Deloitte Global and Middle East TMT Predictions: Smartphone sales expected to reach 1.85 billion per year by 2023
- Enterprise machine learning pilots and deployments predicted to double this year, powered by new chips and better software tools
- By 2020, there will likely be over 680 million digital subscriptions, with consumers increasingly willing to pay for content
- Smartphone owners will likely interact with their phone on average 65 times per day in 2023, a 20 percent increase on 2018
- Three main live markets in the GCC (Live Sport Broadcast, Cinema and Music) will experience exponential growth in 2018-2019 following a number of catalyst events
Deloitte Global forecasts major strides in machine learning for the enterprise, a worldwide appetite for digital subscriptions among consumers, and ongoing smartphone dominance—along with eight additional predictions—as part of the 17th edition of the “Technology, Media & Telecommunications (TMT) Predictions”.
Among the findings pertaining to the enterprise, this year’s report indicates that business organizations will likely double their use of machine learning technology by the end of 2018. TMT Predictions highlights five key areas that Deloitte Global believes will unlock more intensive use of machine learning in the enterprise by making it easier, cheaper and faster.
The most important key area is the growth in new semiconductor chips that will increase the use of machine learning, enabling applications to use less power, and at the same time become more responsive, flexible and capable.
“We see governments in the GCC playing an active role in promoting the adoption of AI and Machine Learning” said Emmanuel Durou, Partner and Technology, Media and Telecommunications Leader, Deloitte, Middle East. “A case in point being the appointment of the Artificial Intelligence Minister in the UAE combined with ambitious targets around GDP growth and cost reductions linked to Machine Learning.”
Live content in an online world and digital media worth paying for
TMT Predictions includes a number of consumer forecasts as well. Deloitte Global predicts that live broadcast and events will generate over $545 billion in direct revenues in 2018. Despite consumers’ capability to consume content on demand or attend events remotely, live consumption is thriving. And in many cases, live content’s performance has been made more productive and profitable by digital.
Indicating an increasing willingness from consumers to pay for digital content, Deloitte Global also predicts that by the end of 2018, 50 percent of adults in developed countries will have at least two online-only media subscriptions, and by the end of 2020, the average will have doubled to four.
“2018 is a catalyst year for live content in the region. The launch of cinemas in KSA combined with an overall push on live entertainment will boost significantly the contribution of this part of the media segment in the Kingdom with ripple effects across the region. In a similar vein the acquisition of the Saudi League rights by STC is a game changer for digital live content monetization” said Durou.
The future of the smartphone
Smartphone adoption continues to grow. By the end of 2023, more than 90 percent of adults in developed countries are expected to have a smartphone, with ownership among 55-75 year-olds reaching 85 percent. And Deloitte Global predicts that owners will interact with their phones on average 65 times per day in 2023, a 20 percent increase on 2018.
At the same time, Deloitte Global predicts 45 percent of global adult smartphone users and 65 percent of 18-24 year olds will worry that they are using their phones too much for certain activities and may try to limit their usage in 2018.
“Historically, Middle East consumers have always shown advanced utilization patterns of mobile. Currently, in Saudi Arabia, 68 percent of people use their phone within the first five minutes after waking up, almost double the proportion of users that do so globally. However, aside from social etiquette, we see regional governments involved in curbing the negative impact of smartphone addiction,” said Durou.
Additional topics from Deloitte Global’s 2018 TMT Predictions include:
- Augmented reality on the cusp of reality – Over a billion smartphone users will likely create augmented reality (AR) content at least once in 2018, with at least 300 million doing so monthly, and tens of millions weekly, according to Deloitte Global.
- Mobile only wireless home internet – For 2018, Deloitte Global forecasts that one fifth of North American homes will get all of their internet data access via cellular mobile networks. There will be significant variations by country, however. In Brazil, for example, nearly a third of all homes will be mobile only, but only 10 percent in some European countries. The differences between geographies are due to a range of technological, economic and demographic factors.
- An increase in #adlergic – While three quarters of North Americans engage in at least one form of regular adblocking, only about 10 percent of this population engages in blocking ads in four or more ways – the “adlergic” population. Consumers who are young, highly educated, employed, and have higher incomes are more likely to be heavy adblockers.
- TV viewing by 18-24 year olds: stable declines, but no tipping point – Deloitte Global predicts that traditional TV viewing by 18-24 year-olds will decline by 5-15 percent per year in the US, Canada, and the UK in 2018 and 2019. This rate of decline is a similar rate to the prior seven years and is not getting worse. Many forces that distracted young people away from traditional TV, such as smartphones, social media, and video piracy, are reaching saturation.
- In flight connectivity takes off – One billion passenger journeys, or one quarter of all passengers, are expected to be on planes fitted with in-flight connectivity (IFC) in 2018, according to Deloitte Global. This is an estimated 20 percent increase from projected 2017 totals, generating IFC revenue close to $1 billion for 2018.