BuddeComm Intelligence Report - The Sharing and Networking Economy


In 2017 the number of companies operating in the sharing economy will continue to rise rapidly as more and more business models are experimented with. Household names already include Uber, Airbnb etc. The public seems to be embracing this phenomenon and are flocking to join these platforms across the globe.

The ‘sharing economy’ movement delivers a whole new range of ideas and services. Often utilising our modern digital tools of smart phones, apps, location based technology, near-field communications, fixed broadband, social networks, m-payments etc – the notion is to share excess goods and services with the broader community, sometimes for profit. In particular - mobile apps are being developed in order for consumers to easily access the shared opportunities. This report explores the emerging phenomenon of the Shared Economy and provides valuable examples from around the world.

Latest Developments

The sharing and networking economy is opening up a whole new range of business opportunities for personal and personalised services. Interesting business models based around car and bike sharing, money lending, clothing swaps, pet minding and currency exchange are emerging. Legal and regulatory issues are arising due to some of the services disrupting and transforming existing industries (e.g. Uber, Lyft).

Table of Contents

  • 1. Synopsis
  • 2. The maturing of the sharing economy
  • 3. Robots vs the sharing economy
  • 4. Computer transactions, not people, are driving the need for all-fibre networks
  • 5. Collaborative consumption
    • 5.1 Opportunities
    • 5.2 Inhibitors
  • 6. Sharing economy published statistics
    • 6.1 Space rental and ride-sharing set to drive sharing economy
  • 7. Examples of sharing economy services
    • 7.1 Concierge services
    • 7.2 Vacant parking spaces on the internet
    • 7.3 YouTube for authors
    • 7.4 Currency Exchange
  • 8. Transport a key area for the sharing economy
  • 9. Crowdsourced WiFi, homespots
    • 9.1.1 Community WiFi around the world
    • 10. Related reports
    • Table 1 – Global – homespots by the major providers – 2014

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