Tech Market Snapshot: Global tablet shipments fall, 1 in 3 home routers to be used as public Wi-Fi hotspots by 2017

Decline in annual tablet shipments reached double digits for the first
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We roundup the latest news from IT analysts and firms to see which tech categories have been doing well, which haven’t, and what’s forecast to be big in the near future.

According to TrendForce, decline in annual tablet shipments reached double digits for the first time on record in 2015.

The firm’s latest tablet shipment report shows a total of 168.5 million units of tablets were shipped last year, representing a 12.2 per cent drop from 2014. The gradual contraction of the global tablet market has become a more pronounced trend.

TrendForce has also recently reported that the market for LCD panels for IT applications (monitors and notebooks) was generally quite sluggish during 2015. According to the latest large-size LCD panel shipment report from WitsView, a division of TrendForce, global shipments of monitor panels for 2015 fell 11 per cent year-on-year to 142.2 million units. Global shipments of notebook panels were also down eight per cent from 2014 to 176.1 million units.

PC shipments in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) reached 20.8 million units in the fourth quarter of 2015 – an 18.2 per cent decrease year on year, according to IDC.

After a strong shipment push of devices under Microsoft’s Bing promotion from summer 2014 to January 2015, the focus for hardware manufacturers and their channel partners has been to deplete stock, leading to an 18 per cent contraction for 2015 with 76.3 million PCs shipped in EMEA.

Despite this, PC sales through Western Europe’s top IT distributors improved in the final quarter of 2015 according to data published by CONTEXT. Unit sales for the quarter remained almost flat, falling at only 0.1 per cent, compared to the previous year, compared to a three per cent decline in Q3 2015.

A new study from Juniper Research predicts that at least 1 in 3 home routers will be used as public Wi-Fi hotspots by 2017, and that the total installed base of such dual-use routers will reach 366 million globally by the end of 2020.

The research noted that these so-called ‘homespot’ routers essentially create two wireless networks separated by a firewall: one network is for private use whilst the other is offered as a public Wi-Fi hotspot by the broadband operators.

Finally, Gartner estimates that 90 per cent of large organisations will have a chief data officer by 2019.

"Business leaders are starting to grasp the huge potential of digital business, and demanding a better return on their organisations' information assets and use of analytics," said Mario Faria, research vice president at Gartner.

"It's a logical step to create an executive position – the CDO – to handle the many opportunities and responsibilities that arise from industrial-scale collection and harnessing of data."

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