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Technology predictions for 2014

February 4, 2014

Rushika Bhatia

Deloitte recently released the 13th edition of its Global TMT Predictions which highlighted the top global technology, media and telecom trends for 2014.

A few trends the report revealed included 50 million homes doubling up on pay-television (TV) and the global value of premium sports video rights increasing 14 per cent led by North American sports leagues and European football (soccer). In addition, the report predicted that phablets oversized smartphones that are part cell phone, part tablet will outsell tablets by US$25 billion.

Details of this year's technology predictions include:

The US$750 billion converged living room: a plateau approaches.

Global sales of smartphones, tablets, PCs, TV sets and videogame consoles will exceed US$750 billion in 2014, up US$50 billion from 2013 and almost double the 2007 total. However, a plateau appears likely: sales are expected to continue growing, but at a slower rate than over the past 10 years, with an estimated ceiling of about US$800 billion per year.

Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs): not a disruption zone yet, but the future is bright.

Student registrations in MOOCs will be up 100 per cent compared to 2012 to over 10 million courses, but the low completion rates mean that less than 0.2 per cent of all courses completed in 2014 will be MOOCs. The growing awareness of online education will force educational institutions to increase investment in this area, drive more acceptance of online education as it becomes accredited, and increase adoption by corporate training groups.

One became many: the tablet market stratifies.

The installed base of compact tablets (with screens smaller than 9 inches) will surpass the base of classic tablets (9 inches and larger) for the first time. By end the first quarter, we expect the base of compact tablets to be 165 million units, slightly ahead of the classic tablet base, with 160 million.

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Source: SME Advisor Middle East

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