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Global Telecommunications Industry Trends and Market Updates

The telecommunication industry is undoubtedly the cornerstone for digital revolution around the globe. Yet, some telecom companies fail to make the cut in attaining better profitability. Although large players in the telecommunications industry invest billions of dollars into networks, operations, and other telecommunications industry trends that make digital lifestyle possible for their customers, sometimes their performance can be inconsistent, resulting in poor service, dissatisfied customers, and declining profits. To overcome such situations, companies in this sector should not only keep abreast of the latest telecommunications industry trends, but they must also reimagine and reinvent how they operate in order to radically lower costs and deliver remarkably better customer experiences.


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Telecommunications industry trends and market updates

Threat of new entrants

It is a known fact that that telecommunication sector is highly capital-intensive, making access to finance one of the biggest barriers to entry in this sector. Higher capital investments are a necessity to cover the high fixed cost for telecom operators. One of the most common telecommunications industry trends is that when the capital markets become more generous, there is an escalating threat of competitive entrants. On the other hand, there is a visible slowdown in the pace of new market entry when financing opportunities are less readily available. Furthermore, ownership of a telecom license can also represent a huge barrier to market entry. For instance, in the U.S., telecom operators must still apply to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to receive regulatory approval and licensing, making market entry difficult in the telecom industry.

Tug of war for 5G leadership

5G is one of the most awaited telecommunications industry trends right now. Over the past couple of months, there has been tremendous competition among China, Japan, South Korea, and the US for the first full 5G launch. Telecommunications industry trends like 5G come with tremendous benefits that go far beyond what we can do with 4G. The big answer everyone is waiting for now is ‘who will roll out 5G first?’. Top network operators around the globe are already gearing up to implement 5G technology. In the US, the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) Spectrum Frontiers Order has laid the groundwork for the use of 5G technology in the United States by the year 2020. Even China is in the process of making 5G technology commercially available in 2020. However, as the Chinese authorities control the implementation of the technology, the process may be slow.

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Mergers and acquisitions

Online streaming platforms have made major strides in the last few years.  Research shows that over 50% of young adults of the age group 18 to 29 resort to streaming services over satellite subscriptions or cable. As a result, companies in the telecommunication industry are forced to merge with or acquire streaming services and offer on-demand options to customers. Furthermore, cable replacement services such as Hulu Live TV, Sling, and YouTube TV are becoming popular hybrids. So, providers in the telecom industry are acquiring these content providers to join the bandwagon. Owning the content and increasing the profit margin is now one of the major telecommunications industry trends that top providers are already following.

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Market Sizing Helps a Telecom Equipment Company to Assess the Potential for its Products in 10+ Countries

Over the years, the competition level among the telecom equipment companies has intensified due to the technological advancements and increasing research and development activities. Although a large number of small players in the telecom equipment industry have found safe niche markets to serve commercial businesses and enterprises, the demand may be volatile at times.

However, Infiniti identifies some of the fundamental challenges encountered by the telecom equipment industry players such as race towards innovating technologies, cost competitiveness, and high carrier consolidation to have an impact on the growth of the telecom equipment industry. As a result of such challenges, many telecom equipment industry players have started adopting for market sizing solutions to assess the potential for their products across various geographies.

Additionally, the market sizing solutions offered by Infiniti, give telecom equipment industry players insights into their revenue generating capacity by covering both the historical growth of the market and forecasting the future growth prospect. They can also gain insights on the drivers and limitations that impact the growth of the market with the help of such solutions.

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Besides data availability problems, a leading telecom industry player was also facing issues understanding the complexities involved in segmentation by technology, customer type, and end-use application. Additionally, due to recent uncertainties in the market space, the forecast outcomes were subject to drastic changes.

Although the leading telecom equipment player had a wealth of statistical data available, there were no accurate statistics on the target market’s segments.

The market sizing solutions offered by Infiniti helped the client gain insights on the important metrics to understand the potential opportunities and current market performance in the telecom equipment market space.

Our Approach and Solutions Offered

Infiniti’s market sizing specialists followed a comprehensive approach comprising of discussions and interviews with leading stakeholders in the telecom equipment market space. Moreover, the market sizing specialists devised a dashboard containing relevant pieces of information to deliver valuable insights to the client.

During the course of this market sizing engagement, the telecom equipment client was able to carry out a comprehensive segmentation including the technology, customer type, and end-user application. Additionally, the client was able to identify the uncertainty in technology and accurately forecast the outcomes. Furthermore, Infiniti created a dashboard that included accurate statistics of the target market’s segments.

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Market Sizing Assessment Benefits:

  • Developed a dashboard to gain vital information about statistics of the target market’s segments
  • Developed a robust business plan and target the most relevant market segments
  • Gathered data to identify and mitigate risks in potential new markets
  • Assessed potential opportunities and current market performance across geographies

Benefits of Our Integrated Approach:

In a span of 12 weeks, the client was able to evaluate the potential for its products and enhance their offerings in 10+ countries with the insights provided about the latest developments in the telecom equipment market. Additionally, the client was also able to identify and standardize their product portfolios effectively.

The market sizing engagement also helped the telecommunication industry client to add values to their data and find new niche market segments, operate more efficiently, and minimize risks across multiple geographical locations.

A must-read case study for strategy experts and decision makers looking to develop an understanding of the telecom equipment industry.


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Market Intelligence Study on the Replacement Battery Market

A significant number of consumer electronic devices rely on batteries for seamless functioning. Besides powering electronic devices, replacement batteries also find extensive applications in the telecommunication sector for efficient energy storage. With the rise in telecom subscriptions, there has been an increase in the number of telecom tower installations. To effectively utilize energy, telecom tower companies are increasingly adopting the use of lithium-ion batteries to supply uninterrupted power sources to their towers. Moreover, lithium-ion batteries have better durability and energy efficiency compared to acid batteries.

Batteries efficiently store and supply electricity to telecom towers, thereby curtailing the dependence on diesel-fueled generators. In case of grid failures, batteries act as a robust backup for telecom towers. The growing concern for the environment and increasing demand for rechargeable batteries are some of the key factors fueling the growth of replacement battery market. However, high cost associated with lithium-ion batteries is hindering the growth of the market. With a deep understanding of the replacement battery market landscape, Infiniti’s market intelligence experts offer strategic insights into the market in terms of segmentation, potential growth drivers, and challenges.

The Business Challenge

A company offering custom battery solutions wanted to understand the cellular downtime cost in the telecom sector. The client wanted to gain a detailed understanding on the cost associated with tower outages including the cost attached when the voice service or data is sold by the minute. By gaining a holistic view of the market landscape, the client would be able to ascertain reliability to the customers willing to purchase the battery. The engagement assisted the client in estimating additional costs associated with safety and environment during breakouts such as fires and leakages.

Our Research Methodology

To identify potential market opportunities, the market intelligence experts carried out extensive primary research comprising of interviews with market leading experts. Our industry experts conducted discussions with leading stakeholders, business experts, product experts, analysts, and buyers. Moreover, the engagement also relied on secondary sources such as syndicated research report, mobile industry databases, sales and marketing reports, relevant websites, and company publications to perform a detailed analysis of the replacement battery market.

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Our Solution Helped the Client

  • Derive an in-depth understanding of battery replacement process in telecom companies
  • With a detailed characterization of the market landscape in terms of the percentage
  • Determine the cost per hour of outage among the target regions
  • Assess the average cost data used per each tower

Benefits of Our Integrated Approach

After a detailed understanding of the replacement battery market, the client derived a better understanding of pricing themes in the market. Our market intelligence experts assessed the battery market in terms of a cost to an outage condition. The client derived insights on the battery replacement paradigms and the cost of batteries in the telecommunication sector.

A must-read case study for strategy experts and decision makers looking for effective market assessment for the replacement batteries in the telecommunication sector.


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Market Assessment Study on the Two-way Professional Commercial Radio (PCR) Market

The clear advantages of digital radio over analog is likely to drive widespread adoption of professional two-way digital radio solutions in the coming years.

Over the years, two-way radio communication has evolved significantly from analog to digital. With an increasing demand for inexpensive and reliable mobile radio communication systems, the two-way professional commercial radio (PCR) market has witnessed extraordinary growth. Although, the PCR offers robust benefits over analog, the market is subjected to several challenges. Radio communication is associated with poor coverage; the frequency of the radio keeps fluctuating which considerably increases the chances of missing out discrete information. Moreover, the PCR proves to be ineffective if the background is noisy and the batteries used in the product have a very short lifespan. With years of experience in market research, our market assessment experts at Infiniti offer strategic insights into the market landscape in terms of market landscape, growth drivers, and potential opportunities in the PCR market.

The Business Challenge

A telecommunication provider based out of the US was facing challenges understanding the overall business size, competitive landscape, and business opportunity for the professional commercial two-way radio (PCR) in Australia and New Zealand. The client also wanted to assess the market landscape and market size of broadband PTT in the target regions.

Our Research Methodology

To obtain relevant market information and develop insights, our industry experts carried out exhaustive primary research comprising in-depth interviews and discussions with leading industry experts, business executives, and market stakeholders in the PCR market. As a part of the secondary research, we collated information from proprietary and open sources database such as annual reports, media platforms, news aggregators, industry forums, and company presentations.

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Our Solution Helped the Client:

  • Assess the PCR market in each country
  • Identify the key leading stakeholders in the market
  • Map potential market opportunities and make informed decisions
  • Identify the strategy to increase market shares in the target verticals/states

Benefits of Our Integrated Approach

After a comprehensive analysis, our client gained actionable insights into the market size, segmentation, adoption rates and penetration levels of the major states within Australia and New Zealand. Moreover, the client was able to assess and identify five major competitors and their product offerings in the market. Our team of market assessment experts were able to draw an outline into the market scenario and make recommendations to the client.

A must-read market assessment study for strategy experts and decision makers looking to understand the market size, competitive landscape and technology roadmap for the PCR market.


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Top 3 Trends in the Telecom Industry for 2017

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According to Maslow’s theory, humans need only three basic things to survive: food, clothing and shelter. But today, as we progress and enter into the digital era, mobile (read- telecom) has become a self-extension for every person, it is equivalent to an umbilical cord, which even if cut, the connection remains.

The telecommunication industry is a part of the information and communication technology (ICT) infrastructure that is made up of companies and service providers who play an important role in the evolution of mobile communications and broadband. There’s a continuous infrastructure improvement taking place, as a result, the global telecommunications industry continues its transformation process and is growing leaps and bounds. Throughout 2016, the telecom companies strived to offer unmatched 4G service with LTE Advanced pro deploying new features such as higher levels of carrier aggregation and interference management, thereby providing faster data ensuring better performance at a lower price.

Even the telecom industry itself lives by the tagline, wherever you go, our network follows. This robust and dependable network will continue to follow us through 2017 as well. Additionally, there are newer things in store in terms of communications to look forward to this year as well.

What else could the telcos possibly bring to the table that’s new, you ask?

Here’s what might be in store for you.

1) Move Over 4G; Time to Bring Home 5G

Network providers are striving to make 5G a reality as soon as possible. Telcos around the world have already developed 5G architecture and have initiated the lab and field trials for the basic connectivity elements in their race to gain a competitive advantage in the market. The promise of 5G – more speed, greater efficiency and less latency- will be a major push for connected things in the future. It is expected to be an enabler of next generation IoT and M2M applications such as augmented reality and self-driven vehicles.

2) Over-The-Top and Value Added Services

The constantly growing competition from Over-the-top (OTT) players who offer apps and content streaming directly via the internet, will drive telecom companies and other service providers to partner with and become primary OTT solution providers in their own way so as to drive revenue, counterbalance the downward price pressures and build customer loyalty. This rise in operator-led OTT services will not only expand the market opportunities but also redirect a fraction of the global OTT spend back towards the network and service providers.

3) Security – On High Priority

The previous year was filled with news regarding data breaches in high end companies, with the latest one being the ransomware- WannaCry – attack that hit over 100 countries across the globe over desktops and mobile phones. This proves that the telecom companies will lay more emphasis on security, as they realize the increasing vulnerability of infrastructure linking networks to attacks. In 2017, network security will be top priority to operators, as encryption will transition from a niche play to a more pervasive technology.

The Infiniti Advantage

The IT and Telecommunications industry faces considerable changes that result in intense competition and continuous need for innovation. At Infiniti, we have a wide range of industry-leading solutions to help clients track key developments in these markets, adapt to changes and thereby ensuring they maintain a competitive advantage. These solutions along with our team of experts offer a comprehensive view of the market landscape, to help clients make effective business decisions, in order to grow, expand, diversify, tackle competition and mitigate risks.

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