Week in research: Niche is the word in security software services; Australia's wireline telcos face NBN competition

Big names dominate security software: Want to get ahead of the big players in the security software market? You'll have to create a "revolutionary" technology to get attention or look for a tiny niche market, according to Infonetics Research. "...our recent survey confirms that buyers are still trying to solve basic problems, like protecting new operating systems and emerging devices (smartphones, tablets, netbooks, etc.), improving client security performance, maintaining the same software version on all devices, etc. Vendors that can solve new problems or old problems in new ways (via cloud and hybrid solutions or integrated inbound and outbound security, for example) are likely to get noticed in this crowded market," observes Jeff Wilson, principal analyst for security at Infonetics.  News release.

Uganda optimism: Fixed-line and DSL penetration in Uganda is still low, at around 30 percent, but the recent entry of MTN as a second national operator bodes well for growth and increased competitiveness, according to a Research and Markets report. Wireless local loop (WLL) rollouts, prepaid services, and increased demand for broadband services along with a reduced cost for international bandwidth all are contributing to the optimistic forecast for the country, with GDP predicted to grow 6 to 8 percent annually through 2015. News release.

Incumbents cling to market share: Australia's biggest operators, Telstra and Optus, are shifting their competitive focus to the National Broadband Network (NBN) as traditional wireline revenues resume their slow downward slide, according to the latest Research and Markets profile of the two telcos. It's part of a strategy to hang onto the larger market share in the country--Telstra currently has a 60 percent share of the total market, but this is not likely to continue as its overall revenues decline through 2011 and 2012. Optus holds about 21 percent of the market but competition from operators like the recently combined Hutchison and Vodafone could stymie further growth.  News release.