As mobile operators expand their geographical horizons, they are increasingly finding themselves setting up shop in emerging markets; markets that are dynamic and undergoing major economic and social transition. However, as many have recently found out, such markets are not without their challenges and can often play home to political unrest. Providing the lines of communication to the general public during times of intense political turmoil can be a gruelling task for operators.
This year, 100G fibre is expected to generate revenues of over $1bn for the first time, according to research firm Ovum. The firm analysed financial results from 1Q13 in the global optical networking market and found several trends, including one disappointing trend that market growth overall remained difficult, with only Japan’s Fujitsu posting sequential and year-on-year gains.
Competition and investment in the global telecoms industry is being held back by inconsistent regulatory frameworks, according to research firm Ovum. The firm assessed and ranked the regulatory performance of 11 countries across three geographic areas in the second iteration of its annual Regulatory Scorecard.
Despite the economic downturn, intense competition, and regulatory actions, revenues for the European wholesale telecoms market remained steady between 2010 and 2011, according to research firm Ovum. In the firm’s annual analysis of the size of the European wholesale market it revealed that the market was worth $48.4bn in 2011, just 0.5 per cent less than in 2010. This represents 11 per cent of the leading wholesalers’ total European revenues.
The Chinese government is to make fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) connectivity mandatory in the construction of new residences. The country’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology will introduce the legislation from April 1, 2013 according to local reports.
Total global telecom operator revenue has exceeded $2tn in 2012 according to analysis published by Ovum. 60 per cent of that figure was generated by mobile operators and, although overall growth is expected to be minimal over the next five years, Ovum believes some segments will still have above-average growth over the period.
With traditional network architectures struggling to cope with more dynamic applications and services, software-defined networking (SDN) provides the answer to operators’ woes, according to research firm Ovum. The company believes SDN will be key in enabling future networks to become more flexible, scalable and intelligent.
Operators are under-utilising valuable customer information stored on their servers, when instead they could use it to create alternative revenue streams to their traditional voice, SMS and data business.
A report from UK analyst firm Ovum has found that preliminary results for the FTTx, DSL and CMTS markets in the second quarter of this year show a mix of growth and declines as multiple transitions in fixed access technologies and products continued.
Worldwide spending on global optical networking equipment contracted in the second quarter of this year on an annual basis, despite growth of six per cent in Asia-Pacific and South & Central America (SCA), says a new report from business analysts Ovum (part of Informa Telecoms & Media, publisher of Telecoms.com).
Two of Europe’s biggest operators, Telefónica and France Telecom have announced their quarterly results, both seeing declines in net profit as they battle with market conditions and increased data usage. Spanish operator group Telefónica saw its net profit fall by 34.4 per cent year-on-year for the half-year, to reach 2.08bn, down from the 3.2bn the firm recorded in the same period a year ago. This is despite the operator’s consolidated first-half revenues totalling €30.98bn; a 0.3 per cent increase year-on-year.
Latin American operator group América Móvil is increasing its presence in Europe by acquiring a 21 per cent stake in Telekom Austria. The purchase comes in the same week that the operator increased its stake in Dutch operator KPN.
Telefónica has announced that it has sold a 4.56 per cent stake in China Unicom for HK$10,963.3 ($1.413bn). The deal leaves the Spanish operator group with a 5.01 stake in the Chinese firm.
India’s Department of Telecom (DoT) has approved plans to release more 1800MHz spectrum in each of the country’s circles ahead of the 2G re-auction, set to be held after all licences were revoked by the Supreme Court amid allegations of corruption.
UK operator Everything Everywhere is campaigning for permission to launch 4G services before its domestic competitors. To support its plea to regulator Ofcom, the operator has commissioned research that outlines the “significant economic and social benefits” that will come about by bringing 4G to the UK.
With Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2012 set to kick off in Barcelona on Monday, analyst firm Ovum has collated the views of some of its analysts to reveal what they expect to see at this year’s event. The progress made by operators in responding to the increase in mobile data traffic will be interesting to note at this year’s event, according to Steven Hartley, analyst for telco strategy. He said that operators are beginning to set aside old assumptions, prejudices, and ways of doing business.
Operators can expect to see the next billion mobile connections to come from rural areas in emerging markets, according to analyst Ovum. The research house said although users in such areas typically do not have access to basic infrastructure or utilities, they are aware of the transformative potential of mobile phones and are eager to invest in a convenient device.
Despite falling prices, consumers living in emerging markets are still paying far more for broadband than their mature market counterparts, putting it completely out of reach for the majority of them, according to research firm Ovum.
Global telecoms service providers need to strengthen their efforts in the Asia-Pacific region to make the most of the opportunities available, according to research firm Ovum. David Molony, principal analyst at Ovum, said that the total value of deals announced by global telecoms providers in the second half of 2010 was $16.86 billion, but only three per cent of this figure was business won in Asia-Pacific.
Global consumer fixed broadband revenues will overtake voice for the first time in 2012, according to analyst firm Ovum, as consumer landlines decline in number by 18 per cent over the next five years. While fixed voice is set to decline, fixed broadband is forecast to grow enjoy continued, steady growth.