Week In Research: Philippines broadband to drive rapid growth; VoIP demand by businesses strengthens

Philippines' broadband boom: The Philippines may currently be lagging in broadband penetration, but fierce competition between fixed wireline, fixed wireless, and mobile operators is setting the stage for a big boost in the broadband market by 2015, Pyramid Research says in a new study. The firm sees a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 7.9 percent in the telecommunications services market over the next five years--the fastest growing market in the Asia Pacific region--and broadband will be a big driver of that growth. News release.

VoIP migration rising: Business connectivity technologies including ISDN, DIA, IP VPN and VoIP are maintaining strong ratings on ATLANTIC-ACM's 2010 Business Connectivity and Wireline and Wireless Report Card. "VoIP demand remains strong, with 27 percent of survey respondents indicating that they already have or will migrate to VoIP within the year. Migrations, as expected, originated mostly from integrated access/PRI or circuit-switched voice users," said Dr. Judy Reed-Smith, CEO of ATLANTIC-ACM. News release.

Taiwan's competition grows: While Chunghwa Telecom still dominates the wireline market in Taiwan, the former monopoly now contends with three other fixed licensed operators and nine mobile operators, Research and Markets reports, creating a robust competitive market. Broadband penetration rates in the island nation are nearly 20 percent--fourth in the world--and Taiwan is well-positioned for next-generation access. News release.

SDM's new identity: Why do operators deploy subscriber data management (SDM) tools? The reasons are pretty clear--they want to speed up delivery of new services, upsell services to subscribers, and get a better idea of subscriber preferences. But a new study by Infonetics Research finds that operators are looking at new uses for SDM: For example, over 75 percent of survey respondents saying they plan to use SDM to support machine-to-machine applications by 2013. News release.

Infonetics SDM deployment