International phone calls up 12% in 2008

Cross-border telephone traffic grew 14% in 2007 and is estimated to have grown 12% in 2008, to 384 billion minutes. Due to declining call prices, however, revenues have largely been flat. While international telephone traffic is increasing at a modest pace, Skype’s international traffic has soared: TeleGeography estimates that Skype’s cross-border traffic grew approximately 41% in 2008, to 33 billion minutes, equivalent to 8% of combined international telephone traffic, TeleGeography says.

Average Brit spends 7 hours 9 minutes watching TV

Every day in 2007, an average UK consumer spent 7 hours and 9 minutes watching TV, on the phone, using the internet or using other telecom services, Ofcom reports. But the average UK household spend on communications in 2007 was 93.63 pounds a month – a fall of 1.53 pounds on 2006. TV remains the most popular pastime, with the average person watching for 3 hours and 38 minutes a day in 2007.

Total spending in network services to reach $9.1 bln in 2012 in Asia

According to IDC, over 70% of respondents in markets such as Australia, China, and India indicated that solutions pertaining to the network were either important or very important. Total spending in Network services (which includes Network Consulting & Integration Services (NCIS) and Network Management (NM)) will grow from $4.7 bln in 2007 to $9.1 bln in 2012 at a compound annual growth rate of 13.7% from 2007-2012. This bids well for companies such as IBM, HP, and Dimension Data (including Datacraft), ranked by IDC as the top players (in terms of revenue) in APEJ for the calendar year 2007.

Telecom spending to reach $923.91 bln in 2008

Total communications spending is projected to increase 5.4% to $923.91 bln in 2008, as strong gains in the institutional and alternative media sectors offset the downward pressure of declining traditional advertising spending, according to Veronis Suhler Stevenson. The industry’s primary growth driver in 2008 is the institutional sector, particularly professional & business information services and education & training media. Institutional media spending is expected to increase 8.5% to $245.39 bln in 2008. Total spending on communications will continue to outpace U.S. economic growth during the 2007-2012 period, increasing at a 6.2% CAGR compared with a 5.6% CAGR for nominal GDP. Communications will be the second-fastest growing of the 15 U.S. economic sectors during the forecast period and will exceed $1 trln in 2010, with spending reaching $1.183 trln in 2012, according to the VSS Forecast.

EMEA router market generated $1.01 bln in Q1 2008.

The router market in EMEA continued to grow in Q1 2008. The enterprise router market grew by 8.4% from $933 mln in 4Q 2007 to $1.01 bln in Q1 2008, according to IDC. Compared to Q1 2007, the router market achieved a revenue increase of 15% from $879 mln to $1.01 bln in Q1 2008. High-end router sales went up by 13% from $589 mln to $665 mln in Q1 2008, driven by service providers investing in offering new services such as IP television (IPTV) and video on demand (VoD) to their end customers. SOHO segment reported the highest decline of 10.3% from $38 mln to $34 mln in Q1 2008.

US cable companies added 1.19 mln new broadband subscribers in Q1 2008

Largest cable companies in the US added 1.19 mln broadband subscribers in Q1 2008, according to Leichtman Research Group. Phone companies added 1.01 mln DSL customers in Q1 2008. Since Q3 2004, phone companies had been adding subscribers faster than cable, closing in on cable’s lead in total subscribers. But that lead is now widening, with cable companies having a total of 34.7 mln subscribers compared with 29.5 mln at the phone companies.

Asia telecommunications market will grow 36% in 2007-2011

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.

19 mln new broadband lines in EU in 2007

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 telecom market reached $5.48 bln in 2006

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.

IT market growth of 5% in 2008

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%.

UK SMB spending on managed security reached $42 mln in 2007

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.

US telecom to spend $347.5 bln on IT in 2008

The communications industry is projected to spend $347.5 bln in 2008 on IT (hardware, software, IT services, internal services and telecommunications). The compound annual growth rate from 2006 through 2011 will be 3.8%. A key growth area in 2008 will be process management, Gartner says.

Fibre Channel switch port shipments up 30% in Q3 2007

According to Dell’Oro Group, the trusted source for market information about the networking and telecommunications industries, shipments of Fibre Channel switch ports continued to rise in Q3 2007 and were up over 30% compared to the same period a year ago. The report indicates that HBA shipments remained flat for the third consecutive quarter.

Wireline voice revenues to decline 7%

Wholesale and retail circuit-switched wireline voice revenue will decline at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 7% according to ATLANTIC-ACM. Wireline data revenue will grow by a CAGR of 8.7%, offsetting declines and holding overall wireline revenues virtually flat, or at a CAGR of 0.1%.