All the major developments on a global scale relate to digital media activities. To a large extent the telecoms and media industries are now being driven by the developments in this market. BuddeComm has been talking about VoIP, VoD and IPTV for many years, but the traditional companies have failed to deliver these services. As a result, developments are now moving to the web where companies such as Google/YouTube, eBay/Skype, Amazon, Yahoo, MSN, News Corp/MySpace and so on are the leaders. Current changes in this rapidly converging industry will force the telcos to spend more on IT and, as they don’t have the necessary skills in this field, more and more of this will be outsourced. This report outlines some of the key developments occurring in the industry as we move into 2008. Examples of topics covered include the emerging Femtocell technology, Vodafone’s support of WiMAX and key trends in mobile communications and mobile data sectors. The report also provides a brief overview of some of the interesting developments taking place on a regional level.
Table of Contents
2.1 Digital media key driver
2.2 Media no market for telcos
2.4 Outsourcing services
2.5 Equipment vendors
3. Changing consumer issues in a changing telecoms environment - analysis
3.1 Commodity-based industry – commodity-based customer feedback
3.2 Open networks will involve more and new players
3.3 First changes within the next three years
3.4 Consumer will become more central
3.5 National healthcare, education and energy services
3.6 Over time the market will sort it out – the problems will occur in the transition period
4. Developments by region
4.1 North America – fibre, VoIP and little competition
4.2 Western Europe – Leading mobile and broadband innovations
4.3 Eastern Europe – catching up very quickly
4.4 Middle East – oil-fired exuberance
4.5 Africa – will the bubble burst?
4.6 Latin America – to privatise or not to privatise
4.7 Asia – tipping points and clever outsourcing
5. Other developments to watch
5.1 Fixed Mobile Convergence (FMC)
5.1.1 Femtocells for home base-stations
5.2 Wireless broadband
5.2.1 Vodafone supporting WiMAX
5.2.2 Digitising the spectrum
5.3 Mobile communications
5.3.1 Sim-only market is growing
5.4 Mobile data
5.4.1 Will HSPA break through into the broadband market?
We wanted to extend our Com World Series of telecoms industry events to the South Pacific region and we were in urgent need of a partner in the region who could assist us with confirming the involvement of governments, telcos and more. Paul Budde and his team executed this perfectly. Paul also provided us with very high quality reports on every aspect of the project, including an amazingly thorough and actionable report on the conference presentations and discussion.
Joe Willcox, Commercial Content Director, Emap Connect, Emap