Respondents to the Broadband World Forum Survey painted a rosy picture, despite an industry undergoing rapid change, with 69% reporting positive growth over the past 12 months.
These results were published in this year’s Broadband World Forum Survey report, which examines note only data from the survey, but also audience data gathered by Broadband World Forum over the past 12 months.
Overall, the report examines data from 950 respondents, representing 491 companies from 95 countries. Network operators, consisting of fixed, converged, mobile, cable and satellite, made up 51% of the data analysed, with the remaining made up of vendors (23%), Broadcasters (7%) and other (19%).
Other key findings include:
Globally, operators are focused on next-generation networks (24% of respondents) and access technology (18%)
In Europe, one-fifth of respondents were interested in access technology (21%)
One-third of Africa registrants show an interest in Next-Generation networks (30%)
Belgium has a strong propensity towards IoT (23% versus 2% globally)
Portugal likes the smart home (12% vs 3% globally)
Data analytics and network virtualization weigh higher in the UK than average
Nearly one-third of Spanish respondents have network virtualization as a key focus
Germany is dominated by access technology (25% vs 18% globally) and next-generation networks (36% vs 24% globally)
"The combination of survey and audience data paints a great picture of the broadband market. Despite the apparent disruption and fickle nature of customers, the market is robust," said Niall Hunt, Broadband World Forum Digital Content lead. "In an environment where there's high investment in networks as we push towards the gigabit society and 5G, operators across the globe paint a rosy picture."
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