Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Internet Households to Exceed 820 Million Worldwide by 2017

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,, and Sutherland Global Services.

From the article, "Internet Households to Exceed 820 Million Worldwide by 2017."

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