Digital Communications Report 2015
- ID: 3272321
- January 2015
- Region: United Kingdom
- 64 Pages
- Key Note Ltd
This report examines the UK market for digital communications, covering fixed-line and mobile telephony and data services, and Internet-based communication channels.
This Market Update analyses the digital telecommunications sector in terms of value, including retail spend and aggregate sector turnover, alongside connection and subscription volumes of the various digital services. The report will also examine current and future trends driving the market.
The digital communications market is fairly diverse in scope, due mainly to the development and proliferation of the Internet, and new innovative mobile devices capable of accessing online features on the move. This has led to increasing consumption across a diverse range of communication channels. As such, three main sectors will be discussed within the scope of this report:
traditional fixed-line voice telephony
mobile voice and data services
Internet connections on a range of devices, including desktop, laptop and tablet computers.
There are a number of terms specific to the digital communications market used within this report, including:
- ‘Landline’ - a conventional telecommunications connection using a solid medium, such as metal wire or fibre optic cable, for transmission.
- ‘Digital’ - a system based on discrete, discontinuous data or events, as opposed to systems based on continuous, analogue signals. In recent years, digital services have become increasingly ubiquitous following the ‘Digital Switchover’ from analogue television broadcasting in 2012 and the launch of digital radio stations across many UK national and regional broadcasters. Furthermore, the public switch telephone network (PSTN) - the aggregate of the world’s switched telephone networks - is now predominantly digital.
- ‘Digital voice transmission’ - the transmission of voice signals as digital data, or the conversion of analogue signals into digital data (and vice versa), which are then sent using digital radio signals or via a digital network.
- ‘Data transmission’ - the physical transmission over point-to-point or point-to-multipoint communication channels.
- ‘Smartphone’ - mobile phones using a mobile operating system (OS) with more advanced computing capabilities and connectivity in comparison to ‘feature phones’. Such phones have a wide range of functionality and features, from portable media players, cameras and global position system (GPS) software, to Wi-Fi and mobile broadband, in addition to traditional call and text functionality.
- ‘3G/4G’ - the third- and fourth-generations of mobile phone communication technology standards, used by mobile devices, such as smartphones, tablet computers and e-readers. 3G and 4G networks facilitate access to mobile broadband and have applications in wireless voice telephony, mobile Internet access, fixed wireless Internet access, video calls and mobile television.
- ‘Wi-Fi’ - defined as a wireless local area network (WLAN) that allows electronic devices to connect to the Internet wirelessly using radio waves. Numerous devices are Wi-Fi enabled, including PCs, video game consoles, smartphones, certain digital cameras and many digital audio players
The digital communications market can be segmented by type of communication. There are three main methods of communicating digitally:
- fixed telephony - traditional telephony services using a ‘fixed line’, commonly referred to as landlines
- mobile telephony and data - covering mobile voice and message transmission, alongside various other Internet-based communication platforms via 3G, 4G or Wi-Fi connections, such as Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP), short message service (SMS), instant messaging (IM), video-calling and general Internet access
- fixed data - covering fixed Internet connections that facilitate a range of communications channels, including e-mail, VoIP, IM and social networking
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1. Introduction & Definition
2. REPORT COVERAGE
3. MARKET SECTORS
What’s KEY in the Market?
4. KEY DRIVERS
5. MARKET TRENDS
Take-Up of Communication Services
Voice Over Internet Protocol
Landline Use in Decline
6. ECONOMIC TRENDS
7. MARKET POSITION
8. HOW ROBUST IS THE MARKET?
Market Size, Segmentation & Forecasts
9. MARKET SIZE & SEGMENTATION
The Total Market
Future Economic Trends
Forecast Total Market
10. MARKET GROWTH
11. MARKET SUMMARY
Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities & Threats
Strategic Review of Digital Communications
Broadband Delivery UK
Cheaper Mobile Phone Contracts
Potential Major Acquisitions in the Mobile Market
Low Uptake Among Older Consumers
VoIP and Other Non-Traditional Communication Channels
‘White Space’ Wireless Technology