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%.
The software-security industry is on pace to expand this year by 11.3%, with especially strong growth in software-as-a-service and other newer distribution models. "The growing sophistication of the threat landscape ... will push organizations and consumers to invest in endpoint security products in coming years," Gartner's Matthew Cheung said.
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.
The market for cloud service brokerage firms is expected to grow as more users shift to cloud-based systems, according to a new report from Gartner. Given the difficulty associated with integrating cloud services, these companies will spring up to help bridge the gap between users and providers in an effort to smooth the cloud-management process.