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InCode announces release of its Top 10 Global Wireless Predictions for 2006
November 2, 2005
SAN DIEGO -- inCode, a global business and technology consulting firm, announces release of its Top 10 Global Wireless Predictions for 2006. The Predictions identify key market changes for the coming year, including: fierce competition that will leave only five handset manufacturers standing, new business models enabled by converging access technologies and new mobile entertainment brands.
"We see two major developments in the market," said Jorge Fuenzalida, Director, inCode Technology and Strategy Group. "First, new entrants are challenging existing business models, especially in mobile music and mobile TV, which is increasing market competition. Second, network operators are working fast to monetize 3G networks, which cost billions of dollars to deploy. If these operators can better align device design with market-leading applications, they can be at the forefront of a smarter, more nimble wireless industry."
Here are some highlights of the 2006 Predictions (full text follows this release):
A digital music innovator will launch a Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO) focused on mobile entertainment services Consumers will "snack" on mobile TV, which will not be a killer application
A new business model for voice services will emerge, based on mobile Voice-over-Internet Protocol (VoIP)
At least one major network operator will abandon its retail brand and use wholesale access as an innovative business strategy
China will become a telecommunications leader, and Chinese investors may buy a controlling interest in a wireless company
Ninety percent of the inCode 2005 Predictions have come true, and the 2004 Predictions were 80 percent accurate.
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