What to watch for in 2013 and beyond

ABI Research
10 Jan 2013

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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