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Number of ZTE phones in US prepaid market fell 48% in 2018 due to political pressure, says GlobalData

Once a leader in the US prepaid market, ZTE is disappearing from US prepaid operator shelves due to its troubles with the US government, says GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company GlobalData’s pricing tracker, ‘Handset Pricing and Promotions, Web, U.S.’, shows that the number of ZTE smartphones on prepaid operator shelves fell 48% from...

Apple focuses investor attention on services, platform strength and future profits as it stops revealing unit sales

Following yesterdays announcement (Thursday 1 November) that Apple will no longer reveal their unit sales figures,

Global installed base of smart speakers to surpass 200 million in 2020, says GlobalData

The global installed base for smart speakers will hit 100 million early next year, before surpassing the 200 million mark at some point in 2020, according to GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company. The company’s latest report: ‘Smart Speakers – Thematic Research’ states that nearly every leading technology company is either already producing a...

GlobalData’s Thematic Summit Autumn 2018: Gaining competitive advantage through digital transformation

GlobalData’s Thematic Summit Autumn 2018: Gaining competitive advantage through digital transformation Digital transformation is the subject of GlobalData’s Thematic Summit Autumn 2018, at the Millennium Gloucester Hotel, London, on Thursday 22nd November. The summit will examine the role of the following four specific disruptive technologies in delivering real and sustainable business change: artificial intelligence (AI);...

Apple advances its efforts to make iPad Pro a proper computer, while giving consumers what they want in a long-awaited update to the MacBook Air, says GlobalData

Following Apple’s event in Brooklyn, NY yesterday (Tuesday 30th October) where the company announced a completely new iPad Pro tablet and long-awaited updates to the MacBook Air, Mac Mini. Avi Greengart, Research Director for Consumer Platforms & Devices, at GlobalData a leading data and analytics company, attending the event, offers his view on these key...

Tech Firms, Food Retailers, and NGOs Collaborate to apply Blockchain to global food supply chains, says GlobalData

From coffee and fish to wine and olive oil, blockchain, a digital ledger technology, is being applied to global food supply chains in ways that promise to benefit producers, distributors, retailers and consumers, says GlobalData a leading data and analytics company. Cross-industry collaboration has emerged as the dominant model for successful applications of blockchain to...

Ambient commerce offers consumers a new way to shop, will boost retail spending on IoT technology to $5.3bn, says GlobalData

Ambient commerce is an important use case for the Internet of Things (IoT) and promises to be a game changing retail technology, according to GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company. According to the  latest report from GlobalData’s Thematic Research Team, ‘Ambient Commerce’ – which combines  technology with the physical space associated with retail stores...

US mobile carriers promote retail stores to complement their online presence, says GlobalData

Many US wireless carriers are expanding their retail footprints, not just via traditional brick-and-mortar locations, but also through experiential concept stores as well as on-the-fly pop-up and mobile sites, according to GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company. The company’s latest report: ‘Wireless Carriers Are Extending Their Retail Footprints, Complementing Clicks with Bricks’ explores the...

Amazon’s UK investment demonstrates demand for AI technologies, says GlobalData

Following today’s news (October 19, 2018) that online retail giant, Amazon, has created thousands of new technology jobs in the UK, Brad Shimmin, Service Director for Technology and Software at GlobalData, offers his view on this expansion: “Amazon’s increased investment in highly valued skill sets in the UK and elsewhere not only reflects the importance...

IBM and SAP lead cloud-based enterprise AI platform market, says GlobalData

IBM and SAP stand out as leaders in the market for cloud-based enterprise artificial intelligence (AI) platforms, according to GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company. The company’s new report: ‘Cloud-based Enterprise AI Platforms: Competitive Landscape Assessment’ states that IBM and SAP offer a full suite of AI capabilities and features, function- and industry-specific tools,...

Contactless rise puts cash under pressure, says GlobalData

Following Worldpay’s announcement today (16 Oct) that contactless overtook chip & PIN for in-store card payments this year, Sam Murrant, Senior Analyst in Payments at GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company, offers his view on role of contactless cards in the UK: ‘‘Contactless card holding and usage has been on a meteoric upward trajectory...

Home fixed wireless broadband emerging as early 5G use case, says GlobalData

Operators racing to beat their competitors to 5G mobile services are, in some markets, using residential fixed wireless access (FWA) service to demonstrate leadership and boost their 5G credibility, according to GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company. The company’s latest report: ‘5G Fixed Wireless – An Early 5G Use Case’ states that 5G FWA...

Hadoop powerhouses Cloudera and Hortonworks join forces to fight the cloud

Following the announcement that Cloudera and Hortonworks are to merge in a deal worth $5.2bn, Brad Shimmin, Service Director at GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company, offers his view on this important merger: “Big data platform heavyweights Cloudera and Hortonworks have agreed to an all-stock merger of equals, leaving the market with only a...

Africa & the Middle East set to have the fastest growing fibre broadband segment globally to 2023

Fibre optic access lines in Africa and Middle East (AME) is expected to grow by a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 19% between 2018 and 2023, making it the fastest growing region globally, according to GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company. Western Europe and Latin America will be growing by a CAGR of...

Over half of surveyed executives rank self-optimizing networks and AI assistants as top growth AI use cases in the telecom industry

Self-diagnostics and self-optimization for mobile networks were identified as one of the telecoms Artificial Intelligence (AI) use cases with the highest growth potential over the next two years, according to GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company. GlobalData’s report: ‘Artificial Intelligence Adoption, Usage & Investment Trends in the Telecoms Industry’ found that 61% of respondents...

Pay-TV penetration in Africa and the Middle East set to grow faster than all other major regions to 2022

Africa and the Middle East (AME) pay-TV household penetration is expected to outpace all other major regions between 2017 and 2022, increasing from 16% in 2017 to 23.2% in 2022, according to GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company. According to GlobalData’s report: ‘Pay-TV Market Trends and Opportunities in Africa & the Middle East’ the...

New tools from IBM and Google reveal just how hard it is to build trust in Artificial Intelligence, says GlobalData

The unseen dangers inherent in Artificial Intelligence (AI) are proving the importance of IBM and Google’s diverse approach to this multifaceted problem, Brad Shimmin, Service Director at GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company, offers his perspective on this important issue, “Artificial Intelligence (AI) has already changed the way consumers interact with technology and the...

Cybersecurity is the most important emerging technology for businesses, says GlobalData

Cybersecurity is the most important emerging technology for businesses globally, according to GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company. The company’s latest report, Global Emerging Technology Trends Survey 2018, based on a survey of more than 1,500 companies, states that cybersecurity was identified as the most important emerging technology by more than half of all...

Top 25 global technology companies by market cap, Q2 2018, researched by GlobalData

The performance highlights of the Top 25 publicly traded global technology companies by Market Cap (Mcap) for the quarter ended June 30, 2018 (Q2) ), compared to the quarter ended March 31, 2018 (Q1), have been analyzed in the latest research from GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company. The completed analysis reveals a number...

Prepaid wireless carriers will launch more promotional offers during 2018 than they did in each of the past two years, says GlobalData

Competition among U.S. prepaid mobile service providers has once again heated up. *2016 saw the top five prepaid carriers make numerous promotional service offers to attract new customers, but the total number of offers declined during 2017. However, increased marketing activity has set the stage for the overall number of promotional offers in the prepaid...

Apple’s iPhone looks poised to accelerate its U.S. prepaid market penetration, says GlobalData

At Apple’s ‘Gather Round’ event on Sept. 12, we can expect to see numerous new devices, with rumors indicating the unveiling of multiple new iPhone models. This should be good news not only for postpaid wireless brands but prepaid brands as well, where the iPhone has built a strong following, according to GlobalData, a leading data...

Morgan Stanley tops GlobalData’s ranking of global M&A financial advisers in ICT for Q2 2018

Morgan Stanley led the competition of top 10 M&A financial advisers for the ICT industry in the latest league table for Q2 2018, compiled by leading data analytics company GlobalData. The bank held a clear lead over other advisers both in terms of value and volume, with $118.4bn and 23 deals, respectively for the quarter,...

Smartphones can get even bigger if vendors are willing to risk it

The original iPhone launched in 2007 with just a 3.5-inch display. Since then, phones have grown dramatically and Samsung’s new Note9 features its largest screen yet, at 6.4 inches. There are limits to how large phones can get, but some vendors are going to push the envelope further, according to GlobalData, a leading data and...

IT budgets shifting to spend more on digital twin enabling technology

New research from GlobalData reveals a significant shift toward Artificial Intelligence (AI) and big data platform spending among IT practitioners. Brad Shimmin, Service Director at GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company, offers his view on this finding and the future of digital transformation: “If the last few years has shown anything it’s that the...

Comcast’s addition of Amazon Prime Video further positions Xfinity X1 as a go-to video hub

Following the news that Comcast has agreed to launch Amazon Prime Video on Xfinity X1 starting later this year, Tammy Parker, Senior Global Telecom Consumer Services Analyst at GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company, offers her views on the agreement: “This is the first time Amazon’s Prime Video app has been integrated into a...

T-Mobile’s ‘Un-carrier’ customer care move hints at its forthcoming pay-TV strategy

Following yesterday’s news (Wednesday 15 August) that T-Mobile USA is overhauling its customer care with a human-centered approach called ‘Team of Experts’, Tammy Parker, Senior Technology Analyst at GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company, offers her view: “Promoting strong customer support as an Un-carrier feature hints at part of T-Mobile’s planned strategy for challenging...

Samsung’s Galaxy Note9 is a technical powerhouse, but is too similar to the Note8 – and too expensive – to grow market share

Following yesterday’s news (Thursday 9 August) from Samsung’s Unpacked event, Avi Greengart, Research Director for Consumer Platforms and Devices at GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company, offers his view on the Galaxy Note9, Galaxy Watch, Galaxy Home, and new partnership with Spotify: Galaxy Note9 “The new Galaxy Note9 has top-of-the-line specs along with extras...

Epic Games bypassing Google Play store and offering Fortnite directly to Android users is not the start of a trend

Following the news that Epic Games, the maker of the popular game Fortnite: Battle Royale, will not distribute the game via Google Play store when it becomes available on the Android platform later this summer, Lynnette Luna, Principal Analyst at GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company, offers her view on the issue: “Google is...

Apple v Pepper elevated to US Supreme Court where developers seek acknowledgement

Following the news in June that the US Supreme Court decided to hear the ongoing antitrust case of Apple v Pepper, software developer groups have been helping publicize what promises to be a pivotal case on determining application ownership in the future. Charlotte Dunlap, Principal Analyst at GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company, offers...

Facebook growth is beginning to stall and the future lies in Instagram, WhatsApp and Messenger

Following yesterday’s news (Wednesday 25 July) of Facebook’s lower-than-expected Q2 earnings: Lynnette Luna, Principal Analyst at GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company, offers her view on Facebook’s current challenges: “Facebook’s missed expectations on revenues and user growth and management’s warning that revenue growth rates would decelerate in the next two quarters, likely reflect more...

ZTE needs to split up and rebrand

The US government has allowed ZTE to resume buying US technology and get back to business, but it cannot be business as usual, according to GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company.

Pay-TV operators in the Americas look at OTT video opportunities to offset client loses

Pay-TV penetration in the Americas is set to decline through 2022 due to ongoing cord-cutting trends in North America, where an increasing number of households are swapping their traditional pay-TV subscriptions for over-the-top (OTT) alternatives, says GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company.

New players in the MVNO segment to boost competition in the Peruvian mobile market

Over the last few years, the Peruvian telecoms regulator OSIPTEL has been introducing a series of measures to boost competition in the mobile communications market, including the ongoing reduction of mobile termination rates (MTR) and the introduction specific regulation aimed at facilitating the entry of mobile virtual network operator (MVNOs) in the market, according to...

Walmart’s move to Microsoft Azure more about AI dominance than cloud reach

Following the news (Monday, 16 July) that Walmart had entered into a five year strategic partnership with Microsoft that would see the retail giant shift its business to both Microsoft Azure and Microsoft 365, Brad Shimmin, Technology Analyst at GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company, offers his view on the real drivers underscoring this...

Top 25 Global Technology Companies by Market Cap (Q1 2018)

The performance highlights of the Top 25 publicly traded global technology companies by Market Cap (Mcap) between the last day of Q1 2018 and the last day of Q4 2017 have been analysed in the latest research from GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company. The completed day vs day (31 Mar 2018 vs 31 Dec 2017) analysis reveals a number of interesting insights.

Top 25 Global Technology Companies by Market Cap (end of 2017)

Top 25 Global Technology Companies by Market Cap (end of 2017) The performance highlights of the Top 25 publicly traded global technology companies have been revealed in the latest research from GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company. The completed analysis reveals a number of interesting insights. Apple, Alphabet and Microsoft maintained their dominance of...

Systems integration contracts dominate IT services deals in India, says GlobalData

System integration contracts now dominate the IT services landscape in India following steady growth in recent years, according to leading data and analytics company GlobalData. The company’s ‘IT Services Contracts Database’ reveals that this type of contract accounted for nearly half (48%) of the all IT services deals in the country during 2017.

Believe it or not, AI needs people to succeed

Advancements within the AI field of machine learning allow computers to learn without being explicitly programmed. User friendly tools may put the power of artificial intelligence (AI) into people’s hands, but without the right specialists to light the way there’s no guarantee of success according to GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company.

Solar eclipses all other new types of electricity generation in 2016 to become the world’s favourite

Solar has become the world’s favorite new type of electricity generation, with more solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity being installed than any other generation technology according to GlobalData, a recognized leader in providing business information and analytics.

85% of Indian enterprises increasing their ICT budgets in 2017

India’s strong economy, which remains the fastest-growing major economy in the world, has prompted its enterprises to increase investments pertaining to information and communications technology (ICT), with 85% of survey respondents willing to increase their ICT budgets in 2017, compared to 75% in 2016, according to GlobalData, a recognized leader in providing business information and analytics.

The importance of megacities in the contemporary economy

As the urban population continues to increase, there is a significant increase in the number of ‘megacities’ on the planet. GlobalData’s latest city data reveals that in 2025 there will be 41 megacities globally, including 12 in China and six in India.

Data center services are a strategic focus area for telcos in sub-Saharan Africa

Telecommunications companies (telcos) in the sub-Saharan Africa region, which have traditionally focused on voice and data connectivity, are increasingly looking to expand their enterprise services portfolio and transition towards offering IT services, according to GlobalData, a recognized leader in providing business information and analytics.

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