|[February 08, 2013]
Research and Markets: Digital Communications Market Report 2013
DUBLIN --(Business Wire)--
Research and Markets (http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/wfkx79/digital)
has announced the addition of the "Digital
Communications Market Report 2013" report to their offering.
The digital communications market has become increasingly dominated by
mobile connections, which now outnumber fixed residential
telecommunications lines by around two to one. This particular trend has
been driven by the rising uptake of Internet-based mobile devices, such
as smartphones and tablet computers. Around 50% of UK consumers are now
thought to own a smartphone, while tablet ownership was estimated to
have grown five-fold between Q1 2011 and Q1 2012 from just 2% to 11%,
according to figures compiled by Ofcom.
As a result, the mobile telecommunications market has become
increasingly competitive, with many network operators now offering
highly-discounted deals or low-cost tariffs to customers. Tablet
computers have also become more affordable to the majority of consumers,
who may have previously been priced out of the market, following
Amazon's ntry into the market, with its low-cost tablet alternative,
the Kindle Fire, which was launched in October 2012.
The emergence of different communications channels has also had a
significant impact on the digital communications market in recent years.
The majority of Internet-connected devices, including smartphones and
tablets, now offer a wide range of applications, which allow users to
check their e-mail, make calls, send texts and visit their favourite
social networking sites. As a result, an increasing tendency towards
non-voice communications channels, particularly text messaging, has
Indeed, according to Ofcom's 2012 The Communications Market Report, as
of Q1 2012, text-based communications were found to be surpassing more
traditional methods of contact, such as telephone calls, as the most
frequent method of keeping in touch among adults, with the average
consumer now sending around 50 texts per week a figure that has almost
doubled over the past 4 years. Other non-voice communications channels,
including social networking; e-mail; voice over Internet Protocol
(VoIP), such as Skype (News - Alert); and instant messaging services, including MSN,
have also become increasingly popular.
In spite of the ongoing rollout of superfast broadband across the UK,
which is currently being backed by a £530 investment on the part of the
Government, along with the imminent launch of fourth generation (4G)
mobile telecommunication within the country, revenue generated by both
fixed and mobile voice are likely to continue to decline. Although some
growth is expected to be seen within mobile messaging and data packages,
and broadband and narrowband services, this is likely to do little to
offset the overall decline within the telecommunications market. As a
result, telecommunications operators are expected to seek out new areas
of growth, such as digital services including VoIP solutions, e.g.
Microsoft's (News - Alert) Skype.
- British Sky Broadcasting Group Plc
- Bt Group Plc
- Everything Everywhere Ltd
- Hutchison 3G Uk Ltd
- Telefonica Uk Ltd
- Virgin Media Ltd
- Vodafone (News - Alert) Group Plc
For more information visit http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/wfkx79/digital
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