2009 Telecom Outlook
A CHALLENGING YEAR AND EMERGING
quot;This is the exact time to invest -if you can– because not
only is there opportunity, but there are lots of
resources out there.“ Mike Lazaridis, RIM co-CEO
Expected growth rate for 2009 for the Telecom equipment
market, compared to the year before (IDATE).
Expected negative growth rate for 2009 for mobile phone
shipments, compared to the year before (IDC).
Nortel will cut 3,200 positions on top of previous cuts, Nokia will
cut another 1,700 jobs and Microsoft will
cut 5% of its workforce over the next 18 months.
a tipping point.
The outlook for the Telecom Industry is challenging, but the industry
was facing decreasing margins and a flattening
growth rate for voice before the crisis.
Developers have access to the mobile market without getting first
an operator's blessing. New players now have
the capacity to influence the market.
will drive growth
Apple's AppStore now has over 25,000 downloadable applications and
will become a $1B business by the end of 2009. Palm, RIM, Nokia,
Windows and Android announced app stores for 2009.
Traditional infrastructure vendors will struggle through the recession
but 2009 will be a big year with opportunities
for Smartphones and Mobile Applications.
Operators, technology vendors, content providers and handset
vendors will now have to play by these rules,
whether they like it or not.
quot;Despite the economic environment, we grew revenues in 2008,
and I expect 2009 will be another year of overall revenue
growth and solid progress for our company,quot;
Raul Castanon, MBA