Facebook and Mobile, Google and Infrastructure: Predictions for 2013

 
 
By Nathan Eddy  |  Posted 2012-12-21
 
 
 

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.

Free WiFi Becomes a Victim of its Own Success

Facebook Doubles Down on Mobile

Mobile ad revenue alone won’t be enough to keep Facebook prosperous, so company officials will have to consider their options when trying to move to a mobile-centric business strategy.

Facebook Doubles Down on Mobile

Whaddup, WhatsApp?

The hype bubble around WhatsApp and other messaging services will continue to expand in 2013, especially driven by frequent acquisition rumors, Informa predicts.

Whaddup, WhatsApp?

Digital Services Must Pay

Investors will demand a clear path to revenue from investments into digital services before operators begin to feel any share-price benefit from initiatives.

Digital Services Must Pay

Google, Netflix Infrastructure Investments

Content providers like Google and Netflix will continue to invest heavily in extending their infrastructure closer to users in 2013 in an effort to gain more from reduced costs and increased network efficiency.

Google, Netflix Infrastructure Investments

Device Distribution Disruptions

Physical and online retailers, such as Amazon, as well as device-platform owners, such as Apple or Google, will accelerate their own initiatives to disrupt traditional device distribution models.

Device Distribution Disruptions

Sharing or Not Caring

The logic of network sharing will increasingly be questioned by the industry, given the core strategic importance of a differentiated network platform, Informa predicts.

Sharing or Not Caring

VoLTE

Boosted by a lack of any negative customer feedback about interim voice for LTE solutions, more operators will join Verizon Wireless in pushing out their timelines for the commercial deployment of VoLTE.

VoLTE

APIs Advance

APIs will become the leading currency of the digital economy—speeding service activation, configuration, customer experience management and time to revenue.

APIs Advance

Netflix Hits

The firm predicts online entertainment streaming and mail order powerhouse Netflix will produce a hit television show.

Netflix Hits

Rocket Fuel