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Press Releases from InfoCom GmbH (63 total)

InfoCom illustrates how some carriers managed to mitigate fixed voice erosion in …

Stuttgart, Germany — The majority of Western European countries demonstrates a constant erosion of total fixed voice traffic within the past five years, as customers migrate to other communication platforms such as mobile and Internet. Moreover, the rise in VoIP usage, especially in some countries such as France, has not been enough to offset completely the decline. However, in some countries carriers managed to slowdown the decline of or even

InfoCom shows how the Colombian national ICT plans will drive services from stra …

Stuttgart, Germany — Since the Vive Digital launch — the ICT initiative launched in 2010 as a consequence of the new Colombian ICT Law of 2009 — fixed broadband increased from about 2 million subscribers in 2010 (about 16% of households) to 4.4 million in 2013, (about 34% of households). Mobile broadband subscriptions have grown from 1.1 million in 2010 (about 9% of households) to 3.8 million in 2013 (about

InfoCom illustrates how security issues, multi-screen access and proliferation o …

Stuttgart, Germany — Cloud Single Sign On (SSO) services are a fairly recent innovation in Identity and Access Management (IAM). While SSO in itself has been around for a while as an on-premise solution, many cloud SSO players have launched commercial services only within the past four years. While IAM consists of identity management, access governance and authentication services, some companies offer simply SSO (e.g. Okta, Ping Identity, Symplified). SSO

InfoCom illustrates advantages of SIP trunking replacing ISDN.

Stuttgart, Germany — Because of the general trend towards IP, SIP trunking will prevail in the long term and eventually replace ISDN as it offers a series of advantages: granularity, flexibility and centralisation, that is, cost savings. However, only large enterprises with several distributed offices can really benefit from these opportunities, aggregating the number of channels onto a few sites, instead of maintaining ISDN at all sites. As companies migrate

InfoCom expects hybrid vs cloud IAM deployments to still be prevalent over the n …

Stuttgart, Germany — Identity and Access Management (IAM) is still largely deployed on-premise rather than in the cloud, despite this solution is growing in relevance. Many players — such as Dell, IBM, NetIQ and Oracle — are not even directly offering cloud IAM services. In-stead, they sell IAM software, which can be hosted by a customer or a SaaS provider in their own data centres and deployed as a private

InfoCom finds out that, in the SMEs market, loud-based security features are off …

Stuttgart, Germany — Most of carriers, independently from size and country, bundle basic se-curity options for SMEs with a broadband access as a standard feature of the offer or as an add-on service, sometimes free of charge. Security features consist, at least, of anti-virus, anti-spam and firewall protection and are, generally, also available as standalone to non-subscribers. These are some of the results of a recent study conducted by InfoCom surveying

InfoCom unveils how tough the road to a single European mobile roaming market st …

Stuttgart, Germany — Six years after the European Commission initially released the capped price (Eurotariff) for roaming services in the EU, the road to a single European mobile roaming market remains tough. The market is not dynamic in terms of competition and innovations; and revenue generation is lower than expected. With the EC call to achieve the “connected continent”, operators are challenged not just to comply with the directive but

InfoCom shows how opportunities outweigh the challenges ahead for Thai mobile op …

Stuttgart, Germany; Manila, Philippines — After the auction planned for September 2014 for 1 800 MHz spectrum, InfoCom expects the Thai mobile market to expand rapidly in the follow-ing five years. The evolution will involve more the service side, as the already high mobile penetration rate in the country will dictate the operators to focus increasingly on enticing their subscribers to migrate to 3G and 4G packages to generate additional

InfoCom draws attention to potentials and risks in Cambodia’s mobile market.

Stuttgart, Germany; Manila, Philippines — Similarly to developing markets in Eastern Europe and other parts of Southeast Asia, the Cambodian telecommunications market has leap-frogged fixed communications pushing mobile voice and data services to serve quickly a “communication-hungry” population. Although official statistics indicate around 19.6 million mobile subscriptions (end-2012) — resul-ting in a penetration at 136% for a country with 14.4 million inhabitants — taking in consider-ation that only 50-60% of the

InfoCom highlights how Video OTT potential actually outweighs threat.

Stuttgart, Germany — Increasing content available as video OTT as well as active collabor-ation between all actors along the video OTT value chain — content providers, OTT aggrega-tors, content producers and TV set manufacturers — have increased significantly video OTT’s value proposition. Additionally, the widespread adoption and popularity of smartphones con-tributed as key catalysts for video OTT take-up. Despite all these developments, there is not strong evidence that video OTT

InfoCom highlights drivers of the rising Ethernet market.

Stuttgart, Germany — One of the most important drivers of Carrier Ethernet is the fact that the technology is well widespread, as over 95% of all companies’ LANs are based on it. As a con-sequence, it does make sense to link the various corporate sites via Ethernet rather than to use another technology in between. This way, ideally, all sites end up looking like a single LAN and can be

InfoCom presents the global Managed UC market from the providers’ perspective

Stuttgart, Germany — The market for managed Unified Communications (UC) services is still fairly fragmented, with many so-called local champions. This results from a recent InfoCom study that analysed the position of providers and vendors for managed UC globally. Managed UC players can be classified, first of all, as either carriers or non-carriers. Amongst carriers, the incumbents hold the strongest market position as alternative operators mainly focus on networking solutions.

InfoCom points out how mobile voice services will still generate the largest sha …

Stuttgart, Germany — Around the world, smartphone sales and usage have been grabbing the spotlight on communications technology news. The proliferation of smartphones increases the pressure on mobile network operators to focus on services that compliment smartphone usage. Consequently, although mobile voice remains the foundation of most mobile operators, data communications and Internet, driven by the popularity of smart devices and mobile apps, shape the most the mobile service market

InfoCom outlines the role of ICT patents in the future of competition and how th …

Stuttgart, Germany — While patent litigation among ICT companies is not new, nowadays this is one of the cards that companies with relatively deep pockets like to play to cripple competition by, for instance, requesting a court to ban sales of a product, which requires that patent. Recently, patent litigations among ICT companies have escalated as ICT giants engage in lawsuits and countersuits with mobile technologies, mobile devices, and mobile-related

InfoCom reveals how US mobile carriers eventually succeeded to generate some rev …

But the next challenge is around the corner. Stuttgart, Germany — For the past couple of years, mobile operators have sought ways to become an indispensable part of their customers’ lifestyle. Current mobile phones are versa-tile devices supporting a wide range of applications beyond communication, and offer eventually the possibility to monetise additional revenue streams, for instance through Location-Based Services (LBS). The US mobile carriers have succeeded to establish branded LBS,

InfoCom shows how ethnic MVNOs succeed to remains the most successful MVNO model

Stuttgart, Germany – Manila, Philippines — Despite a tough economic climate, ethnic MVNOs retain their ability to attract customers. And while a wide variety of MVNO models have em-erged and waned in every country over the last years, the ethnic MVNO model remains one of the most successful ones. The main reason behind this success is the changing demographic profile of the European region. The influx of non-European citizens migrating to

InfoCom unveils own IP routing as strongest driver for L2 Ethernet VPN across al …

Stuttgart, Germany — The main reason, by far, for corporate users to choose an L2 Ethernet VPN is the wish to control L3 IP routing and thus to separate clearly the own IP routing from the one of the provider. Most service providers and vendors view this as the main driver for L2 Ethernet VPN. This is what results by a recent study carried out by InfoCom in order to

InfoCom foresees migration effect in providers’ cloud service revenue-mix to 2 …

Stuttgart, Germany — In the effort to ease competitive pressure and the necessity to support growth, telecom providers seek high flexibility and scalability in providing services. However, data centre setups are often complex and unable to adapt quickly to customers’ demand. Cloud services, mainly outsourced private cloud and public cloud services, have the potential to act as “diversifiers” for providers’ portfolios and a possible cure to eroding margins. In a survey

InfoCom foresees growing importance of APM with better utilisation of resources …

Stuttgart, Germany — APM will continue to grow in importance, especially with the progressive adoption of application delivery service level agreements (SLAs). The task of meeting the organisation’s performance expectations will continue to be a challenge as more services are added to the network. Simply spending money adding bandwidth and more people to manage and support, it is no longer the solution. Instead, effective APM will allow for better utilisation

InfoCom finds out that the high comfort of telepresence has lead to a better mar …

Stuttgart, Germany and Manila, Philippines — During the last years, the major market drivers for telepresence solutions have been related to external factors, for instance natural catastrophes, restricted airplane traffic due to volcano ashes or snow, or other causes, for instance terror attacks. In addition to these factors, as issues such as environmental protection and green IT gain importance in the public opinion, many companies are now committed to reducing

InfoCom updates OTT threat rating and says that carriers can turn OTT content in …

Stuttgart, Germany and Manila, Philippines — InfoCom’s threat rating for OTT content aggregators went up from low to moderate, after only a year from the previous evaluation. OTT content aggregators improved their limited content offerings — an issue, which impacted InfoCom’s previous evaluation — through partnerships with various content producers, which increased the content available on their platforms. Additionally, advanced content, such as 3D programmes, starts to be available as

InfoCom says arguments in favour of managed Unified Communications outweigh the …

Stuttgart, Germany — While there aren’t really any major obstacles or drawbacks for managed UC services, advantages are not entirely convincing and have corresponding counter-arguments. This results from InfoCom latest release regarding Managed Unified Communications services, a large research covering selected business markets worldwide and realised through widespread interviews with vendors and business customers. Through extensive talks with the wide-ranging audience, InfoCom identified two most common arguments used to support

InfoCom says European incumbents shift fibre strategy from “dumb pipe” to …

Stuttgart, Germany and Manila, Philippines — Incumbents around the world increasingly shift their strategy towards fibre deployments away from providing just the “dumb pipe” to a more complex approach where “content is king”. Carriers are actively seeking to move away from the previous strategy — where their role was predominantly confined as access provider only — and move towards a more complex and integrated business model where they secure partnerships

InfoCom uncovers data-only MVNOs strategies, which use mobile broadband to add v …

Stuttgart, Germany and Manila, Philippines — Data-only MVNOs bank on mobile data services to up-sell and cross-sell core products — for instance laptops, e-book readers — or services — for instance telematics or ICT solutions in general — and thus add value to product or services that they already offer within their portfolio. This results from a recent research on new MVNOs’ business models that InfoCom has carried

InfoCom reveals that the enterprise telephony market has fairly consolidated ven …

Stuttgart, Germany — The enterprise telephony market is very much a replacement market in most countries around the world, especially in industrialised economies, and as a result, changes in vendors’ market share are fairly moderate. As a matter of fact, enterprises’ investment decisions are impacted by the trends in the overall economy, which determines whether companies have available budget and access to credit to replace their existing solutions. And, in

InfoCom investigates enterprise markets around the world and found IP and Unifie …

Stuttgart, Germany — Enterprises, anywhere in the world, deploy IP telephony solutions but the share of IP lines varies strongly and, in several cases, it is still surprisingly low. While countries as the UK or the US record over 90% of IP lines out of the total shipped (>400 segment), in other countries this figure can be as low as 40%, for instance in Argentina, India, Russia or Turkey. Some of

InfoCom says innovative e-health in the cloud targets the B2B market.

Stuttgart, Germany — E-health reaches the cloud with solutions, which provide a large range of services for a wide variety of companies and institutions active in the health sector. From early offers, targeting specific patient segments — elderly, disabled or patients with chronic illnesses — innovative e-health in the cloud targets any interaction between patients and health service providers, institution-to-institution data exchange as well as communication between patients and/or health

InfoCom says Brazil propels Vivendi and America Movil up the top-10 VoIP ranking …

Stuttgart, Germany and Manila, Philippines — The VoIP emerging market Brazil proved to deliver high subscriber growth, as America Movil and Vivendi groups managed to improve their respective VoIP market positioning in 2Q11. This was revealed by InfoCom’s latest release of the Global Top-10 VoIP* groups. InfoCom points out that aside from the effectiveness of product bundling strategy, the broadband coverage expansion of telecom operators in the emerging markets in

InfoCom says NFC to drive m-commerce growth in East Asia.

Manila, Philippines — In East Asia, m-commerce has been fuelled by the increasing amount of payments through mobile phones and the growing demand for banking services. This results from InfoCom’s latest Innovations Spotlight, which analysed the current services available as well as local carriers’ plans for m-payment services. SMS-based or NFC-enabled, m-payment is gaining slowly momentum and is expected to accelerate in the next three to five years. Carriers in

InfoCom says Global Top-10 paid-for TV groups secure ranks despite decreasing su …

Stuttgart, Germany and Manila, Philippines — DirecTV, the US-based carrier, continues to lead the ranking of the World largest paid-for TV* providers by serving nearly 28m subscribers (2Q11). This is revealed by InfoCom latest release of the World Top-10 paid-for TV* group ranking. While, in total, the top-10 paid-for TV* groups increased their subscriber base by 2% YoY, translating to more than 145m customers (2Q11), DirecTV grew over the average

InfoCom says Global Top-10 paid-for TV groups secure ranks despite decreasing su …

Stuttgart, Germany — According to InfoCom most recent release of the Quarterly TV Monitoring, the top-10 largest groups, at World level, collectively posted 145m paid-for* TV subscriptions, 54% of which attributed to satellite TV (2Q10). The top-10 ranking is lead by US-based satellite TV player, DirecTV, with 25m subscriptions, of which 25% from its Latin American subsidiaries (Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Puerto Rico and Venezuela). DISH Network, another US-based

InfoCom says mobile operators in the Philippines continue to drop rates to allur …

Manila, Philippines — In the year 2016, InfoCom expects the Philippines mobile subscriber base reach a 107% penetration rate, growing at 4% (CAAGR, from 2011). During the last quarter, the mobile subscriber base in the Philippines has increased by 2% (1Q11, QoQ) to over 88 million, reaching a 95.4% penetration rate. The prepaid base remained virtually unchanged, comprising 97% of the market. However, as a consequence of some carriers’

InfoCom says Tablet PCs are changing the mobile TV experience.

Stuttgart, Germany — The first Tablet TV services are appearing in several markets round the world, offered either free of charge or as paid add-ons by different kind of players: content providers (content producers and Pay TV operators), mobile operators and TV access providers (CaTV, IPTV and satellite operators). The Tablet TV app requires a broadband subscription and either a TV access or a mobile data package and enables

InfoCom says Satellite TV to overtake CaTV by 2015 in Western Europe – Cord-cu …

Stuttgart, Germany — Western Europe posted over 182m TV households at end-2010, 40% of which are watching TV via terrestrial platforms, 27% via CaTV, and about 26% through satellite, either free-to-air or through paid subscription. The IPTV subscriber base represented about 7% of the total base. InfoCom expects that by 2015, satellite TV will overtake CaTV in terms of TV households, with satellite platforms expected to total 52.4m

InfoCom says mobile operators banks on LTE to support the explosion of mobile da …

Stuttgart, Germany and Manila, Philippines — Major mobile operators in Europe and in the US are rolling out LTE and services are already launched in several markets. All carriers target metropolitan areas for the trials, maximising the explosion of data usage. NTT Docomo, TeliaSonera and Verizon Wireless rallied to pioneer the commercial launch of LTE service in Asia, Europe and North America, respectively, rolling out LTE networks already during

InfoCom says operators ramp up NFC deployment plans.

Stuttgart, Germany and Manila, Philippines — Operators worldwide pledged commitment to launch commercial NFC services in selected markets by 2012. Virtually all top telcos in Europe have laid out plans to launch commercial NFC services by 2012, for instance Deutsche Telekom, France Telecom, Telecom Italia, Telefonica and Vodafone. In the US, AT&T and Verizon Wireless have launched a collective effort to trial NFC services country-wide. “Several carriers have forged already

InfoCom says IPTV reveals as customer-retention tool rather than as driver for n …

Stuttgart, Germany — In advanced TV markets in Europe and North America, multi-play service bundling established as a standard offer to consumers. Most of players providing TV or telecom services offer multi-play bundles combining broadband, fixed and mobile telephony together with TV services. Though, so far, and several carriers state it, bundling acts more as a loss-mitigation and customer-retention tool rather than an instrument to increase customer take-up and gain

InfoCom says MVNOs in Bulgaria, Hungary and Poland failed to challenge the exist …

Stuttgart, Germany — MVNOs in Bulgaria, Hungary and Poland have failed to challenge the existing MNOs so far. In these countries, MVNOs market share remained below 4% (3Q10) compared to the 10% achieved by MVNOs in some countries in Western Europe. In Poland, for instance, after more than 6 years of operations, the combined market share of all 13 active MVNOs is barely above 1%. This failure is attributed to

InfoCom says users in Thailand gear up for fixed and mobile broadband.

Manila, Philippines — As Thai telecom carriers are about to commercialise 3G services on 2.1GHz spectrum, mobile services usage patterns in Thailand confirm 3G-readiness and all mobile carriers are planning to launch 3G services within the first half of the current year. For one, mobile non-voice services revenues already comprise more than 25% of mobile service revenues generated in 2010 and they are expected to increase significantly while total mobile

InfoCom says China is driven by mobile services and broadband.

Manila, Philippines — From 2011 to 2015, the Chinese telecom industry will grow by a compounded annual average rate (CAAGR) of 3%. Mobile services and datacom will grow at a rate of 3% while Internet at 9%. Fixed telephony, on the other hand, will steadily decline at a CAAGR of about 3%. In mobile services, competition will revolve around providing differentiated, innovative and relevant data 3G services. Non-voice service revenues

InfoCom says fibre-based broadband and mobile Internet emerge as growth drivers …

M2M Taiwan in the race of Asian economies with the highest fibre optic penetration — Fibre revenues mostly subscriber-driven and result of carriers’ aggressive promotions — Increasing 3G subscriptions and widening demand for smartphones — Mobile non-voice revenues successfully offsetting decline in voice revenues — Smartphone-related applications and software services make Internet access, photo sharing, and messaging more convenient. Manila, Philippines — With a 22% fibre optic broadband Internet penetration (per

InfoCom says M2M has high growth potential in various market segments worldwide.

M2M is a fast growing and increasingly strategically important market — Most active players are large network operators, especially mobile ones — Development partnerships and cooperation crucial to exchange know-how — Active players include M2M vendors, software providers and resellers, but also a wide variety of different kind of players. Stuttgart, Germany — According to a recent research carried out by InfoCom the M2M (Machine-to-Machine) market shows significant growth potential worldwide.

InfoCom says FTTx in China is still far behind other Asian dragons.

Manila, Philippines — With more that 114.4 million broadband subscribers (end-2009), China is the largest broadband market of the world, accounting for over 27% of the broadband base worldwide. On a quarterly base, the Chinese broadband market saw sequential growth of around 5% a quarter, accelerating growth slightly, bringing its broadband subscriber base to over 120,5 million at end 1Q10, over +20% YoY, probably the fastest growing global market. "The

InfoCom says Spain telecom market is set to decline.

Stuttgart, Germany — Spain telecom market is set to continue to decline in the next coming years according to InfoCom’s latest released figures on the Spanish market through TELESEEQ. From well above the €28,6 billion in 2008, the Spanish telecom market tumbled to €27,5 billion in 2009, and is expected to continue falling to €27 billion by the end of 2010. The telecom industry is expected to continue to fall

InfoCom says mobile music service is going towards the mobile music experience.

Stuttgart, Germany and Manila, Philippines — In a constant effort to encourage mobile users to use their mobile phones more, the mobile industry is transforming mobile music applications into a richer user’s experience rather then just a simple download. According to the latest report published by InfoCom about mobile music applications, carriers and service providers encourage subscribers to become more active in the process of downloading music, providing additional services

InfoCom says mobile voice shows first signs of stagnation.

Stuttgart, Germany — According to InfoCom latest release of the Mobile Traffic Quarterly Monitoring, mobile voice traffic volume in Western Europe is giving first signs of stagnation as growth starts to slowdown. Total traffic volumes in the region increased only 2% (3Q09, YoY, in average) reaching 195bn minutes, compared to over 5% in the previous period. In the 5 largest Western European countries, the growth of mobile voice traffic volume

InfoCom says Carrier Ethernet has a bright future despite some initial hurdles

Stuttgart, Germany — After investigating the Carrier Ethernet market, InfoCom found out that EoMPLS is seen as having several advantages, as compared to EoSDH. Carriers prefer EoMPLS first of all because it allows finer bandwidth granularity, whatever bandwidth they may ask for, whereas EoSDH is constrained by the bandwidth of the SDH VCs (Virtual Containers). “A second relevant advantage often quoted is that EoMPLS scales better, i.e. it is easier

InfoCom says active mobile software update management help mobile carriers gener …

Stuttgart, Germany and Manila, Philippines — According to one of InfoCom’s latest studies on the mobile market, the management of software updates for mobile phones not only bring value to the user, providing faster and improved software on its mobile phone, but may reveal as an additional revenue stream for the mobile carrier as well as produce positive effects on brand loyalty. Yet, this also applies to phone vendors, especially

InfoCom says IPTV developing through premium content rather then new features

Stuttgart, Germany and Manila, Philippines — According to InfoCom latest study “IPTV — Operator Strategies and Trends — Maximising the value of IPTV”, a set of basic features are already widely available within most IPTV offers in many developed TV markets worldwide. Features such as EPG (Electronic Programme Guide), Video-on-demand (VoD), DVR/PVR and Information Services are now included in entry-level IPTV service offers. Access to most of these basic services

InfoCom says 3G user’s base growing at last.

Stuttgart, Germany and Manila, Philippines — According to InfoCom latest release, the number of 3G users in Japan, South Korea, the US and the top-5 Western European countries nearly doubled as of 2Q09 to approximately 303m. Among the countries evaluated, Japan and the US had the highest number of 3G users in 2Q09 with roughly 102m and 67m respectively. On the other hand, Italy led the top-5 Western European countries

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