Frost.com - Mobile and Wireless Communications Research http://www.frost.com/c/10392/home.do http://www.frost.com/c/10392/home.do - Mobile and Wireless Communications Research Frost & Sullivan Apple Performance Tracker, 2017 http://www.frost.com/prod/servlet/sublib/display-report.do?id=K1F2-01-00-00-00 http://www.frost.com/prod/servlet/sublib/display-report.do?id=K1F2-01-00-00-00 This Frost & Sullivan tracker provides metrics on Apple's quarterly performance (for both unit sales and revenues) for iPads, iPhones, Macs, and other products (which includes sales of iPods, Apple TVs, Beats Electronics, and Apple-branded and third-party accessories). The deliverable includes historical quarterly data for all categories from 2007 to Q2 2017 and annual year-over-year (YoY) growth rates to capture important trends in the Apple ecosystem. Thu, 17 Aug 2017 11:40:36 +0100 US Digital Consumer and Home Automation Market Transformation, Forecast to 2023 http://www.frost.com/prod/servlet/sublib/display-report.do?id=K1B4-01-00-00-00 http://www.frost.com/prod/servlet/sublib/display-report.do?id=K1B4-01-00-00-00 The digital consumer concept continues to evolve as new products, services, and solutions make their way to the home. At present, the notion of a digital consumer largely revolves around individuals that leverage the Internet for productivity, entertainment, and communication. Going forward, however, consumers are expected to leverage the power of the Internet of Things (IoT) to interact with a much larger ecosystem that includes external entities such as smart parking facilities, smart health, and smart cities. A plethora of new business models continues to emerge in the digital consumer segment, though many are yet to attain a critical mass of customers and sustained underlying profitability. In addition, the intensifying competitive environment is forcing solution providers to deliver differentiated value propositions at compelling price points to both current and prospective customers. Greater product and market diversification by existing providers as well as new market entrants which are threatening to redefine various consumer segments are also creating a rather fragmented competitive environment across various consumer segments. In addition, growth in the adoption and usage of digital devices and applications, including smartphones, content streaming, and social media, further adds to time poverty and declining attention span in consumers. This in turn creates significant customer engagement and communication challenges for marketers. Lastly, the onslaught of innovative technologies such as smart thermostats and smart door locks being adopted by the modern consumer, either on a piecemeal basis or as a solution, is creating compatibility, standards, and integration issues for vendors, prompting them to make additional investments in research and development (R&D) functions to ensure a seamless user experience (UX). While increasing digital transformation among consumers has created challenges for providers, new growth opportunities are emerging on the horizon. For instance, rising time poverty creates demand for innovative products such as digital assistants (e.g., Amazon Echo, Google Home, Apple HomePod) that perform various functions through voice commands, helping to simplify consumer lifestyle. Similarly, increasing awareness and understanding of the environmental impact of human consumption is helping to fuel demand for products and services, such as smart home irrigation systems, that enable greater conservation of natural resources while also adding convenience to the household and reducing costs. Within the home entertainment segment, over-the-top (OTT) video providers are increasingly differentiating their services by developing original/unique content rather than merely expanding their library of third-party syndicated content. In addition, OTT providers are developing artificial intelligence (AI)-based user interface tools to further enhance their value proposition. To counter the growing threat of OTT services to their core video business, traditional cable and satellite TV providers have launched their own content offerings, which include live TV streaming. Similarly, consumer product manufacturers, be they home appliance vendors or fitness device makers, are seeking ways to harness the power of Internet of Things (IoT) to deliver exceptional value while also expanding company revenue base and profitability. This study offers a conceptual framework of the overall digital consumer market and highlights areas of opportunity for a variety of market participants. While the digital consumer market is rather expansive and one that continues to evolve, this study closely examines the digital home automation market and the solutions involved. Home automation involves connecting various devices together so that they can be monitored and controlled through a centralized application. This study focuses on home automation pertaining to core home infrastructure. Tue, 8 Aug 2017 13:29:36 +0100 Artificial Intelligence versus Augmented Intelligence in Financial Services http://www.frost.com/prod/servlet/sublib/display-market-insight.do?id=297773773 http://www.frost.com/prod/servlet/sublib/display-market-insight.do?id=297773773 Several technological trends have simultaneously been impacting the development of artificial intelligence (AI). Those seen as drivers include increasing Internet penetration, exponential growth in computer processing capability Thu, 3 Aug 2017 00:00:00 +0100 Mexican Machine-to-Machine (M2M) Market, Forecast to 2022 http://www.frost.com/prod/servlet/sublib/display-report.do?id=K14B-01-00-00-00 http://www.frost.com/prod/servlet/sublib/display-report.do?id=K14B-01-00-00-00 This Frost & Sullivan research service on the Mexican M2M market provides detailed market forecasts for lines in service, revenues and price trends, drivers and restraints, and the main industry challenges analyzing the need for vertical-focused solutions. The Machine-to-Machine (M2M) market is poised to grow rapidly until 2022 in Mexico. With high mobile penetration, Mexican carriers are turning their attention to M2M as a new revenue source with significant potential. Traditional mobile operators are implementing strategies aimed at both capturing emerging M2M deals and positioning their offerings to attract future growth opportunities. The research service also provides competitive analyses of participants from 2016 to 2022. As enormous potential of M2M lies in its manifold uses, the research service covers the four top verticals in the Mexican M2M market. These are: Transport and logistics Banking and finance Energy and utilities Industry Additionally, the study provides lines in service and revenue forecasts and highlights the market trends for each vertical. In this market research, Frost & Sullivan's expert analysts examine the M2M value chain, market distribution channels, and its main three models, among others. M2M taxonomy is analyzed, divided in the key verticals for both types of end users: consumers and enterprises. The main adoption trends for these verticals are discussed, including smartphones and tablets, connected vehicles, wearables, connected health and connected home, in the case of key consumer verticals. As for the key enterprise verticals, the main trends are described for transport, automotive, retail, energy, utilities, industry, banking and finance, government, and healthcare. Additionally, the research service describes the main growth opportunities for companies in the ICT industry, as participants in the evolving ecosystem will become an integral part of the IoT value chain. This includes telecommunication service providers, hardware and software vendors, mobile applications developers, platform and technologies integrators, providers of equipment and machinery, and chipset vendors. As wireless communication infrastructures, service providers, and data management and analytics hardware and software providers are poised to lead the ICT innovation ecosystem in Latin America, strategic imperatives for success and growth are explained. This analysis presents some of the trends that Frost & Sullivan believes will shape, grow, and have great relevance within the M2M industry in Mexico. The study looks at the Mexican M2M market from the perspective of telecom operators that provide connectivity and M2M platforms for services such as managed services. As a conclusion, the research service identifies the opportunities for growth and makes recommendations on call to action. Wed, 2 Aug 2017 00:00:00 +0100 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 5G in Asia-Pacific, Forecast to 2022 http://www.frost.com/prod/servlet/sublib/display-report.do?id=P967-01-00-00-00 http://www.frost.com/prod/servlet/sublib/display-report.do?id=P967-01-00-00-00 5G is on its way. It may be closer to 2019-2020 for some but for others, it may be 2023-2025 before it materializes. In all the countries that are frontrunners of 5G in Asia-Pacific, 5G is benefiting from local government support coupled with local demand or at least the potential for demand for 5G services. The demand may be incentive or market driven. The drive for governments and industry regulators to push for faster internet speeds through 5G comes from the angle of its potential contribution towards a country s economic growth and digital economy transformation. Industry regulators need to understand what 5G is and why the right regulatory strategy will be essential to the success of 5G. For mobile network operators (MNOs), markets are saturating, competition is increasing, and revenues and/or profitability, especially from traditional core services, is declining. MNOs are under pressure to seek out new revenue streams that can be derived from innovative new services and the reduction in cost to serve. 5G will trigger a quicker transition to distributed, cloud native networks that leverage on NFV, SDN, and MEC to reduce cost to serve and improve on efficiency and profitability for MNOs. Further, with 5G offering latency below 1ms and larger bandwidths, mobile networks can gain an edge over fibre networks and regain competitiveness. This study covers the challenges and issues with 5G as well as the growth opportunities within the ecosystem and will be beneficial to strategists and marketeers to aid in formulating a 5G strategy and corresponding go-market or GTM plans. Industries benefiting from 5G, for example, cloud, software, network equipment manufacturing, and IoT applications/sensors, will find this study useful. Research Scope The market trends are analyzed for a study period of 2017 to 2022, with the base year being 2016. The study leveraged on primary research through interviews with 4 out of 5 radio access network equipment vendors supported by extensive secondary research and validated by key industry experts. A carefully curated selection of MNOs across Asia-Pacific was interviewed to get a more accurate view of the industry from within. The timeframe covered is from 2017 to 2022, of which the forecast period is from 2018 to 2022. Companies mentioned in this study include but are not limited to NTT DoCoMo, KDDI, Alcatel-Lucent, Fujitsu, KT, Vodafone, China Mobile, China Telecom, Unicom, China Broadcasting Network, Taiwan Star, Far EasTone, M1, Starhub, U Mobile, Telkomsel, AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, ZTE, NEC, Intel, Qualcomm, 5GAA, Yelp, Augment, Blippar, Daqri, Educreations, Quiver, Explain Everything and Aug That!. Countries covered include South Korea, Japan, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, the Philippines, Vietnam, Cambodia, India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Myanmar, Laos, and Brunei. Global benchmarks referred to within the study include the United States, the European Union, and the United Kingdom. Key Questions This Study Will Answer What is 5G and what are the major features of 5G? What are the likely frequencies and spectrum considerations? When will 5G be available for rollout and what is the optimum timing for 5G? How big will the market be for 5G? What are the likely use cases? Why should MNOs implement 5G and what is the best approach to deploying 5G? Thu, 20 Jul 2017 00:00:00 +0100 Use of Debit Cards in Malaysia Survey http://www.frost.com/prod/servlet/sublib/display-market-insight.do?id=297686700 http://www.frost.com/prod/servlet/sublib/display-market-insight.do?id=297686700 The debit card is being leveraged as a key enabler in Malaysia going cashless. However, there are a number of industry issues and bottlenecks that need to be addressed by the industry regulator as well as industry participants. Wed, 28 Jun 2017 00:00:00 +0100