Global Digital Media – The Unstoppable Video Streaming, TV and Entertainment Industries

The global digital media entertainment market continues to go from strength to strength in 2015. This highly competitive industry sector is flourishing on the back of improved mobile and broadband infrastructure and consumers continue to embrace being entertained and connected via gaming, social media, video streaming and music. Advertising models are expanding in order to capture revenue from an industry where direct revenue-generating business models are not well received by the broader public. Read the executive summary here.

South Korea Digital Economy Report

In South Korea widespread adoption of Internet together with the continued pace of development has resulted in a strong digital economy. This report looks at various aspects of the digital economy in South Korea that support the drive to digital services. It includes forecasts to 2017 in fixed-line, mobile, internet and broadband subscribers. See more

Here is a link to more Asian Telecom Reports by individual countries.

2014 Key Developments in Africa and Middle East

With introduction of 3G and 4G mobile technology, broadband Internet access in Africa has become a reality. Voice calls are at low prices, however broadband services have remained expensive due to lack of international and local fibre optic infrastructure. This is now changing, and digital economies similar to the ones found in the Middle East no doubt will develop in Africa. Read the report summary.

M2M and Big Data Global Trends Report

M2M (Machine-to-Machine) communications, also referred to as the ‘Internet of Things’, is going to change and transform every single sector of society and the economy in the near future. From this scenario or environment new businesses and indeed new industries will be born.

In the following 17 minute video, Dr. John Barrett, Head of Academic Studies at the Nimbus Centre for Embedded Systems Research at Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) and Group Director of the Centre’s Smart Systems Integration Research Group, talk about the Internet of Things. His research is focused on packaging, miniaturisation and embedding of smart systems in materials, objects and structures.


Belarus Telecommunications Special Report

Belarus_flagBudde annual publication, Belarus – Telecoms, IP Networks and Digital Media and Forecasts, provides a comprehensive overview of the trends and developments in the telecoms sector in Belarus, one of Eastern Europe’s key emerging markets. It incorporates the latest Ministry of Communication’s market data, telcos’ operational and financial data to Q1 2012, and market developments into mid-2012. The report provides an overview of the telecoms market including the mobile voice and data, broadband and digital media sectors. Read the executive summary.

Egypt Mobile Market Report

Egypt launched third generation (3G) mobile services in 2007, following the award of the country’s third mobile licence the previous year. The record price that was paid for the licence indicated the potential that is seen in the Egyptian mobile market, and the penetration rate has indeed multiplied since and broke the 100% barrier in 2011. Currently the strongest growth is in mobile broadband services, which offers the network operators new revenue streams. A fourth mobile license may be tendered in 2013.

This report is an overview of the Egyptian Mobile Market, with statistics and forecasts about the major developments in the market and profiles of the companies involved, including 3G mobile broadband growth and ARPU (Average Revenue Per User) trends for the major mobile operators. It also contains an in-depth analysis of the third mobile license valuation and market forecasts to 2013 and 2016.

Telecoms, Mobiles and Broadband in the Caribbean

In most Caribbean countries the telecoms market has been liberalised, with only a few sectors in some island groups remaining monopoly enterprises. Alternative operators are active in within the full range of telecom services. The Caribbean region has a range of small markets with limited potential for growth, yet the main telcos – LIME and Digicel – have shown considerable confidence in the sector, with a willingness to invest in their fixed-line and mobile networks and so encourage consumer use of high-end data services. As such, their expectation is for future revenue streams to be derived from the migration of customers from 2G to 3G and 4G networks, and from basic broadband services to comprehensive bundled offers.

Most island groups continue to suffer from the economic downturn, with fewer tourists than there were before 2009. Yet recent encouraging figures for tourist arrivals, at least in some countries, promise slowly revitalising economies during 2012. This has been supported by funding from the IMF and World Bank in some cases, and by government efforts at economic diversification. Continuing regulatory developments have also focussed on the few remaining monopolies with a view to encouraging market competition. All in all, the telecoms sector is set to continue being one of the Caribbean region’s major growth industries. Read summary here