Sunday, June 12, 2016

IHS: Over 8 Billion Connected Devices Worldwide

As of year-end 2015, the world contained 8.1 billion connected smartphones, tablets, personal computers, TVs, TV-attached devices and audio devices, according to IHS' Connected Device Market Monitor report.

“The proliferation of media-enabled connected endpoints has implications for media consumption, media production, broadband infrastructure, and the business itself of network management and traffic discrimination,” said Merrick Kingston, principal analyst-connected home, at IHS Technology. “It drives media consumption, IP traffic and more.”

Some highlights:

  • Smartphones outnumber tablets by five to one
  • Year-on-year, smartphones contribute roughly half a billion new devices to the market; tablet and OTT set-tops are also growing quickly, but operate a full order of magnitude below the smartphone. By 2020, this ratio will only widen. Within the forecast period, the smartphone-to-tablet ratio rises to nearly 10:1.
  • Chromecast out-shipped Apple TV for the first time in Q1 2016, Apple TV shipping 1.7 million units compared to Google pushing 3.2 million Chromecasts to market.
  • Netflix has secured a presence across 32 percent of connected devices in the US


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