Week in research: Brighter days ahead for telcos; IP routers see boost from wireless sector

Telecom outlook brightens: The U.S. telecom industry may be seeing increased revenues in 2011 and beyond as businesses increase the amount they spend for services. Insight Research is predicting a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 13 percent over the next four years, with businesses spending $269 billion for wireless and wired services by the end of 2015. Most growth, predictably, will be in the wireless sector, while wireline revenues will remain flat. News release.

Wireless drives IP routers: The worldwide service provider edge router market is poised for significant growth, according to Dell'Oro Research, as mobile operators expand their network capacity and purchase routers to accommodate ever-increasing data traffic. By 2015, this segment will be 60 percent larger than it is now, to over $9 billion. News release.

Egypt ICT in crisis: The shutdown of Egypt's Internet amid ongoing nationwide turmoil has directly cost its economy approximately $5 million, according to Pyramid Research. Indirect costs of losing Internet connectivity are "substantial, as many businesses depending on online presence and cellular services have been affected." News release.