Week in Research: Demand for interconnects drives growth in wholesale carrier Ethernet

Wholesale carrier Ethernet services are set to expand as demand for Ethernet interconnects grows, particularly from wireless carriers, Frost & Sullivan predicts in its latest report. The wholesale market brought in $595 million in 2009, a figure expected to more than double by 2014 to $1.5 billion. News release.

Tight control of costs helped stem declining revenues for the world's top telcos in 4Q09, a market research report by Reportlinker says, but average revenue growth remains stagnant at 0.4 percent. Telco KPIs: 4Q09 Analysis looks at 22 telecom operators worldwide. News release.

In another Reportlinker research report, India's DTH (Direct-to-Home) television industry showed significant growth in the past two years, adding 16 million subscribers in 2009--44 percent more than in 2008. With six providers competing for viewers--Dish TV, Tata Sky, Sun Direct, Big TV, Airtel Digital TV and Videocon D2H-plus one free provider, Doordarshan, DTH should continue to heat up in the region. News release.

Convergent charging--billing across multiple types of service (voice, video, data), different networks (wireline or wireless), and multiple regions--is emerging alongside other convergence technologies and will grow to a $2.6 billion market by 2014, Infonetics Research reports. Comverse and Ericsson are vying for the lead globally, while smaller software vendors are finding their niche in emerging markets and Greenfield opportunities. News release.

Infonetics Research convergent charging market

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