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Infonetics on Home Networking

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Infonetics on Home Networking

According to Infonetics Research multiscreen video is an important networking industry driver, pushing global H1 2013 home networking device revenues worth $5.4 billion with 6% Y-o-Y growth.

“Like broadband CPE, home networking devices continue to grow as fixed broadband subscribers increase around the globe," the analyst says. "The types of services being delivered over data networks are growing as well, with the most important being multiscreen video.”

W. European and N. American operators distribute video around the home through higher-end gateways and STBs packing both wired and wireless technology. These in turn drive a secondary market of MoCA STBs and HomePlug adapters connecting TVs, Blu-ray player, game consoles and a growing peripheral ecosystem to home networks.

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GfK on Europe's Purchasing Power

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GfK on Europe's Purchasing Power

The European continent sees a stark divide when it comes to average purchasing power GfK reports, as the spectrum ranges from 4.5 times the European average in Liechtenstein to one-tenth the average in Moldova.

According to the analyst approximately €8.62 trillion worth of spending and saving money is available to consumers from 41 European countries in 2013, making average per-capita purchasing power of €12890. However "considerable discrepancies" remain-- from €58844 per-capita in Liechtenstein to just €1848 in Moldova.

The analyst defines purchasing power as "the money available to consumers for all expenditures related to food, accommodation and services as well as consumer purchases." Arguably the inhabitants of more affluent countries devote large portions of income on essentials such as rent and higher living costs, but they still retain more money for non-essential purchases than consumers with lower purchasing power.

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IHS: Smartphones, Tablet Revenues to Exceed All CE

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IHS: Smartphones, Tablet Revenues to Exceed All CE

Combined 2013 global factory revenues for smartphones and tablets are to grow larger than revenues for the entire CE market IHS forecasts-- a first in what the analyst says is a "dramatic sign" of rapidly changing consumer tastes.

According to IHS 2013 WW tablet and smartphone revenues will total $354.3 billion, 3% more than the $344.4bn factory revenue for the CE market covering anything from TVs and audio equipment to cameras, game consoles and home appliances.

As recently as 2012 the CE dwarfed mobile devices by 30%.

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Gartner: "Lower-Priced Devices Drive Growth"

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Global combined PC, tablet and mobile device shipments are to reach 2.32 billion with 4.5% growth according to Gartner, with a shift to lower-priced devices across all categories driving the market.

As we all know, traditional (desktop and notebook) PC shipments are forecast to drop by -11.2% to 303m units, while the overall PC market (including ultramobiles) is to decline by 8.4%.

Mobile phone volume is to reach over 1.8bn units with 3.7% growth, while tablet shipments are to reach 184m units with 53.4% growth. When it comes to tablets, Gartner confirms the "smaller is better" maxim-- according to a recent international consumer study the average tablet display sizes stands at the 8.3-9.5 inch range, with 45% of 21500 surveyed consumers owning a tablet 8-inch or less in size.

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GfK: EU Crisis is (Hopefully) Over

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GfK: EU Crisis is (Hopefully) Over

Across Europe hopes are on the rise as the worst of the crisis appears to be finally over, GfK reports-- a number of countries show "considerable" growth in some areas during Q2 2013, while the downward trend shows slowdown in others.

The findings come from the GfK Consumer Climate Europe survey covering the economic development, income expectations and willingness to buy among consumers in 14 European countries.

Overall the EU economy registered 0.4% Q-o-Q growth during Q2 2012, with "Considerable" increases in France, Germany, Portugal and the UK and at least "slight" recovery in the still-shrinking Spanish and Italian economies.

French foreign trade deficit declined significantly, Greece managed to achieve a positive trade balance, and unemployment declined for the first time in 2 years in Portugal.

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Juniper: "Strong Market Demand" for Wearables

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Juniper Research predicts retail revenues from wearable electronics (including smartwatches and glasses) are to reach $1.4 billion in 2013 before growing to $19bn by 2018, thanks to the combination of high price points and "strong" market demand.

“It is worth observing that this change in adoption levels can also be attributable to heightened consumer awareness of wearable technology and a better visibility of product adoption, especially in the smart watch segment," the analyst says.

According to Juniper the wearable device market should see several changes in the near future as the app model develops and embedded cellular connectivity use increases. These include subscription-based revenues for devices and developers across the health, sports and communication segments.

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IDC: Internet of Things Will "Change Everything"

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IDC: Internet of Things Will

The Internet of Things (IoT) is "poised to change everything" IDC reports-- promising "huge potential" for new revenue and customer streams with global revenues growing from $4.8 trillion in 2012 to $8.9 trillion by 2020 with a CAGR of 7.9%.

According to the analyst the WW installed base of IoT "things" will reach around 212 billion by end 2012, a total including 30.1bn installed "connected (autonomous) things." Driving such growth are intelligent systems collecting data across both consumer and enterprise applications.

Ongoing developments in smart cities, cars and houses, enhanced connectivity infrastructure and an increasingly connected culture further aid growth.

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IDC: Tablets to Beat PCs

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IDC: Tablets to Beat PCs

Tablet shipments should surpass PC shipments on Q4 2013 before surpassing PCs on an annual basis by end 2015, IDC reports in the Quarterly Smart Connected Device forecast.

The analyst predicts the overall connected device market (combining PC, tablets and smartphones) will grow by 27.8% in 2013, with shipments reaching 1.6 billion units. Tablets and smartphones predictably spur such growth, while IDC lowers 2013 PC outlook by 10%.

In terms of revenue smart connected devices will grow by 10.6% to $622.4bn in 2013-- but such growth will trickle to just 3.1% by 2017, a tapering forecast caused by the the growing impact of low-cost smartphones and white box tablets.

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PC Evolution - Apple leads, Lenovo gains

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PC Evolution - Apple leads, Lenovo gains

Estimates from Canalys this month show Apple continuing to lead the global PC market, with China’s Lenovo in a strong second place. Canalys includes tablets in its numbers, reflecting the impact iPad and other devices have had on the overall market.

Apple held a 17% share in Q2 2013, with 18.6 million units, of which around 15M were iPads. Lenovo’s 13% share was primarily PCs, with only around 1.5M tablets shipped. The other big winner was Samsung, with a 10% share, and growth of 106% year on year.

These numbers reflect two intersecting discontinuities, whose impact is still reverberating across the industry. These are the growth of the tablet form factor, dubbed the “post PC world” by Steve Jobs, and the eastwards shift of the global economic centre of gravity, in particular towards China. These transitions are still playing out, and history will be the final judge, but we can pinpoint their defining moments. Continue reading...

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