What to watch for in 2013 and beyond

ABI Research
Devices, applications, and mobility
· Watch for augmented reality to continue its progress through smartphones – not eyewear
· Computing and device form-factor boundaries to crumble in coming years
· Phablets and gesture recognition technology will be hot in the device domain
· Increased usage of mobile devices for data communications could lead to the death of 2G - Finally!
· Increased competition and challenging economic environments will spur continued carrier consolidation
· Carriers will be faced with a strategic choice; Full-service model, service enabler, or network provider
· Latin American LTE will be a hot market to watch
· LTE-only mobile devices will become more common
· Consumer robotics market sees modest gains while personal robotics comes into focus
 
TV, video and broadband
· TV will be liberated by continued cross-platform experiences
· Gaming market will evolve as DLC and UGC weigh on consoles, while multi-platform approaches and accessories change the immersive experience
· Bandwidth, OTT service support and QoS will be key competition areas for telcos and MNOs
· Broadband gateways to replace modems and routers
· Netflix to spur the advancement of other OTT video service providers
· Multi-screen TV services will continue to explode
 
Networks and infrastructure
· SDN to make a splash at MWC 2013
· SDNs will disrupt mobile equipment vendors
· Network hardware – general purpose or dedicated?
· CEM will be most misused marketing term in 2013
· Access is the new backhaul

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Commentary

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Tony Poulos

Instead of deploying new fancy analytic tools, telcos should leverage apps developed by their existing vendors to analyze and make full use of data

Tony Poulos

Instead of deploying new fancy analytic tools, telcos should leverage apps developed by their existing vendors to analyze and make full use of data

Sonia Agnese/Ovum

Telco/OTT partnership was a key topic of LTE Latin America 2015