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Sunday, March 20, 2011

Amazon is best hope of a viable alternative to iPad

For every 10 tablets sold, five netbook or notebook sales will be lost in developed markets, it estimates, limiting notebook growth to 8 per cent year-on-year in 2011, and pushing netbooks into a decline of 13 per cent, to 34 million units. Many areas – especially the US, western Europe, China and Indonesia – will suffer from overstocked retail channels for mobile PCs, although the iPad's impact on emerging markets will remain minimal.

Another researcher, Parks Associates, fore ...read more

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Femto World Summit is all smiles (mostly)

"The mobile data boom - and the increased demand on capacity it has led to - is the biggest challenge currently facing mobile networks," said Simon Saunders, chairman of the Femto Forum. "Femtocells represent the natural solution for offloading this data. They allow mobile operators to significantly improve the mobile broadband experience as well as their other services without incurring the costs that macro upgrades would require."

The Forum - which unlike some industry bodie ...read more

Monday, June 25, 2007

Plaxo looks to social networking market

On Friday ENN reported on a survey by Parks Associates, which found that 40 per cent of MySpace users and 50 per cent of all social networkers actively maintain multiple profiles on sites such as Bebo, Facebook and Friendster.

The report found that nearly half of all social networkers regularly use more than one site, while one in six use three or more.

From the article "Plaxo looks to social networking market."

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Give people back more time and they will buy your IPTV

On the content side this isn't exactly a secret, given that bartering of live sports rights have formed the basis of pay TV wars for the past 20 years at least.

But it is true that in US surveys, notably those carried out by Parks Associates, the main reason for buying into a triple play bundle has usually involved the saving of $20 or more per month, and that’s perhaps what Microsoft is trying to get away from.

Screen Digest concludes that more than 60 per cent of consumer ...read more

Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Internet speed battle escalates

Household fiber connections from phone companies will grow from about 3 million homes by the end of this year to 18 million by the end of 2011, according to a study by Parks Associates, a market research and consulting firm.

Heightened competition comes as policymakers in Washington wring their hands over America's declining position regarding broadband connectivity. An international study last month found that more than a dozen countries now have greater coverage and faster s ...read more

Monday, February 27, 2006

US stops joining the worldwide web - official

Internet usage in the US has flatlined, with a third of the country's households stubbornly refusing to sign up. And don't expect any sudden surges of interest - only two per cent of US citizens surveyed by Parks Associates plan to sign up this year.

From the article "US stops joining the worldwide web - official," by Andrew Orlowski.

Monday, February 14, 2005

Buyers said to favour a la carte music in 2005

Napster and co. will have to work much harder if they're to convince music buyers that subscription services are worth the money.

That's the conclusion of research conducted by market watcher Parks Associates. Its Global Digital Living survey reveals that only eight per cent of people who own MP3 players and possess an Internet connection are likely to use a music subscription service this year.

By contrast, around 40 per cent said they are likely to buy songs on a one-off ...read more

Monday, October 11, 2004

802.11a comes out fighting

...But the real prize will be a mass home market. According to recent research from Parks Associates, home networking will be a $12bn business in the US alone by 2008, while In-Stat/MDR is more cautious, predicting $17.1bn globally by the same date, split about equally between the US, Asia and EMEA. Both companies believe the Microsoft XP Media Center and the PC will be the key drivers and that Wi-Fi will be the primary network.

From the article "802.11a comes out fighting," b ...read more

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