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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Malaysia to host 11th ITU Symposium on ICT, Environement and Climate Change

The Ministry of Communications and Multimedia Malaysia (KKMM) together with the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) and the Malaysian Technical Standards Forum Sdn Bhd (MTFSB) is set to host the 11th International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Symposium on ICT, Environment and Climate Change, on 21 April 2016, in Kuala Lumpur. The symposium will be held in conjunction with the ITU Standardization Sector (ITU-T) Study Group 5’s Environment and Climate Change meeting, which will take place from 20 to 27 April 2016.

 The objective of the symposium is to raise awareness on the potential of ICT to address environmental challenges and to encourage stakeholders to integrate existing and emerging ICT-based solutions into their activities for an overall smarter and more holistically sustainable future for mankind.

The symposium is expected to bring together specialists in the ICT environment and climate change to discuss issues related to green ICT, environment, electromagnetic field (EMF) and electromagnetic disturbance.

“All industry sectors and the public sector bodies responsible for their governance are looking to ICT to form part of their portfolio of sustainability measures,” said Chaesub Lee, Director of the ITU Telecommunication Standardization Bureau. “This ITU symposium brings stakeholders together to exchange knowledge, build cooperation and help us ensure a coherent application of ICT in our pursuit of environmental sustainability,” added Lee.

The symposium will feature four sessions focusing on issues, namely Electromagnetic Fields (EMF) and the Role of Standards and Policies in EMF Management; Damage Prevention and Safety; Results of World Radio Telecommunication Conference (WRC) in the context of the Sustainable Development Goals; and Achieving Environmental Sustainability Goals.

Among the speakers who will be presenting papers are Emilie van Deventer, Team Leader for Radiation Programme from World Health Organization (WHO); Mohd Ali Hanafiah Mohd Yunus, Chief Officer of the Communications, Digital Services and Standards Sector of MCMC; and Domenica Carriero, Project Officer of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE).

The symposium will be launched by Dr Salleh Said Keruak, Minister of Communications and Multimedia Malaysia. Dr Chaesub Lee, Director of the ITU Telecommunication Standardization Bureau, Dr Sharifah Zarah Syed Ahmad, Secretary General of the Ministry, as well as Dr Halim Shafie, Chairman of MCMC are expected to be present at the launch.

The Symposium presents an opportunity for Malaysia to encourage local participation and provide experience on policies and standards to address current challenges in climate change related to ICT. For more information, please contact sg5taskforce@cmc.gov.my or visit www.mcmc.gov.my.

Further reading:

Malaysia Telecommunications Report
Published by Business Monitor International in March 2016
Latest Updates & Industry Developments Based on data reported by Malaysia’s mobile network operators, Maxis and DiGi and Telenor-backed Celcom, and by the country’s telecoms sector regulator, we now believe that the number of mobile subscriptions reached 43.45…(more)

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Bangladesh starts Value Added Service consultation

The Bangladesh Telecommunications Regulatory Authority has published its response to the Public Consultation on Guidelines for Telecom Value Added Services, 2016.

The document can be downloaded here.

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)

Bangladesh – Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband
Published by Paul Budde Communication Pty Ltd. in January 2016
This report provides a comprehensive overview of the trends and developments in the telecommunications and digital media markets in Bangladesh. Subjects covered include: Key statistics;Scenario forecasts (fixed, mobile, internet subscribers)Market and industry overview…(more)

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Pay TV homes in 20 Mid East countries to double in 2010 – 2021 to 20.9m

Legitimate pay TV operators in the Middle East and North Africa are increasingly relying on exclusive content rights to gain subscribers, according to a new report from Digital TV Research. This is especially true for satellite TV platforms such as beIN and OSN. Dipping into the deep pockets of its owners, beIN in particular has been successful in building its subscriber base in a short period of time.

Simon Murray, author of the fifth edition of the Digital TV Middle East & North Africa Forecasts report, said: “Gaining subscribers in the MENA is no mean feat as piracy remains rampant in most countries. More than half of the region’s homes receive free-to-air satellite TV signals. Furthermore, established pay TV operators now have to compete against new platforms as several IPTV operators put greater emphasis on SVOD than on traditional linear channel packages.”

Despite these hurdles, the number of pay TV homes across the 20 countries covered in the report will double between 2010 and 2021 to 20.9 million, with Turkey accounting for 37% of the 2021 total. From the 5.40 million pay TV homes to be added between 2015 and 2021, 1.98 million will come from Turkey, 0.63 million from Uzbekistan and 0.59 million from Egypt.

About a fifth TV households legitimately paid for TV signals by end-2015. This proportion will climb to 24.2% by 2021. Qatar will record 80% pay TV penetration by 2021, with Georgia (69%), Israel (68%) and the UAE (62%) also high. However, pay TV penetration will be below 10% of TV households in Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, Syria and Tunisia.

Legitimate pay TV revenues will climb by 82% between 2010 and 2021 to $5.02 billion. However, growth will only be 25% between 2015 and 2021. Turkey and Israel are expected to contribute 45% of the region’s pay TV revenues in 2021; down from 52% in 2015 and 63% in 2010.

From the $1,028 million pay TV revenues to be added between 2015 and 2021, Turkey will supply $206 million, the UAE $141 million and Saudi Arabia $194 million. Revenues in Israel will fall sightly over this period due to greater competition and the conversion of subscribers to bundles (which means lower TV revenues per subscriber).

Published in January 2016, this 215-page electronically-delivered report comes in two parts:
• A 125-page PDF file providing punchy narrative and succinct analysis in the Executive Summary and a digital TV briefing for each of the 25 countries listed below.
• Chapter on the main pay TV operators.
• An excel workbook providing detailed forecasts from 2010 to 2021 for each of the 20 countries listed below as well as handy comparative tables for the region (please see next page for line-by-line detail of what is included in the forecasts for each country).

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Sub-Saharan Digital TV penetration to reach 99.9% in 35 forecast countries by 2021 = 74.7 million homes.

2015 was yet another momentous year for television in Sub-Saharan Africa. Most countries missed the ITU’s analog switch-off deadline of June, but DTT, especially pay DTT, made huge gains. And there is much more to come, partly as Canal Plus unveils its TNT Afrique DTT platform in Francophone countries.

However, the number of pay satellite TV subscribers climbed by a relatively low 7.4% in 2015, according to a new report from Digital TV Research. This was partly due to greater platform choice created by DTT and partly due to economic woes in some countries.

Available in more than 50 countries, DStv had 2.24 million subscribers outside South Africa by September 2015; down from 2.56 million six months earlier and down from 2.36 million a year earlier. Digital TV Research estimates that this total fell to 2.16 million by end-2015, with 2016 also expected to be tough.

Simon Murray, author of the fifth edition of the Digital TV Sub-Saharan Africa Forecasts report, said: “DStv’s problems stem mostly from its rights to exclusive premium content, especially sports. Currency devaluation in most Sub-Saharan countries hit DStv hard. Exclusive content rights for premium content such as English Premier League soccer are usually paid for in US dollars. DStv has been compelled to increase its local currency subscription fees to cover the shortfall due to devaluation. As a result, DStv appears more expensive to locals. To try and attract new subs, DStv has substantially reduced its decoder prices.”

Despite these negative factors, there are plenty of reasons for cheer. Nearly two-thirds of TV homes (36.2 million) took digital signals by end-2015, up from 18.7% (7.9 million) in 2010. Complete digital transition was achieved in Gabon, Kenya, Malawi, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda by end-2015. This count will increase from six countries at end-2015 to 11 by end-2016. Digital TV penetration will reach 99.9% in 35 forecast countries by 2021 – or 74.7 million homes.

About two-thirds (50.95 million) of TV households will take DTT (pay and free-to-air combined) as their primary TV signal in 2021, up from only 1.4% (0.59 million) at end-2010. By 2021, 14.85 million – nearly a fifth of TV households – will be primary pay DTT and 36.10 million free-to-air DTT (or 48.3% of TV homes).

DTT will challenge satellite as the top pay TV platform by 2021. In fact, satellite TV will only grow from 19.3% of TV households in 2015 to 21.2% by 2021, whereas pay DTT will rocket from 10.2% to 19.9% over the same period.

Of the 16.91 million pay TV subscribers at end-2015, 10.66 million were pay satellite TV and 5.64 million pay DTT. The pay total will more than double to 33.23 million by 2021, with satellite TV contributing 15.88 million and pay DTT another 14.85 million.

South Africa supplied 5.95 million of the 2015 regional pay TV subs; growing to 8.62 million by 2021. Nigeria will close in on South Africa; increasing from 3.63 million in 2015 to 7.52 million in 2021.

Digital TV Sub-Saharan Africa Forecasts 2016‘ Market Study by digital TV research: published January 2016

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