Deloitte: For the First Time Ever, More Than 1 Billion Smartphones Will Be Sold Globally in 2013
LTE Technology Rapid Upswing to Be Expected
"As in last year, in 2013 we will also experience a rapid rise in the popularity of internal social networks, which will become part and parcel of corporate internal communication,"
- Petr Viktora,
Director in the ICT Advisory of Deloitte
New York/Prague, 23 January 2013 – More than 1 billion smartphones will be sold globally this year. In terms of technology, 2013 will also bring a sharp increase in LTE (Long-Term Evolution) technology. Mobile advertising will be split into two categories – tablets and smartphones – and more than 90% of user-generated passwords will be vulnerable to hacking in a matter of seconds. These are the main conclusions for selected 2013 predictions published in the 12th edition of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited's (DTTL) Technology, Media and Telecommunications (TMT) Predictions report. The TMT Predictions 2013 report also forecasts the growing popularity of social networks, which are to become a part of internal communication in 90% of large businesses. However, the era of the personal computer (PC) is not over either.
"This year's predictions cover a range of interesting topics, from the continued dominance of personal computers, despite inferior sales relative to smart devices, the developments around LTE, and data access, to smartphones and the vulnerability of passwords," said Zdeněk Křížek, Partner in the ICT Advisory and Risk Management function of Deloitte.
"As in last year, in 2013 we will also experience a rapid rise in the popularity of internal social networks, which will become part and parcel of corporate internal communication. By the end of 2013, enterprise social networks (ESN) will be launched in more than 90% of large businesses, which is an increase of 70% compared with 2011. Only one-third of users will read the ESN messages once or several times a week and approximately 40% will post their own message on ESN once a month," said Petr Viktora, Director in the ICT Advisory of Deloitte.
"Social networks may become an effective tool for corporate internal communication. However, companies must still remember the legal aspects of employee privacy protection. As a great deal of employee personal data is usually processed on social networks, inappropriate setting of these systems may pose a threat of extensive sanctions being imposed on companies by the Office for Personal Data Protection," adds Jakub Hájek, attorney at law at Ambruz & Dark/Deloitte Legal.
"LTE high-speed data technologies will have a significant impact on the portfolio of services offered to consumers and companies. Operators offering this high-speed data network will have a considerable advantage over their competitors," said Zdeněk Křížek. "In terms of telecommunications, the Czech Republic can expect a very interesting year. We are convinced that the sale of LTE frequencies will finally be finished and we will also welcome new virtual operators," Křížek added.
The list of major 2013 TMT predictions:
Full details about the global TMT Predictions are available here: http://www.deloitte.com/Predictions2013
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