According to the newest Infonetics Research report on service-provider outsourcing to vendors, outsourcing will continue “at an unabated pace, but revenue in the first half of 2012 is already 2-percent higher than expected, with all OEM vendors reporting healthy growth in outsourcing, professional and managed services," notes Stéphane Téral, principal analyst/Mobile Infrastructure and Carrier Economics. “This gives us pause to ask what would happen to some of these vendors if they didn’t have a presence in services." Other stats: By 2016, carrier outsourcing is expected to be a $76 billion global market; opex reduction continues to be the chief driver for carriers outsourcing to vendors such network tasks as designing, building, maintaining and billing; and Alcatel-Lucent, Ericsson, Huawei and Nokia Siemens Networks manage about a third of the world’s subscriber base, up 29 percent in just the last six months…The U.K. leads Europe in the adoption of both standalone over-the-top (OTT) services as well as operator-owned multiscreen (TV Everywhere) services, says ABI Research, and many U.K. consumers fit the multidevice profile, with more than 10 percent of the population already boasting an average of four connected devices. Today, more than 50 percent of broadband users are using pure OTT services (fueled in part by the BBC iPlayer), while pay-TV operator-owned multiscreen services capture only about 17.5 percent of pay-TV households, the group adds.

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