The Future of Virtual and Augmented Reality

VR developer coder

The virtual reality (VR) industry is now expected to boom in the coming years, with projections noting a market potential exceeding $30 billion by 2020, along with 500 million VR headsets sold by 2025. A major cause of the reignited excitement over VR comes from industry experts having discovered the assistance that VR can provide a number of professions, including journalism, education and healthcare.

As demand for VR and AR products increases, employment growth in specific fields is expected to grow as well. Designers, developers, modelers, animators, project managers and videographers alike can apply their skills in this exciting new field. Enthusiasts should take advantage of educational resources as a way to gain a competitive edge in the job market.


Context

Advertisements

Artificial Intelligence will double annual economic growth rates by 2035 #ai #business

AI: Economic Boom But Jobs Bust

A news release from Accenture has some very good things to say about the rise of Artificial Intelligence (AI). By pairing man and machine together, Accenture Research predicts that annual economic growth rates will double by 2035.

“Artificial intelligence heralds dramatic potential for growth for both the economy and for humans,” said Mark Purdy, managing director – Economic Research, Accenture Institute for High Performance. “Our research strongly shows that AI can unleash remarkable benefits across countries, countering slow economic growth and lagging productivity. To fulfill the promise of AI, relevant stakeholders must be thoroughly prepared – intellectually, technologically, politically, ethically and socially – to address the benefits and challenges that can arise as artificial intelligence becomes more integrated in our daily lives.”

Accenture states that this man / machine pairing will give people more time to focus on the creative side of business which includes innovation.

Yahoo! involved in unprecedented privacy violation #security

Yahoo let the NSA read your email before you even opened it.

Website, Fight for the Future is directing people to delete their Yahoo! accounts after it was found that the company had been redirecting all personal emails to the NSA for analysis. “This is an absolutely unprecedented privacy violation. Surveillance experts and former government officials are saying they have never seen such a broad demand for real-time digital surveillance, never mind one that calls for the creation of a new computer program. This program, essentially a wire-tap on the web, is beyond the scope of any of the already overreaching surveillance laws currently on the books.”

The original story broke via Reuters, which stated that, “[Yahoo!] complied with a classified U.S. government demand, scanning hundreds of millions of Yahoo Mail accounts at the behest of the National Security Agency or FBI, said three former employees and a fourth person apprised of the events.”

Personally this makes me a little suspicious of any email web service or social media site now. If Yahoo! complied perhaps Apple, Google, Facebook and Microsoft have also complied with the NSA.

 

This current digital age could become a forgotten era #tech #history #software

Could The Digital Age Be Forgotten? A Web Pioneer Thinks It’s Possible

Vint Cerf, of the original Internet Pioneers, thinks that the current digital age we’re living in could become a forgotten era. A post on Hacked explains that, “Cerf’s concerns lay in the rapid progression of technology. File formats that were common just a decade ago have become deprecated in favor of newer, more efficient formats. Civilizations like Rome used tablets and carvings to document their civilization, and these have withstood the ages.”

The article speaks of the proprietary nature of much of the software and file formats we use in this current age and how it relates to old technologies becoming deprecated. It also suggests some solutions to ultra long file storage such as with encoding data onto DNA.

Hurry, time to delete all those drunk tweets and status updates before they become encoded in DNA for all eternity!

Leaders in #Vancouver and #Seattle talk about a #tech corridor between the two cities

Next Big Tech Corridor? Between Seattle and Vancouver, Planners Hope

There’s plans in the works to create a tech corridor between Seattle and Vancouver. A report from the New York Times found ideas being thrown around for a dedicated lane for self-driving vehicles.

“A group of Seattle techies proposed … a dedicated lane for autonomous vehicles on Interstate 5, the highway connecting Seattle to the Canadian border. The plan — which relies on autonomous vehicles that still need a lot of work — would not shave much time off the commute between the cities, but could make the ride less tedious by letting travelers work or watch a movie, said Tom Alberg, a managing director at Madrona Venture Group, a Seattle venture capital firm, and an author of the proposal.”

Other ideas may include a high speed rail line. It was stated in the report that the housing costs in Vancouver are higher than San Francisco while the average tech Salary in Vancouver at $49,000 is about half the salary paid in San Francisco.

 

 

Changes coming to Skype for Business include Mac and iOS integration enhancements #audio #video #business

Microsoft Skype for Business PSTN conferencing from Microsoft allows anyone to join your Skype Meetings using only a telephone.

Microsoft announced some updates to Skype for Business this week. According to a blog post from Gurdeep Singh Pall at Microsoft Office Blogs there is a big focus on Mac integration.

“… the new Skype for Business for Mac will be available in October. The new client has been written from the ground up using the modern Mac programming language, Swift. It provides high-definition audio and video, in addition to features like one-click join for meetings and edge-to-edge video and desktop sharing to make full use of a screen.”

Gurdeep goes on to explain how Skype for Business calls on iOS will work exactly like any other cellular call on an iPhone.

“As part of our efforts to build deeper native integration on iOS and Android, we’re also pleased to be rolling out enhancements to the Skype for Business experience on iPhone staring in October. Using the Apple CallKit framework, Skype for Business calls now work just like a cellular call on your iPhone. You can accept a call via the lock screen or put a Skype for Business call on hold to take a cellular phone call—it works just like a phone. Both clients deliver a first-class Skype for Business experience to Mac and iOS users.”

Read the full article here.

 

 

Windows 10 Update KB3194496 causes a restart loop post install #microsoft #os

Microsoft Windows 10 Hotfix issue

According to Thurrott, Microsoft has released a Windows 10 update that is problematic – specifically KB3194496. Several users are reporting that their computers are going into a restart loop.

“The update that is causing the problem, KB3194496, is not installing correctly for users. The update, when it does fail, is causing some machines to restart, often multiple times, as Windows 10 attempts to remove the failed update. Worse, after a restart, the file will attempt to install again resulting in the loop of failed install, reboot, re-install and failure again.”

Consider yourselves warned.

Read the whole story here.

DNS is the Achilles heel of the Internet – Test your DNS configuration here

Internet connected nodes

Today at the national meeting of Canada’s Chiefs of Police, the Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) called on Canada’s law enforcement community to protect their domains and DNS from cyber-attacks.

“The DNS is the Achilles heel of the Internet,” said Jacques Latour, chief technology officer at CIRA. “When your DNS goes down, your website, your web applications, your email, your web services all fail. It can be devastating to an organization.”

Law enforcement agencies, because of their profile in the community, are likely targets for hackers and cyber-criminals.

//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js

The Canadian Internet Registration Authority recommends law enforcement immediately take several steps to secure their Internet infrastructure and prevent outages.

Use an Anycast DNS service: Some legacy web architectures use what is called a unicast DNS. These services offer little redundancy and leave the DNS extremely vulnerable to DDoS attack. Ensure that you have an Anycast DNS solution that can withstand attacks and keep services online.
Confirm the DNS is properly configured and includes a primary and secondary: Redundancy is important when setting up a world-class DNS configuration, and administrators should confirm that their DNS settings are configured correctly. In testing, CIRA found Canada’s DNS availability is startlingly poor, with a lack of redundancy and configuration errors causing 93 per cent of DNS servers in Canada to miss queries over a six month period. For lesser-known websites this may not be an issue, but misconfigurations could leave law enforcement open to attack.
Use a domain locking service: Any .CA domain can be locked with CIRA to prevent unauthorized changes to the domain settings. This prevents malicious actors from redirecting a domain to a new site with damaging information, a common form of cyber-attack. In 2015 the City of Ottawa’s website was redirected to an image of a dancing banana. ISIS sympathizers have also used this tactic to redirect pages to ISIS propaganda.
“As the fist-line of defence against online criminals, we need law enforcement to be leading the way on DNS security,” said Latour. “Safe and secure DNS solutions tend to be exceptionally affordable and simple to deploy. I find it troubling that many police forces do not take these simple steps to protect their online services.”

Additional resources:

Test your DNS configuration: CIRA offers a simple test that you can use to find critical errors in your DNS configuration. You can access the test for free at dnstests.cira.ca.

Get a free trial of CIRA D-Zone Anycast DNS: CIRA offers a made-in-Canada DNS solution that is ideal for Canadian organizations. IT Managers can learn more about this service with a free trial and sign-up at cira.ca.

About CIRA

The Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) manages the .CA top-level domain on behalf of all Canadians. A Member-based organization, CIRA also develops and implements policies that support Canada’s Internet community, and represents the .CA registry internationally.

 

SOURCE Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA)

 

For further information:

or interview requests: Ryan Saxby Hill, Communications manager, CIRA, ryan.hill@cira.ca, 613-316-2397

This information is being distributed to you by CNW Group Ltd. 88 Queens Quay West, Suite 3000 Toronto ON M5J 0B8 http://www.newswire.ca
Please do not reply to this email. This is an outgoing message only. If you wish to stop receiving these types of messages from us, you can unsubscribe at any time.

Ces renseignements vous ont été distribués par le Groupe CNW Ltée. 88, Queens Quay Ouest, bureau 3000 Toronto, ON M5J 0B8 http://www.newswire.ca
S’il vous plaît ne pas répondre à ce courriel. Il s’agit d’un message sortant seulement. Si vous ne souhaitez plus recevoir ce type de messages de notre part, vous pouvez vous désabonner à tout moment.

© 2016 CNW Group Ltd, all rights reserved
© 2016 Groupe CNW Ltée, tous droits réservés

Ooredoo Promotes “Internet of Things” Solutions with New Service Launches

Machine-to-Machine (M2M) and Internet of Things (IoT) portfolio

Ooredoo is promoting its success in further developing its Machine-to-Machine (M2M) and Internet of Things (IoT) portfolio for customers across its footprint at the 2016 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

Demand for IoT/M2M solutions, which enable business assets to communicate directly with each other or with a central command centre, is rising strongly, as more companies look to automate day-to-day activities.

According to a recent industry report, the global cellular M2M market will grow from USD 3.22 billion in 2015 to USD 11.50 billion by 2020, driven in part by decreasing connectivity costs and increasing demand for solutions like fleet management. In particular, Ooredoo is seeing strong growth in Southeast Asia and North Africa, as companies and organisations look for innovative IoT solutions to daily business challenges.

//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js

Ooredoo has expanded its Managed Connectivity solution, IoT Connect, developed in partnership with Ericsson and based on its Device Connection Platform (DCP). The solution, which has already been made available in Indonesia, Tunisia and Kuwait, provides customers with full control of their IoT/M2M connectivity, thanks to a cloud-based M2M platform. In addition, Ooredoo has enhanced IoT Connect  to offer seamless M2M connectivity to customers who want to operate in North Africa, Middle East and/or South East Asia.

Ooredoo’s cloud-based infrastructure enables companies to access their IoT/M2M SIM network seamlessly across all markets, reducing costs and providing greater central control.

//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js

H.E. Sheikh Saud bin Nasser Al Thani, Group CEO, Ooredoo, said: “Ooredoo sees huge potential for M2M technology in all our operations, as more enterprises look to deploy the power of the Internet of Things. We have a clear roadmap for the development of IoT services, including ongoing investment in delivering a global, cloud-based solution for our customers, and we have a series of exciting new solutions in development with our global network of partners.”

Ooredoo is also offering end-to-end vertical solutions such as Fleet Management in a range of major markets, and has seen significant success in Indonesia, where its M2M Vehicle Telematics solution has seen strong take-up.

Ooredoo is working with a wide range of enterprises, government and small businesses to develop solutions on its IoT/M2M platforms. These include solutions for Business-to-Business (B2B) processes such as procurement, billing/charging, and even Business-to-Consumer (B2C) processes, such as retail for consumers.  In addition, it is developing solutions for the monitoring of M2M traffic, online ordering and ticketing functions using the IoT Platform.

The Ooredoo Pavilion is located in Hall 2 at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, which runs until 25 February 2016.

 

 

 

About Ooredoo

Ooredoo is a leading international communications company delivering mobile, fixed, broadband internet and corporate managed services tailored to the needs of consumers and businesses across markets in the Middle East, North Africa and Southeast Asia. As a community-focused company, Ooredoo is guided by its vision of enriching people’s lives and its belief that it can stimulate human growth by leveraging communications to help people achieve their full potential. Ooredoo has a presence in markets such as Qatar, Kuwait, Oman, Algeria, Tunisia, Iraq, Palestine, the Maldives, Myanmar and Indonesia. The company was named “Most Innovative Company of the Year – MEA Region” at the 2015 International Business Awards.

 

The company reported revenues of US$ 9.1 billion in 2014 and had a consolidated global customer base of 114.9 million customers as of 30 September 2015. Ooredoo’s shares are listed on the Qatar Stock Exchange and the Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange.

 

Twitter: @Ooredoo

Facebook: facebook.com/ooredoogroup

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/ooredoo

YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/ooredoogroup

Sandvine enhances network security with Symantec

web URL filtering

 Sandvine, a leading provider of intelligent broadband network solutions for fixed and mobile operators, today announced enhancements for its Network Security product, including new integration with Symantec RuleSpace, a web categorization service, and Symantec DeepSight™, a cyber-threat intelligence service. This new integration will enable Communications Service Providers (CSPs) to better protect both their subscribers and their network infrastructure.

Sandvine’s Network Security is a cyber security solution that introduces a layer of intelligence into the network that can recognize and respond to cyber threats as they appear in real time, including outbound spam, Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks, and botnet command and control communication.

Sandvine’s Network Security will leverage Symantec’s RuleSpace and DeepSight to build upon and enhance this established feature set while enabling CSPs to protect subscribers and their infrastructure in a number of new ways, including:

  • Parental and web controls: help provide subscribers or institutions with the ability to selectively block web content they do not wish to access from over 100 different categories such as adult content or gambling sites
  • Subscriber phishing and malware protection: help prevent subscribers from accessing sites that are known to host phishing and malware attacks
  • Deeper understanding of network attacks: empower CSPs with up-to-date and actionable intelligence about malicious IP addresses conducting attacks, including geo-location and reputation

“Bringing together Sandvine’s carrier-class Network Policy Control capabilities and Symantec’s industry-leading security expertise will allow operators of any size or access technology to protect their networks. The combined solution does not require subscribers to download client software, and is being delivered on Sandvine’s platform which, unlikeother security offerings, is purpose-built to scale to the requirements of modern telecommunications networks,” said Don Bowman, CTO, Sandvine.

“We’re excited to partner with Sandvine and enrich its Network Security product with the intelligence that both RuleSpace and DeepSight provide,” said Sudhir Mehta, Sr. Director of Global Partner Solutions,Symantec. “Protecting the network at the operator level, the way Sandvine’s Network Security does, is one of the best ways to help ensure an operator can implement clean pipes.”

ABOUT SANDVINE
Sandvine’s network policy control solutions add intelligence to fixed, mobile and converged communications service provider networks to enable services that can increase revenue and reduce network costs. Powered by Sandvine’s Policy Engine and SandScript policy language, Sandvine’s networking equipment performs end-to-end policy control functions including traffic classification, and policy decision and enforcement across the data, control and business planes. Sandvine’s products provide actionable business insight, the ability to deploy new subscriber services and tools to optimize traffic while enhancing subscriber Internet quality of experience.

Sandvine’s network policy control solutions are deployed in more than 250 networks in over 90 countries, serving hundreds of millions of data subscribers worldwide, www.sandvine.com.

 

 

 

Sandvine

Bell & IBM bring new hybrid cloud capabilities to Canadian market

Bell Business Markets and IBM today announced a new partnership to expand the cloud computing services available through Bell Business Cloud. This partnership will give businesses across Canada access to the IBM Cloud via a secure, high-speed private connection from Bell, simplifying the way customers adopt and build out their hybrid clouds.

More and more organizations are looking for a reliable and secure connection to the cloud, that doesn’t rely on sending data over the public Internet. Bell Business Cloud addresses this issue by enabling enterprises to plug into the IBM Cloud, giving them direct access to a wide range of on-demand computing and storage options.

These new services include:

  • Bell Cloud Connect: connecting the largest and most advanced IP network in Canada to IBM Cloud for end-to-end performance, security and reliability
  • Bell Cloud Compute: running on IBM Cloud to offer a secure, scalable, self-serve environment for managed virtual machines that improves operational performance while reducing costs
  • Backup & Restore: providing access to IBM Cloud to protect customer data and applications through a secure backup location as well as ensuring availability of data and applications.

“Bell is an established leader in data hosting and cloud computing, providing customers with exceptional support from an expert nationwide team,” said Tom Little, President, Bell Business Markets. “With businesses of all kinds increasingly relying on cloud services for their mission critical applications, adding IBM Cloud services to Bell Business Cloud provides customers with the seamless integration, security and dependability they expect and require.”

“The world’s appetite for data is increasing and with this comes a greater need for organizations to support cloud workloads. IBM Cloud is the leading platform for data-driven cloud and analytics that enables organizations to open the doors to more responsive and innovative ways of doing business,” said Nevil Knupp, VP of Cloud, IBM Canada. “IBM Cloud supports Bell’s new client offerings to help companies gain more control of their data, improve application performance and efficiencies with enhanced collaboration, centralize IT management, reduce costs and achieve greater efficiencies.”

IBM is equipped with one of the highest performing cloud infrastructures available to offer organizations speed, power, and flexibility, while delivering a high degree of customization, transparency, predictability, and automation. According to analyst findings from Synergy Research around Infrastructure-as-a-Service, Platform-as-a-Service, and private cloud, IBM is positioned as a top performer and leader in the private and hybrid cloud space.

IBM Cloud delivers fast, easy and automated access to a public, private and hybrid cloud services that enable companies to lower their overall IT costs while increasing agility and productivity. IBM offers a complete portfolio of cloud services, with over 40 data centers in every major financial market around the world, supporting a wide range of applications including big data, analytics, mobile and cognitive.

As Bell’s Business Cloud ecosystem continues to evolve through new partnerships, customers will benefit from additional solutions, enterprise applications and business tools, with the ability to increasingly acquire their technologies on a utility basis.

Driven by industry-leading innovation and supported by a strong expertise, Bell Business Markets offers a comprehensive portfolio of products and services including data centre solutions, unified communications, security and professional services supporting all the customer’s ICT needs.

Bell’s Business Cloud in partnership with IBM is available across the country to all mid and large businesses. For more information, please visit bell.ca/businesscloud

About Bell
Bell is Canada’s largest communications company, providing a comprehensive and innovative suite of broadband communication services to residential and business customers under the Bell Canada and Bell Aliant brands. Bell Media is Canada’spremier multimedia company. It has assets in television, radio, out of home and digital media, including CTV, Canada’s #1 television network, and the country’s most-watched specialty channels. To learn more, please visit BCE.ca.

The Bell Let’s Talk initiative promotes Canadian mental health with national awareness and anti-stigma campaigns, like Bell Let’s Talk Day, and significant Bell funding of community care and access, research, and workplace initiatives. To learn more, please visit Bell.ca/LetsTalk.

About IBM
For more information on IBM Cloud visit www.ibm.com/cloud

Technology, Media and Telecommunications (TMT) Predictions for 2016

Buying something with your smartphone or tablet will be easier this year as mobile touch commerce emerges in 2016, this according to Deloitte’s 2016 Canadian Technology, Media & Telecommunications (TMT) Predictions. The number of individuals who use a third party touch-based payment service to buy something on their mobile device (smartphone or tablet) is predicted to increase 150 percent to reach over a million users in Canada.

“Last year mobile payments began to go mainstream,” said Duncan Stewart, Director of TMT Research at Deloitte in Canada. “This year we’re seeing a continuation of that trend, whereby it’s getting easier and easier to use your phone to make secure transactions. The check-out process is made much simpler if all you need is your fingerprint to authenticate and authorize payment in just one or two touches. The days of filling out screen after screen of payment card details and both home and shipping addresses, we predict, are numbered.”

//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js

Deloitte’s annual TMT Predictions identify the key trends that are likely to have a significant impact on companies in the technology, media and telecommunications industry and beyond over the next 12 to 18 months.

Deloitte also predicts that in 2016 mobile will become the leading games platform by software revenue, reaching 37 percent of total gaming sales, surpassing both console and PC games. That’s big news for Canada’s gaming industry, which is the third biggest in the world, contributing $2.3 billion to GDP and employing over 20,000 full time equivalents. Far from taking over the gaming industry, mobile is less lucrative than traditional PC or console games, with average revenue of only $40,000 per mobile game compared to $2.9-million per PC game and $4.8-million per console game.

The influence of mobile will not shake-up how trailing millennials (18-24 year olds) use personal computers either. In fact, despite being the smartphone generation, 18-24 year olds are likely to be the most pro-PC of all age groups in 2016. Their ownership, intent to purchase and use of PCs will likely be higher than any other age group and the Canadian population as a whole. Additionally, in the face of digital media, Deloitte predicts stable box-office revenues for the North American movie industry in 2016.

“What we’re seeing in terms of the bigger picture for 2016 is that mobile devices continue to be an important – even vital – part of our daily lives, capturing a significant amount of our time and money, but their influence only extends so far,” said Robert Nardi, Partner and National TMT Leader for Deloitte in Canada. “For the majority of Canadians, our smartphones and tablets complement or enhance rather than replace the traditional products we’re used to or, only slightly alter our behaviours.

 

//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js

TMT Predictions most relevant to Canada in 2016 (all dollar amounts are USD) 

Mobile touch commerce emerges The number of people who use a third party touch-based payment service to make a purchase on their mobile devices will increase 150 percent to reach over a million users in Canada in 2016. Deloitte found that as of mid-2015, 29 percent of Canadians browse shopping websites on a weekly basis, but only 6 percent make a purchase. Touch commerce compacts the time taken between browsing to transaction on a mobile phone or tablet from minutes to mere seconds, simplifying the check-out process. The result is likely to be a decrease in ‘cart abandonment’ in 2016, when consumers start buying something on mobile, but give up before purchasing. 

Mobile games: Leading, but less lucrative Mobile will become the leading games platform by software revenue in 2016, generating 37 percent of sales, up 20 percent from 2015. This compares to 34 percent for PC games and 29 percent for console games, up just five and six percent respectively from 2015. Revenue per game by platform will vary significantly: Deloitte predicts $4.8-million per console game ($145 per console player), $2.9-million per PC game ($50 per PC games player), but just $40,000 per mobile game ($20 per mobile games player). 

Mobile ad-blockers: Saved by the app? Mobile ad-blockers will place less than $100-million of revenue at risk in 2016, or just 0.1 percent of the $70-billion global mobile advertising market. Deloitte expects 0.3 percent of Canadian mobile owners will use an ad-blocker in 2016. Only about 40 percent of Canadian mobile devices are likely to have native ad-blocking capability built-in, and the majority of time spent on mobile devices is app-based and ad-blockers only filter out browser-based content. This means that ad-blocking is only applicable to a minority of devices, for a minority amount of time. 

Trailing Millennials are the pro-PC, not the post-PC generation Canadian trailing millennials (18–24 years old) will not abandon personal computers in 2016. While they may be the smartphone generation, their ownership, intent to purchase and use of PCs will likely be higher than any other age group and the Canadian population as a whole. In a 2015 Deloitte survey, 25 percent of Canadians 18-24 hope to get a new laptop in the next 12 months, and Canada was one of the only countries surveyed where trailing millennials were more likely to have access to a laptop than a smartphone: 93 percent vs 91 percent! Trailing millennials consider smartphones and PCs complements, not substitutes. 

Virtual reality: A billion dollar niche Virtual reality headsets will move from the lab to the store for consumer purchase in 2016 with hardware and software sales totaling $1-billion globally, and less than $30-million in Canada. Despite the hype around VR, this is still very much a niche market.

Women in IT jobs: Worse than you thought and not getter better Deloitte predicts only 22 percent of information technology (IT) jobs in Canada will be held by women, lagging the US which is at 24 percent. This is likely to be almost unchanged from 2015. With gender parity the goal the solution will be complex and take time, decades even. To get there, we need improvements to the education pipeline (only 25 percent of those studying computer science in Canada are women, down from 2009 levels of 27 percent); the recruiting and hiring process; retention rates; pay and the path to promotion are all required.    

The award for stable box office revenues in the fact of digital media goes to … The value of movie theatre admissions in the U.S. and Canada will fall by about three percent in 2016 to about $10.6-billion, with about 1.3 billion tickets sold. Box office success is largely dependent on the slate of movies released, but since 2002 it has never gone down more than six percent or up more than 10 percent. In 2016, Deloitte predicts average annual growth of one percent (plus or minus 10 percent) and the number of tickets sold to decline about one percent. 

US TV: Erosion, not implosion The U.S. traditional television market, a bellwether for the Canadian market, and the world’s largest at about $170-billion in 2016, will see erosion on six fronts: the number of pay TV subscribers; pay TV penetration as a percent of total population; average pay TV monthly bill; consumers switching to antennas for watching TV; and live and time shifted viewing by the overall population, especially millennials 18-24 years old. Despite concern of traditional TV collapsing, Deloitte predicts the decline will be gradual over time. Virtually all of these US trends are also being seen in Canada, although Canadians watch about 240 minutes of live and time shifted TV daily, compared to 320 minutes in the US. 

Cognitive technologies enhance enterprise software By the end of 2016 more than 80 of the world’s 100 largest enterprise software companies (by revenues) will have integrated cognitive technologies in their products, signaling a true coming of age for AI (Artificial Intelligence). This is a 25 percent increase on the year prior. By 2020, Deloitte expects that about 95 percent of the top 100 companies will have incorporated one or more cognitive technologies. Machine learning, natural language processing and speech recognition will be the most important cognitive technologies in the enterprise software market in the year ahead. 

Gigabit/s to the home makes its case The number of gigabit per second (Gbit/s) Internet connections available to Canadians will surge to over four million by the end of 2016. It’s hard to say how many will subscribe in that first year, but we expect at least 100,000 homes by year end, in line with global adoption. Rising demand will be fueled by increasing availability and falling prices. Those 100,000 subscribers; however, represent less than three percent of Canadian customers on networks capable of Gbit/s connections as of the end of the year.

 

 

About Deloitte’s TMT Predictions

Deloitte’s TMT Predictions are based on worldwide research supported by in-depth interviews with clients, industry analysts, global leaders and more than 8,000 Deloitte member firm TMT practitioners. Over the last five years, Deloitte was more than 80 percent accurate with its TMT predictions.

For more information about TMT events happening across Canada contact: TMTpredictions@deloitte.ca

 

About Deloitte
Deloitte, one of Canada’s leading professional services firms, provides audit, tax, consulting, and financial advisory services. Deloitte LLP, an Ontario limited liability partnership, is the Canadian member firm of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited. 

Deloitte refers to one or more of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited, a UK private companies limited by guarantee, and its network of member firms, each of which is a legally separate and independent entity. Please see www.deloitte.com/about for a detailed description of the legal structure of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited and its member firms.