We talk about Juniper Research’s reports like all the time, hence we decided to give the company some additional space as they share their predictions for the next year. As you’re about to see, they’re more about mobile services than devices, which is kinda strange – but again understandable since that’s usually the focus of their reports.
The saddest thing I’ve read is that we’re moving toward tiered pricing. I do understand carriers are struggling with the surge of data usage driven by the rising smartphone adoption, but the unlimited data plan offerings are as enticing as ever among the geeks, myself included.
Anyway, here’s what Juniper predicts for 2011:
- Surging Mobile Data Traffic
- Augmented Reality to Enhance Mobile Games and Retail
- Cloud-Based Operating Systems are Launched
- Mobile Banking will become a “must-have” when opening a new account
- Mobile Devices Begin to Replace Credit Cards
- Mobile Handsets Become Even More Sensitive
- Mobile Lottery Tickets Sales to Soar Fuelled by Deployments in US, Europe, and China
- Mobile-Specific Threats Lead to Demand for Mobile-Specific Security
- Buyouts take Social Purchasing to a New Level
- More Vendors Develop a “GreenHeart”
And you can get additional details on each of the points from this page on Juniper’s website.