The very nature of predictions is that they can be wrong. But sometimes they’re more substantiated, sometimes the source is more credible, and sometimes you just want them to be true. The former two apply to Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu’s “Telecommunications Predictions” that I read every year. When they predict, for this year, a 100% growth for products that help decongest the mobile bottleneck, then I also confess to wish for them to be true.
While over-all mobile operator spending is expected to grow 7% in 2010, some pockets of technology – where one of the first segments they point out is deep packet inspection (DPI) – can grow more than 10x thanks to a pressing need. In 2009 the last walled gardens were torn down, smart phones became data smart, user interfaces encouraged use of data services, and 3G connections became a true option to fixed broadband (I use it as such at my summer home and when travelling). Data volume has grown and will continue to grow accordingly. Read more [+]