Week in Research: Iraq infrastructure languishes; consumers want their IPTV

Internet Protocol (IP) took up the lion's share of interest in both news and research reports released over the past week, with VoIP and IPTV posting some intriguing forecast numbers. But traditional wireline figured in as well. Take a look:

A lack of infrastructure means fixed-line penetration levels in Iraq remain low, Research and Markets reports, at less than 5 percent, and there's very little fiber backbone infrastructure for national and international connections--meaning mobile will rule the roost there for a long time yet. News release.

Consumers want value-added broadband services like IPTV, VoIP and online security, Point Topic reported earlier this week, a not-surprising sentiment. Sales rose 30 percent in 2009 over the year previous, with IP telephony leading the way. Story.

Planning for application delivery to enterprise customers is still languishing despite increased demand for such services, says a report from Heavy Reading Services Software Insider. News release.

IP traffic will quadruple by 2014, Cisco reported in its Visual Networking Index study. That's 10 times higher than Internet traffic in 2008. Story.

IPTV continues to hit its stride, and a new report by Analysys Mason points out that IPTV will be the fastest-growing pay TV platform in Europe by 2014. Story.

Perhaps the strongest indicator that IP is here to stay is a Juniper Research study that says by 2012, more than 100 million people will be using mobile VoIP. Story.

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