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JUL 10, 2013

Internet households to exceed 820 million worldwide by 2017

Parks Associates to host 8th annual CONNECTIONS™ Summit at 2014 International CES

By 2017, over 820 million households worldwide will have Internet service, and more than 94% will have broadband, according to international research firm Parks Associates. The firm also reports over 610 million households will have a data network, including over 100 million in North America and 133 million in Western Europe.

Parks Associates will host the eighth-annual CONNECTIONS™ Summit at the 2014 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas on Tuesday, January 7. CONNECTIONS™ Summit: Profiting from Connected Home Devices and Services addresses new business issues, emerging technologies, and the changing consumer experience. The agenda includes six executive sessions and a networking-and-cocktail reception on the first day of CES.

Past speakers include service providers Verizon and Orange; manufacturers LG Electronics, Sharp, Hitachi, and Samsung; and solutions providers EcoFactor, iYogi, PlumChoice, and Microsoft.

“Innovations such as Samsung's Smart TV Apps and Lowe's Iris home management devices have expanded access to content and home systems and increased consumer expectations for anytime, anywhere communications and control,” said Stuart Sikes, President, Parks Associates. “Providers, including Verizon, AT&T, and Comcast, are experimenting with new value-added services such as cloud storage, home controls, and second-screen interactions to find what resonates with consumers. CONNECTIONS™ Summit addresses these emerging technologies and the business strategies in their deployment."

CONNECTIONS™ Summit sessions:

  • Home Monitoring and Control: Attracting New Subscribers
  • Consumer Tech Support: Advanced Tools and Infrastructure
  • The Internet of Things: Connected Home Platforms and Devices   
  • Monetizing Second-Screen Services
  • Evolution of the Smart TV    
  • New Connected CE Business Models

Premier Sponsors include EcoFactor, Lowe's, MphasiS, Qualcomm, Sigma Designs, Support.com, Sutherland Global Services, and Verisure.

For information, contact sales@parksassociates.com, call 972-490-1113, or visit http://www.connectionssummit.com.

About CONNECTIONS™ Summit at CES

CONNECTIONS™ Summit at CES is an annual research and industry event hosted by international research firm Parks Associates at CES in Las Vegas.

The 2020 CONNECTIONS™ Summit features panels examining successful consumer-focused and channel strategies for IoT, smart home, and connected CE and health solutions. Leading analysts from host Parks Associates present consumer research and moderate expert discussions on crossover opportunities among these ecosystems, with insights on emerging trends, including AI, voice controls, and growing privacy concerns. CONNECTIONS™ Summit at CES is THE place to be to learn about the smart home, get the latest consumer research, and network with strategic decision makers in this growing market.

The 2020 CONNECTIONS™ Summit will take place January 7 during CES, which runs January 7-10 in Las Vegas. The Summit concludes with a networking reception, sponsored by Alarm.com, on January 7. Follow the event on Twitter at @CONN_Summit and at #CONNSummit20.

For information about CONNECTIONS™ Summit, contact sales@parksassociates.com or call 972-490-1113 or visit www.connectionssummit.com.