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USA Targets Telecoms Trade Barriers in China, Pakistan and India

A report by a US government office has highlighted what it says are trade barriers facing US telecoms firms seeking to operate in overseas markets. Click here for more.


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Pakistan Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband, and Digital Media Statistics and Analyses 2017 – Research and Markets

The “Pakistan – Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband, and Digital Media – Statistics and Analyses” report has been added to Research and Markets’ offering. Click here for more.


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Bhutan Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband, and Digital Economy Statistics and Analyses 2017 – Research and Markets

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What 2012 will mean for the telecoms industry

Telecoms.com brings you forecasts and predictions for 2012

As 2011 draws to a close, Telecoms.com examines the trends that are defining the industry to see how industry players can best capitalise on the opportunities that will present themselves in the year ahead.

Smartphones – It’ll come as no surprise to anyone in the industry to hear that smartphones sales are expected to continue growing next year.  Statistics from Informa Telecoms & Media reveal that the number of total smartphones sold globally are forecasted to increase from 342.4m in 2011 to 439.1m in 2012.

Google is expected to be victorious in the smartphone market over the year, as it will see 142.59m Android handsets sold in 2012, up from the 94.26m sold this year, according to Informa’s figures. This could be a landmark year for the company, as its Android OS could even surpass sales of Symbian handsets, which are expected to reach 137.26m in 2012. Sales of Apple’s iPhone range, meanwhile, are forecasted to grow from 46.1m units to 52m units globally.

LTE – 2012 will be the year LTE takes off as LTE subscriptions globally are expected to rise from 6.5m to 22.9m over the course of the year.  The two regions that will spearhead the LTE movement will be Asia-Pacific and North America. The number of LTE subscribers in Asia Pacific are expected to grow from 1.6m to 6.9m, while in North America, the figure will reach 10.1m  up from 3.5m, according to the analyst.

IPTV – The popularity of IPTV is expected to continue growing steadily, says Informa. The market is expected to rise from 35.8m subscribers to 44m. Asia-Pacific and Western Europe will be most responsible for this growth, with numbers of IPTV service customers rising from 9.6m to 12.4m in Asia-Pacific and 12.4m to 14.4m in Western Europe. One factor that could disrupt the market is the long-anticipated launch of Apple TV, which is due next year. The launch could spur growth of IPTV if it has anywhere near a similar impact of what the iPhone made on the smartphone industry when that first launched.

Mobile users – 2012 will see more people in developed nations gaining access to mobile phones. India will surpass China to become the world’s largest mobile market in terms of subscriptions, it is forecasted, as it will have added roughly 200m mobile subscriptions throughout 2011. India will also see nearly 590m access lines added to its fixed and mobile networks over the next five years, according to data from Pyramid Research, compared with China’s 535m. Meanwhile, global fixed line broadband subscriptions are predicted to reach 651m. In 2011, that figure stood at 576.8m.

Mobile Banking - Mobile Banking is a hot trend and revenues are set to almost double globally, from $ 1560.3m to $ 2880.4m in 2012, according to Informa. This will be spurred by a rise in remote payments globally, which are expected to rise from $ 644.8m to $ 1088.8m and the most growth will be seen in the use of mobile international funds transfer services, which is forecast to grow in revenues from $ 154.9m to $ 501.3m.

Revenues from mobile banking are set to almost double in many markets across the world, There will be almost a 150 per cent increase in Latin America, where it will grow from $ 36.51m to $ 84.27m and revenues from mobile banking will hit $ 1,486.7m from $ 890.9m in the Asia Pacific region.

Location-based services – Mobile location-based services are also set to hit new heights, and will generate almost $ 4,710.8m, up from $ 3,221.1m in 2011, according to Informa’s expectations.  Personal navigation services will account for $ 1,917.6m, while enterprise location-based services will drum up $ 1,655.1m. And mobile social networking will continue to grow. Informa expects the number of mobile social networking users to increase from 316.8m in 2011 to 476.3m in 2012, 218.5m of whom will be from Asia-Pacific.

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Finland Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband, and Digital Media Statistics and Analyses 2017-2022 – Research and Markets

The “Finland – Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband, and Digital Media – Statistics and Analyses” report has been added to Research and Markets’ offering. Click here for more.


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Ukraine Telecoms Affected by Cyber Attacks from Crimea

Ukraine’s security services chief says that the country’s telecommunications have come under attack from equipment being installed in Crimea by the Russian military. Click here for more.


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India Government Mandates Local Suppliers for Telecoms Kit

India’s government has outlined its plans to offer preferential treatment to local telecoms equipment manufacturers. Click here for more.


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France Telecoms Service Report 2017: Operator and Government Focus on Providing Ultra-Fast Speed Mobile and Fixed Broadband to Drive Market Growth – Research and Markets

Research and Markets has announced the addition of the “France: Operator and Government Focus on Providing Ultra-Fast Speed Mobile and Fixed Broadband to Drive Market Growth” report to their offering. Click here for more.


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US Telecoms Regulator to Carry Out Review of Radio Spectrum Policy

The USA’s telecoms regulator, the FCC says that it is to take a fresh look at its mobile spectrum holding policies given the changes in technology, spectrum availability, and the mobile marketplace since the last review of these rules more than a decade ago. Click here for more.


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European telecoms reform faces delay

The European Commission has said that its proposals to reform of the EU telecoms market are unlikely to gain approval before September or October 2014

The European Commission has said that its proposals to reform of the EU telecoms market are unlikely to gain approval before September or October 2014

Further restrictions on European roaming charges are now likely to be introduced in September or October, rather than July as originally planned. In its initial proposals to reform the EU telecoms market, the European Commission intended to ban incoming call charges for roaming citizens within the region by July 1st 2014.

“We won’t have the sign off from the national governments of the EU member states in July,” an EC spokesman told to Telecoms.com. “It’ll certainly be in 2014, but it’s much more likely we’ll see it finalised in September and October.”

The spokesman said that the EC is confident that the package will remain intact structurally but admitted that it is likely that there will be some compromises made on its way to gaining approval from EU committees and member state governments.

“It won’t look exactly how we wrote it, but we’re confident that it will stay roughly together the way we wanted it and that we’ll get it finished by October,” he said.

“We’re not too concerned if that’s a little bit delayed, what matters is that we get the final agreement and we’re on track to do that in September.”

The proposals are already fully supported by the EC and in the next stage, they will be sent to the European Parliament, where various committees will examine them and offer suggestions and amendments. Then in April 2014, all 700 MEPs will take a vote on the proposals. The proposals will then be sent on to member state governments.

“The first real step is April when you get the full parliament giving a vote,” said the spokesman. “Then you know exactly what you’re negotiating with with the member states. They will then carry out those negotiations over the two months that follow.”

A qualified majority of member states – 20 out of the 28 – must vote for the proposals for them to gain approval, and the member states will decide between them when the vote will take place. The EC claims this is likely to happen at a meeting in September or October.

Once the proposals are approved, it will officially become EU law, and member states will have to fully implement the proposals.

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