Augmented and Virtual Reality: the First Wave of 5G Killer Apps

01 Feb 2017

Through a collaboration with Qualcomm, this whitepaper takes a deeper look at the cross between 5G and ARVR markets. While both of these markets are nascent and evolving, it is imperative to understand not only the technical components and limitations of these technologies but also how they will synergize, enabling new technologies and reinforcing existing ones. 5G promises to bring increased network capacity, reduced latency, and stronger network uniformity; all three of these will be critical for ARVR as a whole. For this paper, four of the most promising potential ARVR use cases requiring 5G were selected and analyzed: automotive video streaming, stadium upload and download, 6 Degrees of Freedom (6DoF) video, and tactile Internet. Along with this, supporting market data, timelines, barriers and accelerators, market readiness, and more are included to provide additional insight into the space.

Update on 2015 Hot Tech Innovators

20 Sep 2016

In 2015, ABI Research set out to highlight those companies that were less known than the incumbents but were also young, in­novative, and looked set to transform the technological landscape in the near future. We now take a look at how those companies fared over the last year, and it is fair to say that the results are mixed.

Cloud is the Right Fit: Capturing the Immense VOD Opportunity

06 Sep 2016

Video trade publications seem to be constantly writing about the launch of a new video on demand (VOD) service, and, not quite as frequently, the demise of another. It would be naïve to conclude from this that the market is flailing. In fact, the opposite is true. The market is thriving – with revenues growing about 33% year after year for the past couple of years.

Automotive Infotainment: Should OEMs and Tier Ones Rely on Third-Party Software Expertise?

30 Aug 2016

Two transformative trends will continue to dominate the automotive market over the next 10 years: automation and connectivity. This latter trend has already made its mark on the automotive industry, with connected infotainment having rapidly shifted from being the preserve of premium models to shipping mass market vehicles at very affordable prices. As systems expand in capacity and geographical coverage, the market value is expected to grow to US$52.90 billion by 2020, up from US$15.34 billion in 2015.

Best Fit Use Cases for LPWANs

22 Aug 2016

Low Power Wide Area Networks (LPWANs) are one of the foundations underpinning the Internet of Things (IoT) and its growth to more than 8 billion M2M and LPWA devices connected by 2021, while LPWA connections excluding the legacy cellular machine-to-machine (M2M) technologies, which include 2G, 3G and LTE Cat-1 and higher, will reach more than 400 to 500 million worldwide in the same time period. Offering low-power and long-range communications, LPWANs stand at the verge of enormous growth; however, there are many competing technologies to choose from when deploying an LPWAN. Each of the LPWA technologies offer a trade-off between factors including transmit range, data rate, frequency, channel bandwidth, and power consumption, among others. In this highly competitive environment, each technology vies for position, often with conflicting claims that can be complex to understand.

Hot Tech Innovators 2016

14 Apr 2016

The technology marketplace is in a period of great change. At this critical juncture for the industry, ABI Research has updated its Hot Tech Innovators report that outlines those companies that look set to be at the forefront of this next wave of innovation. ABI Research Analysts identified 57 companies that should be on the radar of all market observers. They should be considered as pioneers, market makers, threats, disruptors, acquisition targets, and transformation agents. Fundamentally, they represent some of the brightest value creators operating today.

802.11ad Will Vastly Enhance Wi-Fi

05 Apr 2016

Wi-Fi continues to evolve in the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz bands, but as those bands get more crowded, the industry will increasingly look to IEEE 802.11ad, also known as WiGig, in the unlicensed 60 GHz band. 802.11ad provides multiple Gigabit per second data rates and solves congestion issues by:

  • Using ultra-wideband channel widths of 2.16 GHz
  • Using the 60 GHz band instead of the 2.4 GHz or 5 GHz band
  • Using beamforming to form narrow beams in 60 GHz spectrum, allowing for other products to use even the same channel at the same time in many cases
  • Being a part of the Wi-Fi ecosystem with tri-band solutions that can do handoffs between 60 GHz and the other Wi-Fi bands

The goal of 802.11ad is to address the congestion and capacity issues, resulting in an improved user experience.

Mobile CDN Optimization and Monetization

19 Feb 2016

Mobile data traffic is forecasted to grow at a significant rate. ABI Research predicts total mobile traffic to experience a CAGR of 40% between 2015 and 2020. As mobile network operators strive to ensure a smooth mobile user content consumption experience while managing the traffic, they are increasingly evaluating the deployment of mobile content delivery networks (mobile CDNs), as well as the optimization and monetization features that come with CDN deployment. This research analysis provides an in depth discussion on the CDN optimization and monetization solution market.

The Importance of MU-MIMO in the Wi-Fi Ecosystem

20 Oct 2015

The market for Wi-Fi products continues to grow. New protocols allow for faster speeds, and people rely on Wi-Fi connectivity to the Internet more than ever. Even though the market has seen a pro- found shift to products supporting the larger 5 GHz spectrum band, this band is starting to become crowded as well in the home, enterprise, and on service provider small cells and hotspots. The shift to faster Wi-Fi protocols helps, but it is MU-MIMO (multi-user MIMO) that will realize the full potential of 802.11ac and mitigate network congestion. At this point, the inclusion of Wi-Fi chipsets supporting MU-MIMO is not something to plan for – the market is already being seeded with MU-MIMO-enabled access points and devices in all ecosystems and industries.

Human-machine Interfaces: Opportunities for Great Experiences

13 Aug 2015

The graphical user interface (GUI) has dominated computing and mobile device interaction, using icons along with a computer mouse or touchscreen to navigate the system. The growth of smart accessories, wearables, and the concept of connected devices will be influenced by other types of user interface (UI). As the vision of the Internet of Things (IoT) starts to take hold, how do people engage and interact with the plethora of new connected devices? Will each thing have its own interface or will it rely on some common, external method, such as a mobile device, a mounted display, or a public kiosk?