Driverless cars, Google intervening in communication services and an increase in the number of global mobile operators lead the predictions for 2016 from Analysys Mason.
The analyst firm has released its top 10 predictions for telecoms, media and technology in 2016 based on convergence, the future of communication, network innovation, digital operating models and digital economy and IoT.
- The contest for worldwide dominance in low-power, wide-area (LPWA) networking technology will be confined to NarrowBand IoT (NB-IoT) and LoRa.
- The most important M2M sector for the year will be connected cars with the number of connected vehicles increasing to over 150 million.
- Google will intervene in the communication services market with Android N.
- Operators will be extending service reach to non-SIM devices such as tablets and watches and real-time features will integrate into IoT initiatives such as smart homes and connected cars.
- The proportion of mobile operators that offer fixed broadband services will rise to above 50 per cent worldwide.
- Average monthly data consumption per household will exceed 100GB in developed markets in 2016.
- Operators and equipment vendors will increase the adoption rate of LTE-A to enable mobile broadband speeds above 500Mbps and support the transition to 5G.
- Communications service providers (CSPs) will prioritise short-term gains over new service delivery opportunities. As a result, spending on network function virtualisation (NFV) will be close to double in 2016
- CSP to digital service provider (DSP) conversions will increase in 2016 and will require stronger relationships with digital content providers, including video and music distributors.
- Network virtualisation technology will enable distribution of content delivery elements close to the mobile edge to improve customer experience