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Deloitte analysis of top telecommunications trends for 2011

Deloitte analysis of top telecommunications trends for 2011

-     Getting to 4G cheaply: will many carriers opt for 3.5G instead?

-     Video calling: the base goes mainstream, but usage remains niche


The Technology, Media and Telecommunications (TMT) practice at Deloitte today announces its predictions for the telecommunications sector in 2011.


Getting to 4G cheaply: will many carriers opt for 3.5G instead?

In 2011, the deployment of next generation Long Term Evolution (LTE) wireless networks will fall short of industry expectations due to the continuing viability of the latest third generation (3G) wireless technologies. Fewer than 30 LTE carriers in six countries are likely to offer commercial service by the end of 2011. The adoption of 4G might be slower than expected because some mobile providers have not fully utilized their existing 3G spectrum. Also, LTE, as it exists today, does not offer the quantum leap in speeds and features over 3G as experienced in previous generational upgrades.


Video calling: the base goes mainstream, but usage remains niche

In 2011, video calling will be cheaper, better, and more widely available than ever; yet a boom in demand is unlikely. While video calling continues to grow, the vast majority of business and consumer calls will remain purely voice-based; most callers do not yet perceive a need for video. Despite many recent innovations, video calls still cannot compete with the richness and depth of face-to-face meetings.


Notes to editors


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The 2011 series of Predictions has drawn on internal and external inputs from conversations with member firm clients, contributions from Deloitte member firms’ 7,000 partners and managers specialising in TMT, and discussions with industry analysts as well as interviews with leading executives from around the world.

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