Global investment in fixed telecom infrastructure will grow nearly as fast this year as investment in mobile networks, according to research firm Gartner. The firm pegs fixed network spending at $10.33 billion this year, a 7.7% gain from last year. Mobile infrastructure spending is expected to rise 8%.
A Gartner report says IT spending will increase 4.1% this year to hit $3.8 trillion, driven primarily by demand for mobile technology and enterprise services. The report predicts the same growth pace in 2014 and says that about 45% of this year's spending will be on telecom services. The top growth category is hardware sales, Gartner says.
Mobile applications might play the part of the sexy software, but Microsoft's new Windows Phone 7 platform could rise or fall on the back of its browser, asserts an analyst at Gartner. "Five years from now, I expect to see the majority of mobile 'apps' be Web apps, not native," writes analyst David Smith, who warns Microsoft not to scrimp on its browser's features.