhibit 4 - Major shareholders in Bharti Airtel – April 2012
      • Exhibit 5 – US mobile data growth emphasising the need for non-spectrum solutions
      • Exhibit 6 – Status of UMTS900 commercial network (3G) in Europe – 2012
      • Exhibit 7 – UMTS900 commercial network operators (3G) in Europe – 2012
      • Exhibit 8 – Major global fixed satellite service operators
      • Exhibit 9 – Wi-Fi Direct
      • Exhibit 10 – Case Study – Shopping Centres
      • Exhibit 11 – Case Study – Airline Lounges
      • Exhibit 12 – Bluetooth SIG
      • Exhibit 13 – Definition: Cloud computing
      • Exhibit 14 – Examples of key cloud models
      • Exhibit 15 – Examples of government cloud projects
      • Exhibit 16 – Cloud principles
      • Exhibit 17 – Examples of enterprise cloud projects
      • Exhibit 18 – IBM SmartCloud
      • Exhibit 19 – Item-level RFID use
      • Exhibit 20 – RFID spectrum frequencies and application examples
      • Exhibit 21 – Cows and the IoT
      • Exhibit 22 – Smart shopping
      • Exhibit 23 – Lifetime customer relationships
      • Exhibit 24 – Many Eyes – e-science web site example
      • Exhibit 25 – GigaPort3
      • Exhibit 26 – Real-time processing
      • Exhibit 27 – Examples of large data centres around the world
      • Exhibit 28 – Virtualisation
      • Exhibit 29 – Summary of key global trends for data centres
      • Exhibit 30 – Google Data Centres
      • Exhibit 31 – Artificial Intelligence (AI)
      • Exhibit 32 – White Spaces

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