Week in research: Mobile & VoIP pressure Russia's fixed line market; outsourcing poised for expansion

Mobile and VoIP subscriptions are pressing in on Russia's traditional fixed line market, reports Research and Markets in a new study. Fixed line subscribers dropped to 45 million, or 0.6 percent year on year, while mobile subscriptions climbed 5.6 percent to 219.5 million and broadband subscriptions rose 25 percent to 16 million from 12.5 million in 2009. News release.

Much like the way mobile apps have driven smartphone growth, ABI Research says that femtozone applications will drive the growth of femtocell services--a market it says will reach $2 billion in revenue by 2015. "Femtozone services will be bundled with femtocell subscriptions and will also be available individually, increasing the perceived value of having a femtocell in the home. Eventually, mobile apps available from Apple or Google App stores may be designed to work via a femtocell," says practice director Aditya Kaul. However, he warns that operators need to act fast, as WiFi and GPS applications could hinder growth. News release.

Global enterprise networks and data security will see remarkable growth in the next five years, ABI Research forecasts, and will exceed $10 billion by 2016. The market, which includes things like secure routers, unified threat management (UTM) appliances, firewalls, virtual private networks (VPN), intrusion detection/prevention systems (IDS/IPS), and network access control (NAC), grew 11 percent to $6 billion in 2010. News release.

Outsourcing buyers held back on spending in 2010 as the global economy began a less-than-robust recovery, a Morrison & Foerster report, "Global Sourcing Trends in 2011," says. In response, innovation is taking hold in the market, and the firm sees trends like cloud-based outsourcing and the intertwinement of outsourcing and the financial services market continuing to expand. Report (Scroll down the page for PDF download)