In the spotlight for this year’s Telecommunications Predictions: How and where people get connected using their mobile devices. Find out more by accessing the reports as well as related videos and podcasts.
Phil Asmundson, Duncan Stewart and Paul Lee discuss developments in the telecoms sector in this video about the telecommunications predictions for 2011.
Listen to the podcast about the telecommunications predictions discussed by Jolyon Barker and Phil Asmundson.
1. Getting to 4G cheaply: will many carriers opt for 3.5G instead?
Deloitte predicts that 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, such as High Speed Packet Access (HSPA+), and the handsets that work with them.
2. Wi-Fi complements cellular broadband: data on the move
Deloitte predicts that in 2011 the volume of data uploaded or downloaded from portable devices via public Wi-Fi networks will grow at a much faster rate (25 – 50 percent) than the volume carried over cellular broadband networks.
3. What is “in store” for Wi-Fi: online comparison shopping on aisle 3
Deloitte predicts that in 2011, 25 percent of North American big box and anchor tenant retailers will begin offering free in-store Wi-Fi access to shoppers.
4. Video calling: the basics go mainstream, but usage remains niche
Deloitte believes that in 2011 video calling will be cheaper, better and more widely available than ever; yet a boom in demand is unlikely.