Facebook and Mobile, Google and Infrastructure: Predictions for 2013

By Nathan Eddy  |  Posted 2012-12-21 Print this article Print
Free WiFi Becomes a Victim of its Own Success

Free WiFi Becomes a Victim of its Own Success

There will be a shift in operator sentiment away from public WiFi as it becomes evident that the growing availability of free-to-end-user WiFi devalues the mobile-broadband business model.


Telecommunications industry research firm Informa Telecoms & Media revealed its Top 10 trends for 2013 for the telecoms and media sectors. Five of the predictions relate directly to telecoms operators and the other five cover the TV, digital media and over-the-top (OTT) communications sector. The predictions involve some of the biggest players in social media, such as Facebook, as well as content providers, search engines, streaming media specialists and providers of digital services. All these organizations will have to cope with a changing consumer landscape more focused on mobile devices like tablets and smartphones. "We reckon that 2013 is going to be another tough year for the telecoms industry with a continued emphasis on cost control," Informa Chief Research Officer Mark Newman said. "For operators, the migration to a data-centric business and revenue model will continue apace. But both established and new players are trying to figure out how best to monetize mobile usage. Don’t be surprised to see some of the disruptors being disrupted by new technologies and business models in 2013."


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