Middle East growth in online transactions with entertainment fastest growing sector

New research from Payfort on seven Arab countries found a 22% increase in online transactions in 2016.

“In 2016 the entertainment industry for Egypt and KSA and UAE and Jordan and Kuwait and Qatar and Lebanon reached a combined size of $212.39m showing a 33.1% improvement over the previous year.” Payfort

UAE is the leader in the region.

Background reading:

Middle East & North Africa OTT TV and Video Forecasts, Digital TV Research

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Majaloop: Helping the unbanked with new Open-Source software

Majaloop: Helping the unbanked with new Open-Source software released by Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation – 16 October 2017

The Gates Foundation released software designed to create payment platforms to help individuals and companies in the developing world to access digital financial services, it reports:

“Current data from the World Bank shows that nearly two billion people in developing economies lack bank accounts and miss out on the benefits and security that basic financial services provide. Digital financial services, such as mobile money on cell phones, have rapidly expanded over the last two decades because they are convenient for users and cost-effective for companies aiming to serve new markets. In Kenya, an estimated 194,000 households have moved out of extreme poverty due in part to their access to M-Pesa, a mobile money platform, and users’ ability to save money more effectively.

Mojaloop (derived from the Swahili word meaning “one”), has been developed by fintech companies as a solution to operation barriers: “It joins other promising digital financial software, but is the first model that can help extend interoperability from mobile money providers to any bank, merchant or government institution in a customer’s economy in a way that specifically meets the needs of the poor.” (The Gates Foundation)

Suggested reading on Mobile Money:

Mobile Remittances to Africa: Mobile and Financial Services Converge

Mobile money in Sub-Saharan Africa: trends and forecasts 2017–2022

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Cryptocurrency market expected to reach USD 2,902 million by 2023

The cryptocurrency market was valued at USD 541.0 million in 2017 and is expected to reach USD 2,902.0 million by 2023, at a CAGR of 32.31% between 2017 and 2023 according to a new report from MarketsandMarkets:  Cryptocurrency Market by Offering (Hardware: GPU, FPGA, ASIC, Storage & Wallet; and Software), Process (Mining and Transaction), Type, End User (Peer–to-Peer Payment, Remittance, E-Commerce, and Retail), and Geography – Global Forecast to 2023

“The Market for Ethereum is expected to grow at the highest rate between 2017 and 2023”  The advantages of Ethereum over Bitcoin, explored in this report, make it’s growth potential greater over this period.

“Cryptocurrency market in APAC is expected to grow at the highest rate between 2017 and 2023”

The markets of China and Japan are particularly highlighted for their role in the market:  “Because of the low cost of electricity, suitable climate (especially in Northern China), presence of big electronics manufacturing units, and availability of venture capital funding, the market in China is expected to grow at the highest rate during the forecast period. Besides, Japan has the highest level of awareness and knowledge of cryptocurrency. The government regulations in Japan are also favorable for cryptocurrency transactions. All these factors would help drive the growth of the market in APAC at the highest CAGR during the forecast period.”

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Connected Driving Experiences and Robotics showcased at GITEX Technology

Etisalat launched future technology with it’s ‘Driving the Digital Future’ at the GITEX Technology Week  October 2017

“Etisalat aims to create an unforgettable presence at GITEX Technology Week by showcasing a remarkable array of innovations and concepts driven by its advanced infrastructure, smart apps, and solutions. Our theme this year ‘Driving the Digital Future’ signifies the company’s mission to create a highly connected future for the UAE. GITEX attendees this year are witnessing innovative ideas, concepts and solutions pioneered on through the company’s digital platforms, infrastructure, and communication. To Etisalat, creating a digital future means enabling a connected lifestyle for the people as well as providing a plethora of highly efficient systems for government and business entities alike,” highlighted Dr. Ahmed Bin Ali, Senior Vice President Corporate Communication, Etisalat Group.

From a humanoid robot ‘Sophia’ speaking to visitors to a robot conducting surgery over 5G, robotics is one of the major highlights at Etisalat stand. Robotics makes its presence in retail where a robot assists you to shop and complete your shopping experience. There is robot Einstein, a genius in maths and science and an educational robot chatting with kids on weather, famous people, etc. In healthcare, the 5G robotic surgery is a demo that highlights missing critical use case for use of human skills remotely by using the power of the network.

In Smart home, robots display their skills in cooking and ‘Buddy’ the companion robot that protects your home, entertains kids and helps stay connected with family and friends.

Augmented and virtual reality is making their presence felt in all aspects of life, at GITEX this year; Etisalat highlights the use of these technologies in retail, education and in large-scale industry. In retail, augmented reality technology helps in choosing your favorite design on your shoes, clothes, and merchandise. In education, augmented and virtual reality, collaboration and sharing highlight innovation in the classroom. IoT solutions also use augmented reality interfaces that can be used across industrial applications.

Another technology that has made its presence across the different verticals is artificial intelligence (AI). In technologies for the visually impaired, ‘Drishti’ developed by Accenture has smart glasses that recognizes objects and say what it sees through an audio to the person wearing the glass. AI also showcased in education where a digital library interacts with students to find the answers to their questions. Here the library recognizes the voice and responds back accordingly. In retail, the AI reception welcomes visitors, with a virtual assistant talking to you and a face recognition camera recognizing the visitor.

 

Further reading

Personal Artificial Intelligence and Robotics Market Outlook and Forecasts 2017 – 2022, Mind Commerce

The Connected Car Ecosystem: 2016 – 2030 – Opportunities, Challenges, Strategies & Forecasts, Signals & Systems

Connected Car Market by Hardware, Application, and Geography – Global Forecast to 2022, Markets & Markets

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OTT TV episode & movie revenues to reach $83 billion in 2022

Online TV episode and movie revenues for 138 countries will reach $83 billion in 2022; more than double the $37 recorded billion in 2016. The Global OTT TV & Video Forecasts report estimates that $9 billion will be added in 2017 alone.

The US will remain the dominant territory for online TV and video revenues by some distance. However, the US share of the global market will fall from 51% in 2016 to 40% in 2022.

Contributing half the Asia Pacific total, China will add a further $7.6 billion, with its total revenues reaching $12 billion in 2022.

Simon Murray, Principal Analyst at Digital TV Research, said: “OTT revenues will exceed $1 billion in 14 countries by 2022; double the count at end-2017. The top five nations will command two-thirds of global revenues.”

SVOD [subscription video on-demand] became the largest OTT revenue source in 2013. It will generate half of the OTT revenues by 2022. SVOD will add $24 billion in revenues between 2016 and 2022, with AVOD up by $17 billion. AVOD will total $29 billion by 2022; up from $12 billion in 2016.

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Biometrics as a Service Market Worth 2,972.8 Million USD by 2022

The growing demand for biometric authentication under various government initiatives and regulations has fuelled the adoption of biometrics-as-a-service solutions is explored in a new report from Marketsandmarkets:  Biometrics as a Service Market by Modality Type, Application, Deployment Model, Organization Size, Industry, and Region – Global Forecast to 2022

Findings include

The global biometrics-as-a-service market is expected to grow from USD 838.0 million in 2017 to USD 2972.8 million by 2022, at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 28.82%.

The mobile banking, payments, and authentication segment is expected to have the largest market size during the forecast period

There is an increasing need for biometrics solutions for identifying and enrolling citizens for elections and voting purpose. Biometrics-as-a-service offerings provide more accurate identification and are more cost effective compared to traditional identification services. This is one of the major growth drivers for the biometrics-as-a-service market. However, concerns related to storage of biometric data on the cloud may prevent the end-users from adopting these solutions.

North America is estimated to have the largest market in 2017, whereas Asia Pacific (APAC) is projected to grow at the highest rate during the forecast period.

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4T4R RRUs to capture 37% share by 2021

Shipments of remote radio units (RRU) and antenna radio systems (ARS) dropped by 8% in 2016, according to the latest report from EJL Wireless Research titled “Global Macrocell RRU/ARS Market Analysis and Forecast, 2017-2021 1st Edition.” “We are excited to finally introduce the third product in our series of research reports focused on the macro cell market. The RRU/ARS report complements our existing radio transceiver (TRx), digital baseband unit (BBU), and base station antenna research,” says founder and President, Earl Lum. EJL Wireless Research is forecasting that the macrocell RRU/ARS market will see a 14% decline in shipments in 2017 due to lower CAPEX spending in China and Asia Pacific as well as softness in other regions.

“The market is in a reset mode and feeling the massive hangover from the Chinese LTE party. Uncertainty surrounding the business cases for 5G as well as future spectrum auctions is pushing mobile CAPEX trends to a negative bias. However, we expect that LTE refarming of 900MHz and 2100MHz spectrum supporting legacy 2G GSM and 3G UMTS services will be a major driver for 4T4R RRUs during the next five years,” says Lum.

Mobile network migration towards 4.5G LTE-Advanced Pro will provide demand pull for 4T4R RRUs over the next several years as Tier 1 mobile operators upgrade their networks to support 4×4 MIMO. Additionally, 4.9G massive MIMO ARSs supporting FDD LTE 32T32R and TDD LTE 64T64R will begin to ship in commercial volumes in 2018. Finally, 5G NR mmWave massive MIMO ARSs will see low volume commercial deployments by the end of 2017 and ramping through 2018.

“Within the category of 5G NR ARSs, we forecast that majority of shipments will be to support frequency spectrum below 6GHz such as 3.5GHz and 4.5GHz with mmWave-associated ARS shipments accounting for less than 10% share by 2021,” says Lum.

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Finland: FICORA received 81 applications for terrestrial TV programming licences

The current programming licences in the Finnish terrestrial television network expire at the start of 2017. In January 2016 FICORA published an invitation to apply for programming licences for a 10-year period starting in 2017.

The application round finished on 18 April and 15 operators submitted licence applications for a total of 81 programmes. Two operators applied for a licence for public interest television operations.

The television programming licences were available for application for a licence period from 10 January 2017 to 10 January 2027. Operators could apply for programming licences for digital television and radio broadcasting within the entire broadcasting capacity of multiplexes in the UHF and VHF frequency bands to the extent that the capacity is not reserved for public service television operations by the Finnish Broadcasting Company Ltd (Yleisradio, Yle).

The applicants’ major interest was in multiplexes A and E that are broadcast using the DVB-T technology in the UHF frequency band. Multiplex A also contains Yle’s channels.

The next phase in the application process is to examine the applicants’ requests for programming licences and determine the competent licence authority together with the Ministry of Transport and Communications. FICORA will grant the licences if there is sufficient broadcasting capacity. If there is not sufficient capacity for all applicants or if granting a licence could have a significant effect on the general development of the communications market, the licence is granted by the Government. FICORA notifies the applicants of any such transfers.

Regardless of the party granting the licences, the aim is to grant all programming licences at the same time in the summer of 2016.

List of applications submitted to FICORA by deadline (in Finnish) [pdf, 186 KB]

Further reading:

Global SVOD Forecasts
Published by digital TV research in November 2015
The number of SVOD [subscription video on demand] homes is forecast to reach 306 million across 200 countries by 2020, up massively from 28 million in 2010 and an expected 161 million by end-2015, according to a new report from Digital TV Research. The total will grow b…(more)

Western Europe Pay TV Operator Forecasts
Published by digital TV research in September 2015
Liberty Global has been the largest pay TV operator in Europe for some time (with assets both in the West and in the East). However, its top slot in Western Europe is under threat, with Sky Europe [satellite subs only] expected to overtake its subscriber count in 2017, …(more)

Connected TV Forecasts
Published by digital TV research in August 2015
he number of TV sets connected to the Internet will reach 876 million by 2020, up from 105 million at end-2010 and the 415 million expected at end-2015, according to a new report from Digital TV Research. Covering 51 countries, the Connected TV Forecasts report states…(more)

Global OTT TV & Video Forecasts
Published by digital TV research in June 2015
Global OTT TV and video revenues [covering 64 countries] will reach $51.1 billion in 2020; a massive increase from the $4.2 billion recorded in 2010 and the $26.0 billion expected in 2015. According to the Global OTT TV & Video Forecasts report from Digital TV Res…(more)

Digital TV World Databook
Published by digital TV research in June 2015
About 455 million digital homes were added around the world between end-2010 and end-2014, according to a new report from Digital TV Research. This took the digital TV household total for the 138 countries covered in the Digital TV World Databook report to 1,045 million…(more)

Global Satellite TV Forecasts
Published by digital TV research in May 2015
The number of pay satellite TV [DBS or DTH] homes will reach 265 million by 2020, up from 203 million at end-2014 and 143 million at end-2010, according to a new report from Digital TV Research. Covering 138 countries, the Global Satellite TV Forecasts report estimate…(more)

Digital TV World Household Forecasts
Published by digital TV research in May 2015
Based on forecasts for 138 countries, the number of digital TV homes will increase by more than 1 billion between 2010 and 2020 to 1.65 billion � or up by 180%, according to a new report from Digital TV Research. The total will climb by 134 million homes in 2015 alone. …(more)

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Mobilink maintains lead in Pakistan mobile market end-March 2016

The Pakistan Telecom Authority has released its mobile subscriber market data for March 2016 on 20 April 2016.

Mobilink remains the dominant player with some 38.12 million mobile subscribers at the end of March 2016. up from 33.99 million at the end of July 2015. Second ranked is Telenor that ended the period with some 36.78 million mobile subscribers.

Third placed is CMPak, which saw subscriber acquisition levele off during the period, to end with some 24.67 million subscribers. Fourth ranked Ufone saw steady growth, rising from 17.89 million at the end of July 2015 to 20.82 million at the end of March 2016.

Warid is ranked fifth, and had some 11.02 million subscribers at the end of the period.

Chart 1: Pakistan Mobile Subscribers by Operator July 2015 – March 2016
Pakistan Mobile Subscribers by Operator July 2015 - March 2016
Source: pta c. tmrdc 2016
Further reading:

Asia – Mobile Infrastructure
Published by Paul Budde Communication Pty Ltd. in February 2016
This Asia market report covers 35 countries in North, South, South East and Central Asia. The theme of the report is mobile infrastructure and development. The report covers developments in 3G, 4G, 5G and LTE and related government, regulatory and spectrum developments…(more)

Pakistan Telecommunications Report
Published by Business Monitor International in March 2016
BMI View: Consolidation in the mobile market – with Mobilink set to acquire Warid – puts pressure on the remaining players, particularly CMPak ( Zong ), which has few strategic options other than proceeding with its USD1bn investment in its mobile-only business. The dea…(more)

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Details of Thai spectrum 900 MHz auction published

The NBTC has announced the a call for bids for a licence for spectrum in the 895 – 905 MHz / 940 – 950 MHz range.

Details are as follows:

1. Notification of NBTC. The application for a licence to use frequencies in the 900 MHz
2. The rules and procedures to allow the use of spectrum for 895 – 905 MHz / 940 – 950 MHz. The National Council’s Order 16/2559, dated April 12, 2559
3. Notification of NBTC. the rules and procedures allow the use of spectrum for telecommunications district 895 – 915 MHz / 940 – 960 MHz.

Other reading:
Asia – Mobile Infrastructure
Published by Paul Budde Communication Pty Ltd. in February 2016
This Asia market report covers 35 countries in North, South, South East and Central Asia. The theme of the report is mobile infrastructure and development. The report covers developments in 3G, 4G, 5G and LTE and related government, regulatory and spectrum developments…(more)

CYBER SECURITY MARKET REPORT 2016-2021
Published by Visiongain in February 2016
CYBER SECURITY MARKET REPORT 2016-2021 Forecasts, Analysis & Profiles of Top Companies in Network, Data, Endpoint, Application and Cloud Security, and Identity & Access Management The inexorable rise of cyber attacks worldwide has led visiongain to publish thi…(more)

Thailand Telecommunications Report
Published by Business Monitor International in March 2016
BMI View: In 201 6 , the focus in the Thai mobile sector will be on 4G as the 2015 spectrum auctions saw operators forking out exorbitant amounts for valuable spectrum , which will enable them to expand their LTE networks and range of value-added-services (VAS) without …(more)

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