Telecommunications market of Asian countries (defined as Bangladesh, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Vietnam) will grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 36% from 2007-2011, according to IDC. The data segment, which includes mobile data services, fixed line corporate data and Internet access services, grew strongly at 258% year-on-year in 2006, reaching $952 mln. While these four country markets will remain generally voice-centric throughout the forecast period, revenue share of the data segment will improve significantly from 17% in 2006 to over 30% by 2011. The mobile data segment from the four countries is anticipated to escalate at 41% CAGR from 2007-2011, driven by expected growth in SMS usage. Fixed lines data, on the other hand, will grow at 24% CAGR from 2007-2011.
Small and medium businesses in Pakistan invested more than $1.5 bln on ICT (info-communications technology) in 2007, AMI Partners said. Only 14% of SBs in Pakistan have adopted computers at present.
European Union added 19 mln broadband lines in 2007, the equivalent of more than 50,000 households a day. Sweden, Denmark, the Netherlands, Finland, the United Kingdom, Belgium, Luxembourg and France all now have higher broadband penetration than the US. European telecommunications market is now worth 300 bln euros, or $474 bln, 2% of European gross domestic product. EU broadband rates vary from 35.6 lines per hundred inhabitants in Denmark to 7.6 in Bulgaria.
Colombian telecommunications services market earned revenues of over $5.48 bln in 2006 and estimates this to reach $7.12 bln in 2012. Going forward, the voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) segment is likely to emerge as the fastest growing market segment, followed by the broadband and Internet access segment. During the forecast period, the VoIP segment is projected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 77.0% and the number of lines is expected to grow from 22,560 to 504,509, Frost & Sullivan says.
According to TIA, the US telecom industry will grow at an average annual rate of 7.2% in the period 2008-2011, reaching $1.3 trillion in 2011, compared with an average rate of 10%, reaching $3.6 trillion, for the rest of the world. Growth in the US industry will accelerate to 9.3% in 2008 from 8.3% in 2007, partly due to spending on network upgrades and a government spectrum auction.
Worldwide router market growth accelerated in 2007, and router sales are projected to grow by almost 50% over the next 5 years to reach $17 bln by 2012, Dell’Oro Group says.
Worldwide IT market will grow 5% in 2008, down from 2007 pace of 6%, according to IDC. Global IT spending is now projected to reach $1.38 trillion in 2008, up from just over $1.3 trillion in 2007. In the United States, growth is expected to weaken to 4% in 2008, compared with 6% in 2007. A 5% decline is expected for the US PC market in 2008, following 2007 growth of 2%.
More than 50% of directory assistance users underestimated the actual cost of mobile directory assistance charges; of that group, almost 19% thought it was free, according to V-ENABLE. Another 18% didn’t know the cost at all. Roughly 70% were wrong when citing the cost of actual fees.
Asia/Pacific (excluding Japan) telecom services market was worth over $215 bln in 2007, according to IDC. In terms of infrastructure, the networking equipment market grew 13% to $6.6 bln in 2007 while the carrier segment remained a stable market at $32 bln.
Small and medium businesses (SMBs, or companies with up to 999 employees) in the United Kingdom spent $12 bln on IT services in 2007, up some 8% over 2006. Up to 29% of the over $40 bln in IT and telecom spending by UK SMBs went towards IT services. In terms of spending, software development and integration, day-to-day IT management and process management are dominant categories for SMBs in the UK. As demand for third-party services continues to broaden, expenditures for services in other IT categories are increasing. Total SMB spending for managed security services reached $42 mln in 2007 and storage services climbed to a substantial $388 mln, up some 20% over in 2007.