Ovum: Mobile broadband is largest opportunity for operator growth until 2016

A new report from Ovum claims that mobile broadband represents the single largest opportunity for operators to claw back revenue, as forecasts show mobile broadband growing 19.2 per cent annually and generating $123 billion (€94.1 billion) in incremental revenue between 2013 and 2016. However, Ovum thinks that for infrastructure vendors, increases in overall capital expenditures will be limited by low single-digit gains in service provider revenues. "The recovery from the 2009 recession has been weak, and the ongoing global fiscal crisis continues to present a risk to the telecom industry," John Lively, chief forecaster at Ovum, said in a statement. "Over the next three to four years, both fixed and mobile operators will face the same fundamental challenge: to increase new sources of revenue fast enough to offset the decline in mature services." Release