rssconsumer IDC RSS alerts Broadband Providers Increase Speeds; Cable Grows Subscriber Numbers <P>Cable operators in the United States continue to increase broadband speeds and gain market share. However, telcos are not simply sitting back, as they are also making network investments to retain a level of competitive offers. This IDC Link looks at some of the recent announcements by cable and telco service providers covering residential and business subscribers.</P> IDC Link Wed, 21 Mar 2018 04:00:00 GMT Jason Blackwell Cloud's Long Tail: Telcos, Cloud Marketplaces, and Cloud Brokers <P>This document provides an overview of hiring cloud services through marketplaces, cloud services brokers, and the offering models by telecommunication carriers in Latin America. The accelerated growth of cloud services in Latin America will continue with double-digit rates in the next three to five years. "The extension of the cloud adoption ecosystem will be greatly enhanced by the selection of marketplaces and services through brokers and carriers," says Jeronimo Pina, program research manager of software and cloud services practice, IDC Latin America. </P> IDC Perspective Wed, 21 Mar 2018 04:00:00 GMT Jeronimo Piña IDC Financial Insights' 2018 Western European Banking Trends: Results from the European Vertical Markets Survey, 2017 <P>This IDC Survey analyzes the 2017 <I>IDC E</I><I>uropean Vertical Markets</I><I> Survey</I> for the European banking sector. The survey was carried out between July and October 2017 and targeted managers with IT responsibilities. The survey analyzes data for 117 European banks across 10 European countries (France, Germany, the U.K., Italy, Spain, Denmark, Finland, Norway, the Netherlands, and Sweden) from different sectors of the banking industry. </P><P>This presentation focuses on business outlooks, IT budget distribution activities, external IT spending and ownership, leading business initiatives that influence IT decisions, and top information security priorities among banks across Europe.</P> IDC Survey Wed, 21 Mar 2018 04:00:00 GMT Lawrence Freeborn Preparing for the Business End of NTP: ICT Market Outlook for Saudi Arabia in 2018 <P>This IDC Presentation was given at the IDC Directions 2018 event held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on January 31, 2018. The event attendees included some of Saudi Arabia's most influential senior executives, decision makers, and high-level strategists from leading technology firms, telecommunications operators, and IT services providers. </P><P>"This IDC event was specially tailored to provide in-depth insights into how the rise of digital transformation, cloud, IT security, the Internet of Things, and blockchain will drive the growth of Saudi Arabia's ICT ecosystem in line with the goals of the National Transformation Program and the Saudi Vision 2030 development blueprint." — Hamza Naqshbandi, Principal Analyst, IDC Saudi Arabia</P> Market Presentation Wed, 21 Mar 2018 04:00:00 GMT Hamza Naqshbandi, Uzair Mujtaba, Jawad Khalil Sarcos Robotics Partners with Industry Leaders to Drive Development of Robotic Exoskeletons <P>On March 21, 2018, Sarcos Robotics announced the formation of the Exoskeleton Technical Advisory Group (X-TAG), a collaborative advisory council brought together to identify key performance and safety criteria for the development of the Sarcos exoskeleton suits. The Salt Lake City, Utah-based company builds robots designed to augment the skills of humans while helping to keep humans safe in dangerous work environments. The development of the X-TAG advisory group comes from Sarcos' "dedication to driving the development of powered, full-body exoskeletons that address the growing need for a safer, more efficient workforce across a myriad of industries."</P> IDC Link Wed, 21 Mar 2018 04:00:00 GMT John Santagate Worldwide Automotive Update: 4Q17 and Full-Year 2017 Summary <P>This IDC Presentation summarizes worldwide automobile sales forecast and quarterly sales worldwide and for North America, Europe, Japan, and China. An autonomous vehicle road map by OEM as announced is included. </P> Market Presentation Wed, 21 Mar 2018 04:00:00 GMT Nina Turner Fitbit Meets the Masses with the Versa; Focuses on Kids with the Ace <P>On Tuesday, March 13, Fitbit announced a pair of new devices to its lineup: the Fitbit Versa, positioned as "the smartwatch for all," and the Fitbit Ace, its first fitness tracker aimed at kids. The devices arrive as Fitbit is working to transform itself by offering smartwatches in addition to fitness trackers, going deeper into health insights, and broadening its total available market from individual users to whole families. At the same time — with the Versa — Fitbit is keeping the operating system and its features up to date with the competition.</P><P>The Fitbit Versa is, perhaps, the smartwatch that should have been Fitbit's first smartwatch: smaller, lighter, and less expensive than the existing Ionic smartwatch — all of which will appeal to a broader audience. With these new additions, Fitbit is in a much better position to compete well through the rest of this year. </P> IDC Link Tue, 20 Mar 2018 04:00:00 GMT Ramon T. Llamas New Zealand's Countdown to 5G: Spark Scores Early Points <P>The countdown is on; commercial 5G will launch in around two years, providing superfast mobile connectivity and fixed wireless broadband services to consumers. Between now and then, we can expect competition between the mobile network operators over network bragging rights and deployment milestones. Meanwhile, Chorus and local fibre companies (LFCs) will need to enact strategies now to reduce their exposure from 5G fixed wireless broadband products.</P> IDC Link Tue, 20 Mar 2018 04:00:00 GMT Monica Collier Smartwatches to Have More Than Just Fifteen Minutes of Fame, According to IDC Worldwide shipments of wearable devices is on track to grow 15.1% in 2018, totaling 132.9 million units over the course of the year, according to the IDC Worldwide Quarterly Wearable Device Tracker. Tracker Press Release Tue, 20 Mar 2018 04:00:00 GMT Demand for Augmented Reality/Virtual Reality Headsets Expected to Rebound in 2018, Says IDC Worldwide shipments for augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) headsets will grow to 68.9 million units in 2022 with a five-year compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 52.5%, according to the latest forecast from the IDC Worldwide Quarterly Augmented and Virtual Reality Headset Tracker. Tracker Press Release Mon, 19 Mar 2018 04:00:00 GMT