22 Feb 2018Executive Summary - ABI Research has attempted to measure telco innovation and benchmark leading global telcos in their efforts toward next-generation networks and, most important, toward 5G and enterprise verticals. To quantify telco technology and business innovation, ABI Research has assessed several metrics: patent portfolios, 3GPP contributions, open source involvement, R&D spend, and acquisitions and investments. This report follows a similar ABI Research report Mobile Ecosystem Leaders and Laggards in the Post-Smartphone Era: An Analysis of Patents, R&D, and Collaborative Activities (AN-2512) that aimed to benchmark incumbents and new entrants in the mobile smartphone arena.
06 Sep 2017Blockchain is an emerging technology that promises to revolutionize digital transactions. However, blockchain is not well understood and confusion exists as to the different associated terms. This whitepaper aims to demystify the technology and to provide insight into potential future applications. At its core, blockchain is a public ledger technology that uses distributed consensus and cryptography to provide an authoritative record of secure transactions.
15 May 2017The first quarter of 2017 saw numerous key technological themes emerge at industry tradeshows and events, most notably at CES and MWC. While to the naked eye, there were no revolutionary leaps in any particular market, ABI Research uncovered a clear and distinct maturation of several familiar technological gambits. Most technophiles are already aware of the IoT, autonomous vehicles, robotics, 5G, VR, and AR. However, these markets are just now evolving into more mainstream concepts and sit squarely in that development stage in which organizations are seriously thinking about how they can best incorporate these technologies into their future business strategies.
01 Feb 2017Through 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.
20 Sep 2016In 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.
06 Sep 2016Video 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.
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.
22 Aug 2016Low 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.
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.
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.
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