Frost.com - IT Services and Applications Research http://www.frost.com/c/10371/home.do http://www.frost.com/c/10371/home.do - IT Services and Applications Research Frost & Sullivan Digital Transformation of Telecommunications Operators in South Africa, 2016 http://www.frost.com/prod/servlet/sublib/display-report.do?id=MD4F-01-00-00-00 http://www.frost.com/prod/servlet/sublib/display-report.do?id=MD4F-01-00-00-00 This study provides an analysis of the digital transformation of the South African telecommunications operators. The service provider scope includes mobile network operators (MNOs), fixed-line operators, and mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs) and end-user scope includes consumers, small and medium enterprises (SMEs), and large enterprises. This study explains the context of digital transformation in the telecommunications market, including digital customer engagement, and the strategic and tactical initiatives and the key digital trends that prompt operators to adopt digital transformation. It provides a snapshot of global digital transformation trends adopted by leading operators including AT&T, Etisalat, SK Telecom, Orange, Telefonica, BT, Deutsche Telekom, Singtel, Verizon, and Giffgaff in terms of network operations, strategies and service offerings, and customer engagement. The study provides an analysis of the South African telecommunications market, including the competitive market landscape along with the market share of mobile operators as well as highlighting the subscriber numbers and penetration rates for key indicators such as fixed-line communications, mobile communications, and Internet/data, 3G/4G network coverage, and segment-wise revenue breakdown for the base year 2016, with forecast measurements for 2017. It identifies the key market drivers and restraints that are urging South African telecommunications operators to adopt digital transformation and analyses the overall mobile communications market revenue, operators revenue against their IT spending, extent of operator s digitalisation and its business impact, and operators digital readiness index. The study discusses case studies of leading telecommunications operators like Vodacom, MTN, and Telkom in the digital transformation context. Analyses their digital transformation strategy in terms of customer, operations, and people; historical revenue performance and how digitalisation is driving the revenue numbers; and the strategic initiatives adopted by them over the years in B2B as well as B2C segments to accelerate their journey. It explores key growth opportunities that telecommunications operators will look to investing in and the strategic imperatives they will adopt to accelerate their digital transformation journey. It also throws light on the key predictions for the South African telecommunications market, in terms of digital transformation. Key questions this study will answer: What are the global digital transformation trends in the telecommunications market, in terms of network operations, digital strategies and service offerings, and customer engagement? What are the key market drivers and restraints for adopting digital transformation in the South African telecommunications market? What the key South African telecommunications market indicators, in terms of fixed-line, mobile, Internet/data, and 3G/4G network coverage? What is the overall South African mobile communications market revenue, operators revenue versus their IT spend, extent of operator s digitalisation and its business impact, and digital readiness index? How are the key South African telecommunication operators progressing in their digital transformation journey in terms of strategies and revenue performance? What are the 5 major growth opportunities that South African operators can capitalise on so as to expedite their digital transformation journey? Mon, 31 Jul 2017 00:00:00 +0100 Blockchain Technology Powering Emerging Applications http://www.frost.com/prod/servlet/sublib/display-report.do?id=D7B7-01-00-00-00 http://www.frost.com/prod/servlet/sublib/display-report.do?id=D7B7-01-00-00-00 Blockchain refers to a distributed ledger technology that is programmed to maintain records of financial and non-financial (anything of value) transactions. Technology advancements in blockchain in the recent years have led to significant improvements in quality and reductions in overall cost, and have attracted deep investments from private companies, federal bodies, and other funding organizations globally. The objective of this research service is to understand development trends, offer a technology roadmap for ecosystem participants, identify the key emerging applications across industries, highlight patent trends, and assess the future opportunities in the blockchain space. In brief, this research service provides the following: A brief snapshot and overview of blockchain and its types Development trends impacting mega trends Key emerging application areas across industries Key market participants across industry-specific applications Market sizing and future opportunities Evaluate the future roadmap and understand key insights Key patent trends in blockchain Thu, 29 Jun 2017 00:00:00 +0100 Technology Advancements Shaping Big Data Progress http://www.frost.com/prod/servlet/sublib/display-report.do?id=D7B6-01-00-00-00 http://www.frost.com/prod/servlet/sublib/display-report.do?id=D7B6-01-00-00-00 With the advent of Internet of Things (IoT) devices, data are growing rapidly and are becoming an integral part of the evolving IT infrastructure. Big Data analytics (BDA) refers to a set of data management tools, applications, and techniques for effective analysis of Big Data sets so as to derive intelligence on business operations and customer interactions. BDA is capable of processing both structured and unstructured data from various sources. The recent trend in the data management space is to enable scalability in data analytics and to ensure details of smaller entities are analyzed appropriately. BDA is bringing in step-changing innovation across sectors of economic activity for efficient data management. However, there are few challenges restricting the adoption of the technology. At present, the market is experiencing some technology convergence with the advancement in some supporting technologies to address these challenges with Big Data technology space. This research service identifies the key technology development areas within information and communication technology industry that have the potential to not only address the challenges of the Big Data space, but also facilitate development of next generation applications through convergence. Thu, 29 Jun 2017 00:00:00 +0100