248M Broadband and 1 trillion 3G Subs Driving Digital Multimedia Value Chain: iSuppli

As both wired and wireless broadband access expands, worldwide broadband subscribers have reached 248 million, while the 3G wireless subscribers passed 1 billion mark at the end of 2006, according to iSuppli. Now all attention is on delivering the high-value apps and content that will capitalize networks.

Virtually all technology markets are being driven by media distribution, says iSuppli: 

  • Portable Media Player (PMP/MP3) shipments will grow by more than 30% in 2006 to over 160 million units.
  • Music phone shipments will exceed 300 million units in 2006, driving the mobile music market across all categories to more than $15 billion by 2010.
  • Internet Protocol Television (IPTV) subscribers are expected to rise to more than 65 million by 2010, contributing $18 billion to telecom operator revenue stream by 2009. Sales of semiconductors for IPTV across all categories will grow to $7.8 billion by 2009.
  • Mobile video will attract more than 100 million subscribers by 2010, with more than 300 million handsets shipped with mobile TV chips.
  • Across the combined markets for video game consoles, set-top boxes, DVD players and televisions, iSuppli projects more than 180 million Internet-enabled consumer devices will ship in 2010.
  • The number of digital pay TV subscribers will grow to nearly 276 million by 2010 (not including mobile TV), providing new platforms for interactive TV services and Video on Demand (VoD).
  • Mobile gaming revenue grew by nearly 80% in 2005. 
  • Revenue from VoD services delivered via cable, IPTV and broadband will approach $2 billion in 2006. 
  • Demand for Digital Video Recorders (DVRs) is booming, with subscribers more than doubling in 2006 compared to 2005.

Among the most significant barriers is the limited interoperability among consumer-electronics products. Consumers want access to all their content in a broad range of devices, distribution networks and services.

iSuppliā€™s Multimedia Content and Services research ties all the ends of the value chain together to provide the better visibility of the fast-changing digital media distribution market. Check at  http://www.isuppli.com/catalog/l2_HEMC.asp

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