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.

Broadband Growing in Emerging Markets

Governments of most countries recognise that mobile applications and web services can deliver concrete benefits promoting progress and better education to their population.  New web applications offer huge promise through lower costs and greater coverage to improve the quality of life of the people in emerging economies.

Developing countries cannot afford to miss out on the development, growth and trade opportunities offered by broadband infrastructure. Far beyond the tangible economic benefits realized through broadband infrastructure in jobs, trade and productivity – the information and education services offered by the Internet are now public goods with truly global dimensions.

More information on the views of broadband from various leaders around the world as well as information on the broadband markets of the emerging economies of Russia, India, Gabon, Tonga, Nigeria, South Africa and China available 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).

Global Mobile Broadband

The global mobile broadband market continues to gain momentum and is becoming an increasingly exciting sector to watch. One of the key reasons for this growth is the fact that due to competition and a saturated mobile voice market, the operators have been forced to offer very competitive capped data packages. Non-SMS mobile data is now growing as it is becoming easier to access via mobile devices such as smart phones. Mobile networks are also improving as 3.5G (HSPA) continues to be deployed and wireless broadband technologies (4G) emerge over the next few years. While on deck mobile data usage remains strong, off deck usage to both mobile specific Internet sites and regular sites is also growing rapidly. Read the executive summary.

The Android Phone

In the Mobile World Congress that took place last February 15-18, 2010 in Barcelona, Spain, more than 1,300 technology companies including Google, Microsoft and Samsung displayed their latest cutting-edge  products. One of the main technologies exhibited was the new android open source platform and devices developed by Google. To get a good idea of what the Android Open Source Project is all about, look at the following video:

Android is the first free, open source, and fully customizable mobile platform. Android offers a full stack: an operating system, middleware, and key mobile applications. It also contains a rich set of APIs that allows third-party developers to develop great applications. One of the strongest challengers to the Microsoft Windows Phone 7 is Google, with its Android open source platform.

A year or so ago, the G1 and a phone by HTC were the only Android phones on sale.  At present there are 27 models on the market, which are available in 59 countries.  Other androids will soon be available to the public from Sony Ericsson, which presented Android models at the 2010 Mobile World Congress, including the very compact X10 mini and X10 mini pro. Look at the impressive features of this android smart phone. The best news is that the prices are expected to drop lower in the near future.

Mobile World Congress 2010

At the recent Mobile World Congress 2010 that took place in the city of Barcelona, Eric Schmidt, the Chairman & CEO of Google, addresses the audience with an excellent presentation that could be called in his own words Mobile First. He gives great importance to three things in the future of technology: computation, connectivity and the cloud. You must register (free) to see the 74 minute presentation, but it is worth your time.

Mobile Internet is gaining importance the world over. To keep up to date, here are the latest reports about Mobile Internet.  Mobile phones are increasingly becoming the preferred communication tool for personal and business use, and 2010 will offer users a number of innovations.  Smart phones have advantages over the standard mobile phone to deal with these advances because of their large display screens and speedy internet connections.

There are already phones on the market using 1 gigahertz chips, says Andy Rubin, who works on Google’s Android platform. Mobile Technology is gaining importance the world over. To keep up to date, here are the latest reports about MobileTechnology .