2017 - Global Telecoms Trends in 2018 - Broadband Infrastructure, IoT, Video-Streaming and Smart Cities

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Last updated: 26 Jul 2017 Update History

Report Status: Archived

Report Pages: 114

Lead Analyst: Kylie Wansink

Contributing Analyst: Paul Budde

Publication Overview

The global telecoms sector continues to underpin the massive digital transformation taking place and its importance to global societies and economies is undiminished. A number of underlying trends continue to propel the global telecoms industry; including the developments relating to the Internet of Things (IoT), also known as the Internet of Everything (IoE). Specifically, within the IoT movement, BuddeComm sees cloud technology, Big Data analytics and Machine-to-Machine adoption and deployment continuing to shape the industry. This report explores the key global trends impacting upon the telecoms sector as we look towards 2018, supported by valuable analyses, examples and current key global telecoms statistics including fixed broadband, mobile communications, mobile broadband, satellite and telecoms revenue and CAPEX.

Subjects include:

  • Key Trends for Global Telecoms;
  • Key Statistics for Global Telecoms;
  • Analysis of Internet of Things, Big Data and M2M;
  • Analysis of Cloud Technology;
  • Broadband and Fibre-to-the-Premises (FttP);
  • Mobile infrastructure (LTE and 5G);
  • Video Streaming;
  • Smart Cities.

Researchers:- Kylie Wansink.
Current publication date:- July 2017 (14th Edition)

Executive Summary

Telecoms infrastructure and digital technologies lead the way

There are a number of industries leading the current changes brought about by the digital evolution - but none more so than the ICT industry. This sector alone has been transformational in developing the appropriate infrastructure, services and equipment required to underpin our societies of the future.

The enormous shift towards digital technologies continues to escalate and the way the world communicates, conducts business, socialises, receives healthcare and education is under-going a massive change. The way we design and build our cities is also evolving as cities around the world make tangible plans and infrastructure decisions to support the future Smart Cities.

The underlying trends of M2M, Big Data Analytics, Cloud Computing and the over-arching Internet of Things will continue to grow from strength to strength in 2018.

In general, the telecoms operators will focus more heavily on customer retention and churn in the face of dwindling revenues, while also improving mobile and fixed broadband infrastructure with the future in mind. The apps and services generated by digital technologies, including video streaming, will continue to place great pressure on infrastructure and bandwidth. 

The large operators are continuously seeking new revenue streams, including moving into vertical and international markets. This will result in an increasing amount of consolidation and acquisition in 2018 as companies re-position themselves and jostle for market share.

4G LTE deployment is a key trend around much of the world and in appropriate markets there is also a keen investment in fixed broadband based on fibre. 5G developments have also gained pace and will continue to be a key area of focus in 2018.

Many of the operators in the emerging markets will focus primarily on mobile infrastructure with lower priced smart phones becoming a dominant trend. Mobile broadband infrastructure is becoming increasingly important in the emerging markets of Middle East, Asia, Africa and Latin America, as the large populations place more and more demand on existing infrastructure.

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