This week we diagnose growth prospects for service providers in health care, dish out five-year telecom market forecasts for Iran and Ecuador, do a postmortem on Mobile World Congress and dance the polka in Poland. It's all this week in a kick-up-your-heels edition of Research Rewind.
- Later today Heavy Reading is releasing a new report, "Healthcare Sector Requires TLC From Network Operators." It examines the opportunities that service providers have in the health-care vertical, including areas with the most growth and potential for the next 24 months. Packed with juicy analysis of potential customers and examples of current solutions and case studies, it also examines the geographic landscape of the market for service providers, challenges the industry presents, and trends expected in the health-care vertical. Look for it here.
- This week Pyramid Research released two new Country Intelligence Reports on Iran and Ecuador. We expect that network improvement and local content in Iran will foster growth in data services. Meanwhile, Ecuador's low broadband penetration rate opens the door for fixed and mobile operators. (Want more? Download free excerpts of these CIRs and those for almost 60 other countries.)
- Wrapping up Mobile World Congress, Pyramid Analyst-at-Large Jan Ten-Sythoff blogs that from mFinance to mHealth to smartphone platforms, Mobile World Congress was a resounding success. Meanwhile, Pyramid analyst Eulalia Marin-Sorribes notes from Barcelona that BOKU and Google are just two big-name players getting in on the action when it comes to mobile payments. Over at Heavy Reading, Senior Analyst Patrick Donegan writes that his big revelation from Mobile World Congress "was just how much the industry's mindset has shifted from a 3G-oriented, hierarchical network architecture to a flat, all-IP architecture."
- Staying in Europe, we can't forget to mention the Polish polka, as suitors dance for the affections (or at least the customers) of Polkomtel.
That's Research Rewind for this week. Until next Friday, we'll see you online at Pyramid Research and Heavy Reading. May the telecom be with you!
— Matt Donnelly, Managing Editor, Pyramid Research