Worldwide revenues from fixed, mobile and pay TV services are expected to remain flat in 2016, after a tumultuous 2015 due to a weak macroeconomic environment and significant currency devaluations, according to a report by Pyramid Research.
Pyramid’s ICT prediction report said the new year will offer stronger-than-ever opportunities to monetize digital transformation investments for telcos, thanks to growing consumer appetite for bundles of services and content and enterprise need for streamlined operations, greater mobility and increased customer value.
Telcos will see a significant upside in smart home, insurance, automotive and security sectors, and greater usage of cloud services, M2M/IoT solutions, and m-commerce solutions in enterprise markets in 2016 worldwide, the report noted.
“Internet giants including Google, Amazon, Facebook and Apple will give telcos a run for their money in these greenfield domains however, as they continue to pioneer the digital wave - that is, identifying and moving into new digital domains which are not necessarily yet on telcos' radar,” the report said.
The report highlighted that 2016 will be the last year when fixed service revenue will decline over the firm’s 5-year forecast period, as service bundling and convergence services as well as increasing availability and affordability of broadband services and higher bandwidth broadband connections are turning the tide for telcos
India will account for roughly one-fourth of all mobile net additions in 2016, and together with China, US, Nigeria, DRC and Myanmar will represent 52% of all subscriptions added worldwide during the year.
This year will also be a pivotal period for the global IoT industry when leading MNOs will start commercializing NB-IoT solutions to accelerate the adoption of IoT services, by making it more efficient to connect things in areas hard to reach or that require a long battery life.
Africa will see new, regional players emerging in 2016 owing to the expected M&A activity during the year that will be motivated by spectrum acquisition and consolidation.
The M&A activity in Mexico and the US should continue in 2016, with Televisa, Movistar and AT&T all looking for assets in Mexico and America Movil in the US that can accelerate the availability of quad-play offerings as well as cross-border synergies, said the report.
Most European telecoms markets will either return or get close to revenue growth in 2016.
The operator and investor's confidence on the outlook of the European telecoms industry will improve as there is clear evidence of revenue stabilization/return to growth after several years of top-line pressure.