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Worldwide HTML5 phone sales forecast

 

Source: “One Billion HTML5 Phones to be Sold Worldwide in 2013,” Strategy Analytics, 7 December 2011.



Many incumbent carriers have announced improvements to their broadband performance estimates thanks to VDSL2 bonding.

 

New VDSL solutions improve superfast broadband speeds


As fixed-line operators press ahead with superfast broadband rollout, technology advances are helping to boost the performance levels of copper-based VDSL2 networks that support fiber-to-the-cabinet (FTTC). Many incumbent carriers have announced improvements to their broadband performance estimates thanks to VDSL2 bonding — which aggregates two copper VDSL lines per subscriber — and vectoring — which eliminates interference between parallel DSL lines.

In the final months of 2011, a number of carriers announced plans to deploy such techniques as part of their VDSL rollouts. In September, Belgacom revealed it was working with Alcatel-Lucent to provide guaranteed speeds of 50Mbps to VDSL users. The Belgian incumbent currently offers 78.9% VDSL coverage, with plans to increase levels to 85% by the end of 2013.

Improved incarnations of VDSL are helping incumbents extend the life of copper assets, and it is no coincidence that many early adopters of bonding techniques are competing against cable players, who have long held a speed advantage in broadband through DOCSIS 3.0 network upgrades of their own.

Looking ahead, the cost advantages of extracting better performance from copper will help accelerate VDSL rollouts, perhaps at the expense of full-blown fiber. In the context of national broadband plans, they will enlarge the coverage areas for superfast services, making national broadband targets easier to reach. This is especially true of larger countries with substantial rural populations that depend on long cabinet loops.

The rise of HTML5 signals change in the mobile app world


The rise of HTML5 web technology continues to cause a stir in the telecom and technology sectors. The latest iteration of hypertext markup language promises to make life a lot easier for application developers through enhanced and simplified functionality. Perhaps most importantly, it is interoperable across different smartphone platforms, meaning developers can “write once” for the fast-growing mobile internet ecosystem.

Worldwide HTML5 phone sales forecast


Source: “One Billion HTML5 Phones to be Sold Worldwide in 2013,” Strategy Analytics, 7 December 2011.

While this helps reduce fragmentation, improved mobile websites could threaten the established mobile app business model. For operators themselves, it could open an opportunity to provide cross-smartphone platform stores. Already, vendors are providing solutions for operators to create browser-based stores that work on the latest smartphones.


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