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.

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.

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

4G and LTE

The next-generation 4G technology for both GSM and CDMA cellular carriers is referred to as LTE or Long Term Evolution. Approved in 2008 with download speeds up to 173 Mbps, LTE was defined by the 3G Partnership Project in the 3GPP Release 8 specification.

LTE uses a different air interface and packet structure than previous 3G systems, which are GSM’s UMTS (WCDMA and HSPA) and CDMA’s EV-DO. However, it is envisioned that all GSM and CDMA2000 carriers will eventually migrate to LTE to provide an interoperable cellular system worldwide.

LTE, Officially 4G, is considerably faster than GSM’s HSPA and CDMA’s EV-DO but was considered a 3G technology by the ITU until late 2010. Along with WiMAX 2, the ITU previously designated LTE-A (LTE-Advanced) as the true 4G evolution. In late 2010, the ITU widened its definition to include regular LTE, WiMAX and HSPA+ as bona fide 4G technologies since they are considerably faster than existing 3G networks. See IMT-Advanced.

E-UTRA/OFDMA, IP and IMS
LTE uses the Evolved UMTS Terrestrial Radio Access (E-UTRA) air interface, which is based on OFDMA and is a departure from the TDMA used in GSM and the CDMA used in GSM/UMTS and CDMA2000 (see GSM and CDMA). In addition, rather than proprietary packet structures, LTE is based entirely on IP packets, and voice travels over IP (VoIP). The IP part of LTE is called “Evolved Packet System” (EPS), which was previously called “System Architecture Evolution” (SAE).

Two Telecoms for Sale in Colombia

Empresa Telecomunicaciones BogotaColombia’s telecommunications could offer substantial returns for investors willing to take on emerging market risks. The outlook is promising for the Colombian economy, which is forecast to grow by an average of 4.5% annually during the 2010-2020 decade.

EmcaliTwo state-owned companies are up for sale. They are ETB, with about 26% of the country’s fixed lines in services, and the other is Emcali, with about 7%. During 2011, radical transformations are expected both in terms of market consolidation and in the provision of new services, with fixed-line operators ETB and Emcali seeking strategic partners and/or investors.

For further details on the very dynamic Colombian Telecom Market, see this report: Colombian Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband Markets Forecasts.

Australia Internet, Broadband and Digital Economy Statistics

New Report about Australia Telecommunications

This report provides 160 statistical tables for Internet, broadband and all aspects of the digital economy and telecommunications in Australia

Australia is among the leading countries whose government is actively investigating the social and economic benefits that can be achieved through the deployment of a mainly fibre-based telecommunications infrastructure. Services that depend on high quality broadband infrastructure include tele-health, e-education, e-business, digital media, e-government, smart meters, and so forth.

The decision from the Australian government to launch a $43 billion national FttH broadband network is a clear indication that they believe broadband is an essential telecommunications infrastructure. A digital economy requires an open broadband infrastructure, and there is widespread support for this visionary plan in Australia.

For complete information, read the executive summary in Australia Telecommunications.

Americans Adopt the Smartphones

In the very competitive and fast-growing smartphone market, the future launch of the new iPhone 4 represents the opportunity to capture market share for Apple. Other manufacturers and platforms within the smartphone market, must rely heavily on brand awareness and positive word-of-mouth to sustain upward momentum in their quest for market share. According to data from comScore MobiLens, smartphone penetration in the U.S. has grown from 11 percent of mobile subscribers in April 2009 to more than 20 percent in April 2010 — nearly double in just one year. The total number of smartphone subscribers now totals more than 48 million.

In early 2010, 3G subscribers accounted for around 13% of all mobile subscribers worldwide. Despite the financial crisis, it is full steam ahead for one of the largest emerging markets – China, which is benefitting from huge investments in 3G network deployment. India is also finalising 3G licensing arrangements despite the regulatory battles that have hindered developments there in the past. After more than five years of waiting, the business case for 3G is beginning to build around the world and most 3G deployments now rollout smoothly in contrast to the many problems experienced in early years. Read more about 3G market developments, including forecasts and global 3G subscriber statistics.