Analysys Mason puts out top 10 predictions for 2018

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On the cover of the annual Top 10 predictions for the telecoms media and digital services sector in 2018, Analysys Mason Research’s managing director Fiona Glennon commented that:

  1. Specialist  MVNOs will continue to surprise the IoT market by signing major deals.
  2. Revenue growth from new enterprise services will offset losses in traditional enterprise revenue.
  3. Digital transformation will shift from offering new digital services to transforming labor costs in established networks.
  4. Operators that provide digital methods for customer acquisition and support will win market share from those that lag.
  5. Service-specific and unlimited data tariffs will win out over volume-based pricing as the foundation for consumer mobile services.
  6. Growth in consumer spending on OTT video services will outpace traditional pay-TV spending in 2018.
  7. Operators will deploy Alexa-like AI techniques to engage customers in a more-digital manner.
  8. A small number of 5G New Radio (NR) trials will start in 2018, but 90% of operators will wait until after 2020.
  9. The mainstream telecoms market is embracing virtual networks. By 2018, more than $6 billion in capex will have shifted to virtualized and cloud-based networks; this shift will grow to more than $50 billion in 2022.
  10. Operators will begin to deploy NGPON-2 as a converged infrastructure to support 5G, FTTP and enterprise services.

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