Networks Predicted to Grow in 2009

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March 2009

                                                                                                                        suading service operators
                                                                                                                        that their smartphone is
                                                                                                                        better than the competi-
                                                                                                                        tor’s. However, the huge
                                                                                                                        growth in mobile broad-               Deloitte TMT Predictions 2009
                                                                                                                        band can lead to network    
                                                                                                                        overload. Operators will              TMTPredictions/index.cfm
                                                                                                                        need to upgrade the net-
                                                                                                                                                              Digging Into Data Challenge
                                                                                                                        works and manage traffic    
                                                                                                                        loads more efficiently.
                                                                                                                           The fixed operators also           Ireland’s National
                                                                                                                        feel the stresses caused by           Broadband Scheme
                                                                                                                        broadband loads on mobile
                                                                                                                        networks. There is great
                                                                                                                        pressure worldwide to up-
                                                                                                                        grade copper networks to              So Barack Obama is certainly not the
                                                                                                                        fiber, but the costs are high.     only politician to promise such an invest-
                                                                                                                        The report also predicts           ment. His $6 billion package, part of the

   Networks Predicted                                                                                                   that a network infrastruc-
                                                                                                                        ture in which competition
                                                                                                                        creates duplication may no
                                                                                                                                                           $825 billion stimulus bill, may sound large,
                                                                                                                                                           but a group of U.S. business leaders recent-
                                                                                                                                                           ly suggested in a letter to congressional

   to Grow in 2009                                                                                                      longer be affordable. In this
                                                                                                                        case, regulators may opt
                                                                                                                        for a single network with
                                                                                                                                                           leaders that $40 billion would be required
                                                                                                                                                           to update the U.S. digital infrastructure.

     by JIM ASHLING   |                                         The report predicts that this will also     shared ownership.
                                                            be the year that social networking in the
                                                                                                                                                           Digging Into Data Challenge

              or the past 8 years, Deloitte Touche          enterprise takes off. Products will be-                                                            Four research agencies from three
              Tohmatsu (TMT1), the U.K. divi-               come available for internal application
                                                                                                            Digital Infrastructure Upgrade                 countries joined forces to sponsor an in-
              sion of the international account-            within corporations and in their service            That latter prediction may play out dif-   ternational grant competition in large-
     ing company, has released annual predic-               offerings. Governments will also adopt          ferently in different countries. Upgrading     scale data analysis. The Digging Into Data
                             tions about the major          social networks internally and in inter-        infrastructure through huge government         Challenge is a joint project among the Na-
                             issues that will have          actions with the public.                        investments is being touted worldwide as       tional Endowment for the Humanities
                             an impact on the glo-              Digital file storage is expected to be-     a way of kick-starting stalled economies.      (NEH) and National Science Foundation
                             bal technology, me-            come an issue this year. The declining cost     Many administrations may consider in-          (NSF) from the U.S., the Joint Information
                             dia, and telecommu-            of storage space has led to poor file-man-      stalling high-speed fiber networks to pro-     Systems Committee (JISC) from the U.K.,
                             nications sectors.             agement behavior and the attitude that          vide high-speed broadband access to their      and the Social Sciences and Humanities
                                 These predictions          anything and everything can be kept.            entire populations, public and corporate.      Research Council from Canada.
                             are based on consul-           However, costs for personnel and facilities     For example, the Malaysian government              Applicants for the grant will have to
                             tations and input              to store digital content are increasing rap-    plans to fund 30% of the cost of a national    show how they plan to use huge collections
                             from Deloitte TMT’s            idly. This will drive companies to find bet-    broadband network. The Swedish govern-         of digital data such as repositories of books,
          Jim Ashling        clients, partners, in-         ter file-management and archiving sys-          ment also aims to be the “first country to     newspapers, and photos. These are collec-
                             dustry analysts, and           tems and more strict email policies.            be an information society for all” by in-      tions that are so large that no individual
     leading executives. Far from simply pre-                   The report also notes the growing cost      vesting heavily in rural fiber networks.       could ever hope to examine more than a
     dicting doom and gloom for the next 12                 of storage as it affects the media sector.          The citizens of Ireland have been prom-    small fraction of them but which are now
     months, the 2009 predictions point to a few            The boom in user-ge
Description: For the past 8 years, Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu (TMT), the UK division of the international accounting company, has released annual predictions about the major issues that will have an impact on the global technology, media, and telecommunications sectors. These predictions are based on consultations and input from Deloitte TMT's clients, partners, industry analysts, and leading executives. Far from simply predicting doom and gloom for the next 12 months, the 2009 predictions point to a few opportunities during these difficult times. The first prediction for the technology sector is an opportunity and a warning. The Deloitte report says that the tough economic climate will make companies particularly protective of their intellectual property. Digital file storage is expected to become an issue this year. The report also notes the growing cost of storage as it affects the media sector.
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