Telecommunications Press Releases

Recently Released Market Study: Kenya Telecommunications Report Q2 2014

We expect Kenya's mobile network operators to maintain a strategy of revenue stream diversification as the downward pressure on voice revenues continues on the back of lower tariffs and decreasing minutes of use. In addition to the expansion of the scope and functionality of m-commerce systems, we expect operators explore new mobile-crossover opportunities in other industries, such as health, agriculture, education and entertainment.

New Market Study Published: Oman Telecommunications Report Q2 2014

Oman's telecoms markets are developing rapidly, with demand for data and value added services the fastest area of growth. Wireless data services have seen the strongest growth in terms of dedicated and voice and data subscriptions. Demand for smartphones has boosted subscription growth, while improved international connectivity is at the same time driving down the cost of services and deepening the market Total subscriptions are also continuing to increase, with opportunities existing due to continued population growth. However, saturation will ultimately be reached over the medium term and we therefore expect operators to shift their strategy towards upselling higher value services to existing customers to sustain revenue growth.

Full Cycle Distributors Expands National Lifeline Program

LogoOver 56 million Americans qualify for a “Lifeline” mobile phone and Full Cycle Distributors is doing their best to get them into qualify individuals' hands. Part of this drive involves recruiting more Lifeline Agents to help recruit and sign up qualified people in the Total Call Mobile Lifeline Program. This position offers the possibility of not only making a good income, but also in helping the disadvantaged in the process.

TelcoDepot.com Offers NYC Motels New Gateway to Benefit from Cheaper VoIP

LogoFor many small businesses, like motels and boutique hotels, transitioning to a modern communications system can be difficult due to money constraints. Aware of that, TelcoDepot.com is now offering these small business owners an opportunity to acquire cheap VoIP services without the need to purchase new expensive equipment.

Microspace Communications Attends 2014 NAB Show

Microspace Communications recently attended the 2014 NAB (National Association of Broadcasters) Show at the Wynn Hotel in Las Vegas. The NAB Show consists of the world’s largest digital media event which covers satellite broadcasting and content delivery across all mediums.

Telcom & Data Offers One of the Best Conference Call Services for All Audio and Web Conferencing Solutions

Telcom & Data offers one of the best conference call services for all audio and web conferencing solutions. Now it has been experienced that teleconferencing is no longer a luxury, instead it is considered to be a need in order to manage information effectively and remain reasonable. When it comes to travel far for business meetings, one has to be more efficient while concentrating on other areas of work. Since conferencing is reachable, so it is the most competent way through which one can have weekly sales meetings, help desk support, distance learning from the same place.

The Chinese Smartphone Industry: January 2013 - February 2014 - New Market Study Published

LogoThis research report presents the 2013 review and early 2014 status of the Chinese smartphone industry. The report includes top 22 Chinese smartphone branded vendors' shipment volume in China, breakdowns of each vendor's shipment volume share by chipset maker, application processor model, ASP, panel size, and camera pixel. The report also examines major chipset makers' product mix for Chinese smartphones. The report finds that the Chinese smartphone industry's shipment volume reached around 422.2 million units in 2013, up 66.0% year on year, with a total number of 2,288 models launched over the year. The top six vendors—Samsung, Lenovo, Huawei, Coolpad, ZTE, Xiaomi—collectively took up over 50% of the total shipments. It is noted that smartphones equipped with a 4-to-5-inch panel and over 8M cameral pixels have become mainstream in China. Around 46% of the Chinese smartphones were sold at a mid-range price point (700 RMB to 2000 RMB, US$113 to US$322; US$1=6.2112 RMB) in 2013. While octa-core processor models took up less than 1% in terms of shipment volume in 2013, it is expected that the share will see significant growth in 2014 as major chipset makers have been promoting related solutions.

Thailand Telecommunications Report Q2 2014 - New Study Released

LogoThailand's telecoms market is characterised by a mobile market approaching saturation, a fixed-line market that has been in decline since 2007 and a low broadband penetration rate. The successful launch of 3G services in May 2013 offers some potential in the market, but the heavy degree of state control and ineffectual regulation of the telecoms sector to date, coupled with political uncertainty and the economic fallout from the 2011 floods and weak global economy, do not in our view, present a favourable investment climate.

Ireland Telecommunications Report Q2 2014 - New Market Study Published

LogoThis quarter, BMI has extended its forecasts for Ireland's fixed-line voice, broadband and mobile communications markets through to 2018. We have also utilised the latest operator and regulator data to fine-tune those forecasts. As such, we expect to see slightly stronger mobile subscription growth and slower contraction of the fixed-line market. We hold to our current outlook for modest growth in the broadband market on the back of eircom's progress with its next-generation access network, the rollout of 4G LTE services and potential consolidation in the mobile market, as well as the entrance of Electricity Services Board (ESB) into the mass market broadband services arena. That said, we expect price competition to intensify across all sectors, including pay-TV, following eircom's launch of eVision-branded IPTV in Q413.

Croatia Telecommunications Report Q2 2014 - New Market Study Published

LogoThe Croatian market is well developed, with high penetration of traditional and data services, but it has managed to maintain one of the highest ARPU rates in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE). This has been helped by the proliferation of 3G services and smartphones devices, the latter of which account for about 30% of subscriptions. However, the market is not without its challenges as subscription acquisition opportunities are limited and there is downward pressure on ARPU from SMS IP substitution and price competition in a saturated market. Moves into 4G have been made by the two leading operators. However, the third largest, Tele2, has failed to acquire spectrum to support a launch. The company claims that the move to LTE is premature as 3G services have not yet matured. This paints a slightly bleaker picture of the market as 3G has been available for many years. While Tele2's decision may be correct in the short term, this could raise future problems for the company as it may find it difficult to compete.

Iraq Telecommunications Report Q2 2014 - New Market Report

LogoThe Iraqi mobile sector recorded double-digit growth over the 12 months to December 2013. This supports our outlook for continued subscriptions growth during our five-year forecast period which has been extended to 2018 in this quarter's update. However, we expect increasing market saturation, with the penetration expected to reach 100% by 2015, to increase downward pressures on ARPUs and, consequently, operators' top line and bottom line financial figures. We therefore opine that the country's three mobile operators must expand their portfolio of non-voice services in order to sustain revenue growth, pending the allocation of 3G spectrum by the government. Although growth in the fixed telephony and data sectors remains stifled, we expect the implementation of various network infrastructure investment plans by the government and national fixed-line operator ITPC to boost growth over the medium-to-long term.

China Telecommunications Report Q2 2014 - New Market Research Report

LogoThe Chinese telecommunications industry is the biggest in the world in terms of existing size and growth potential, with the 1.2bn mobile subscriptions representing only a penetration rate of 87.3% at the end of September 2013. There are substantial growth opportunities in rural regions, where markets are still untapped, and the arrival of MVNO operators should catalyse competition for these lower value subscribers. Meanwhile at the other end of the market, demand for 3G and 4G services is growing rapidly, particularly in urban areas. Domestic operators are tapping this trend, and with the liberalisation of the VAS segment foreign investors can now also gain exposure. There is however downside to this bullish outlook due to the heavy investment burden in the telecoms industry, a capability that could weaken if the broader economy deteriorates.

New Report Available: Colombia Telecommunications Report Q2 2014

LogoMergers and network investment are offering greater growth potential for wireline services, trends that are boosting growth in fixed-line services and putting innovations such as IPTV on the agenda for 2014. BMI believes that operators will increase their focus on data, network speed and content over 2014, seeing subscribers offered an increasing range of services and building revenue opportunities for operators. In the mobile sector, we remain concerned over increasing interference from the regulator and government intervention to reduce the dominance of market leader Claro. Nevertheless, BMI believes that Colombia will follow the emerging market trend of being a predominantly wireless communications market over the medium to long term if regulatory intervention remains limited.

Iran Telecommunications Report Q2 2014 - New Market Report

LogoIran's large population should make it one of the most attractive telecoms markets in the Middle East. However, political and economic challenges remain and currency fluctuations limit access to the latest devices, limiting the market's growth. Added to which, the Iranian government is keen to restrict access to international internet content, creating a national internet network that will bypass international gateways and cut off large swathes of global content. For this, the government began talks with the Chinese government in early 2014. These factors offer considerable downside to the Iranian market and slow the expected growth of the market's sectors.

Recently Released Market Study: India Telecommunications Report Q2 2014

LogoThe Indian telecommunications market has experienced a considerable number of challenges in the last few years due to constant regulatory disputes and a hostile business environment, which includes an aggressive price war that has eroded operators' profitability. Despite the country's significant growth potential, the industry is struggling to capitalise on the opportunities, which will remain the central theme in the near future as we do not expect the market to reach a swift resolution of these complicated issues.

Uganda Telecommunications Report Q2 2014 - New Market Study Published

LogoThe opportunities and limits to growth in Uganda's mobile market are both related to its low penetration rate, which BMI estimates reached around 49% in 2013. Although the low penetration rate means there remain considerable opportunities for organic growth in Uganda's mobile market, these are limited by poor network coverage in rural areas, where most Ugandans live.

"Poland Telecommunications Report Q2 2014" Now Available at Fast Market Research

LogoPoland is one of the largest telecoms markets in CEE, with vibrant competition across all market segments. This has benefited consumers through service innovation and lower prices, but operators' aggressive marketing strategies have increased the downward pressure on ARPUs, which continue to trend downwards and result in narrowing margins. In light of this recent experience operators are targeting growth of high value high-speed fixed broadband subscription growth, as well as mobile broadband growth via dedicated subscriptions and smartphones. These opportunities should allow operators to develop data revenues and help offset declines in traditional services revenues such as voice and SMS.

ProCom Announces Spring Specials for Their Communication Services

LogoWhen spring arrives, many individuals decide to upgrade certain areas of the house, and that includes their communication and entertainment packages. That’s what spring cleaning is all about; out with the old and in with the new. This spring, ProCom is announcing new specials for their valued client base. With their fiber-optic internet network, as well as cable with eye-popping images and phone services—for residential and commercial customers—the technicians will provide free installation for any of their products this spring. The promotion allows homeowners that have been wanting to upgrade from DSL to high-speed internet the chance to do so without any startup cost.

Hong Kong Telecommunications Report Q2 2014 - New Market Study Published

LogoHong Kong has many positive characteristics including comparatively high purchasing power and a business-friendly environment, and it was the first to launch a commercial long term evolution network in Asia. Mobile subscriber numbers have long passed the 200% penetration mark and, despite the latest data from operators and the regulator showing continued growth, this rate is slowing down, prompting a downgrade in our forecast. 3G and 4G, however, are the key drivers of growth, outperforming our expectations for the year. Fixed lines continue to post declines at a more rapid pace, although IP lines are a bright spot for the industry.

Romania Telecommunications Report Q2 2014 - New Market Study Published

LogoDuring the quarter ending September 2013, the Romanian market registered its largest total of net additions since Q309, posting an increase of 262,000 and reversing a steady trend of decline. BMI does not believe that this was the beginning of a new trend towards growth, and still expect a continuing pattern of slow growth or net losses to be the norm as penetration remains over 126%. The market benefits from a good level of competition between major international players, all of which had launched LTE services as of May 2013. With smartphone penetration reaching 27% of Orange's customers, we expect the development of mobile data and value-added services to become the key driver of growth for these players. The ongoing privatisation of incumbent Romtelecom will see the removal of the government from its stake, benefitting the fixed market with increased investment.

Sweden Telecommunications Report Q2 2014 - New Report Available

LogoSweden's status as one of the most advanced markets in the world is evidenced by its leading position in M2M connections and the growth of LTE subscriptions. Regulatory data show that LTE subscription growth is being achieved at the expense of 3G, as users are increasingly looking to migrate up to the higher capacity and faster speed technology. As a more expensive service this bodes well for data usage ARPU and the expansion of value-added services (VAS). In the wireline sector this is matched by a 15.7% rise in the number of fibre connections in the year to June 2013. The acquisition of Tele2's fixed broadband assets by Telenor should give the latter increased scope in the Swedish market, although the ongoing decline of the fixed telephony sector continues to weigh on operators.

Market Report, "France Telecommunications Report Q2 2014", Published

LogoFrance continues to be one of the more lucrative markets in Western Europe, but operators have had to contend with an intensification of competition since the launch of Free Mobile in Q112, adding to pressure on revenues from regulatory measures such as MTR cuts. These developments have put pressure on operator financial performance and resulted in a revision of strategies by the existing operators. Compounding the pressure on revenues from competition and regulatory changes is the shift in consumer behaviour as they increasingly adopt IP alternatives, leading to declines in the volume of voice and SMS services being consumed. Operators are making headway in the development of higher value data services, but in terms of financial performance they are not yet offsetting the decline in traditional services. Meanwhile, in the wireline market more players are entering the converged services market; the rise of triple- and quad-play packages makes it difficult for established players to continue growing. Instead, they are focusing on extracting more value from those customers they retain.

Market Report, "Jordan Telecommunications Report Q2 2014", Published

LogoJordan's telecoms operators reported weak financial results in 2013, mainly due to tax increases during that year and rising operating expenses. We expect this to reduce operators' appetite for capital intensive projects with low returns on investment, such as rural expansion. The regulator is struggling to generate interest in 4G licences, an indication of investor apathy in the telecoms sector on the back of adverse macroeconomic and industry-specific factors.

New Market Research Report: Qatar Telecommunications Report Q2 2014

LogoQatar's telecoms industry is among the highest value in the world, with ARPUs supported by high incomes. The fixed-line, broadband and mobile sectors all recorded subscriptions growth in 2013, on the back of strong competition on price and quality of services between incumbent operator Ooredoo and Vodafone. However, with the mobile penetration now above 170%, we expect telecoms operators to increase their focus on higher value data and converged services for the enterprise and consumer markets in order to sustain revenue growth over the long term. Combined with strong government support for the development of next generation broadband networks, as well as its determination to transform Doha into a smartcity, BMI has a positive long-term growth outlook for Qatar's telecoms market.

MobileCellMart.com Sells Like-New Smartphones for Less

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Recently Released Market Study: Germany Telecommunications Report Q2 2014

LogoConsolidation is driving the German telecommunications market as operators strive to reinvent themselves as full converged service providers. O2 hopes to acquire E-Plus, Vodafone has gained control of Kabel Deutschland Group, and cable and broadband operators are exchanging assets that will bolster their presence in key cities. Low value voice and messaging services are being superseded by data-centric services as more consumers demand 'everything everywhere' access. Consequently, business strategies are being reforged and investment budgets geared as much towards the development of differentiated services as next-generation infrastructure. The shift of one MVNO from low-value prepaid to high-value postpaid plans conveys the story set to play out over the next five years. BMI believes the German competitive landscape is changing quickly and that many of today's players will not stay the course.

New Market Study Published: Egypt Telecommunications Report Q2 2014

LogoEgypt's telecoms market is poised for a new phase of competition following the award of unified telecoms licenses to the country's telecoms service providers. Fixed-line incumbent operator Telecom Egypt is keen to enter the mobile market while mobile operators Mobinil, Vodacom and Etisalat would see the concession as an opportunity to developed converged telecoms services for business and residential customers. We expect this development to attract much needed investments in fixed and mobile network development over the next few years, but caution that investors would remain mindful of the political and economic environments in the run-up to new general elections.