Connected devices play an increasingly important role in today's economies, where a growing number of devices are used by individuals for both work and play. Tracking these devices and their market penetration is important for service providers and enterprises, to help develop their own service strategies.
A useful tool is the Consumer Technology Association's (CTA) Extended Forecasts report, produced twice a year. It provides data and projections for a variety of electronics devices shipped in the US. (See CTA Unveils 2017 Forecasts for Key Consumer Technology Categories.)
The report is based on data collected from CTA member companies. The infographic below provides 2017 unit shipment forecasts for a number of key device categories, along with revenue estimates and growth rates.
According to the CTA, total US consumer technology revenue will reach a record high, at $292.5 billion, 1.5% higher than 2016. Smartphones will contribute $55.6 billion, followed by digital displays (mostly Ultra HD TV sets) at $19 billion, vehicle technology at $17 billion and tablets at $16.4 billion.
10/16/2017 Huawei Network Transformation SeminarThe adoption of virtualization technology and cloud architectures by telecom network operators is now well underway but there is still a long way to go before the transition to an era of Network Functions Cloudification (NFC) is complete.
In this Telco Transformation radio show, IHS Markit's Michael Howard will talk about the network domains that carriers are targeting for SDN, the top SDN services that are driving revenues and the deployment barriers this year. Howard will also address whether carriers are embracing open source or using vendor-specific implementations.
MEF is working to define, deliver, and certify dynamic communications services that are orchestrated across a global ecosystem of automated, virtualized and interconnected networks. In this radio show, MEF CTO Pascal Menezes talks about the challenges and the solutions that his organization is working on and provides a preview of the MEF17 conference in November.
Software-defined networking (SDN) is a key component of services providers' virtualization game plans and AT&T and Level 3 Communications have been at the forefront of its adoption.
In this webinar, Andrew Dugan, CTO of Level 3 Communications, and Amy Wheelus, Vice President of Cloud and D2 Platform Integration at AT&T, will discuss how their companies have leveraged SDN within their networks, services and applications. Some of the key areas that will be covered include:
Automation, APIs and lifecycle service orchestration
The continued evolution of SDN-based solutions and SDN in networks, including SD-WAN, dynamic cloud connections and scalable Ethernet and security solutions.