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Smart video devices to outgrow global population by 2017

Posted: 11 Oct 2013 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:smart video devices? internet connected devices? broadband? smartphones? tablets?

According to a recent IHS report, smart video devices and other internet connected devices will exceed the global population by 2017. By 2016, the number of internet connected smart video devices will be on par with the total world population at about 7 billion and by 2017, that number will top 8 billion when the world's population is forecast to be just 7.4 billion.

Currently, there are about 4.3 billion Internet-connected smart video devices, but that will grow by 90 per cent in just four years, when an average of 1.1 smart video devices will be connected per capita. However, as mentioned, most of these devices will be in the developed countries of the world. In fact, according to IHS, households with broadband connections will own most of them.

Not that everybody will be connected to the Internet by then, but on average, there will be one Internet-connected smart video device per capita. In fact, most of these devices will be in developed countries, according to IHS, where video-over-Internet-Protocol (video-over-IP) will be driving the market. Besides smartphones, tablets, smart TVs, and games consoles, there will also be connected set-top boxes, Blu-ray players, and personal computers (PCs)albeit only 23 per cent will be PCs, a far cry from the 93 per cent share of video-over-IP attributable to PCs in their hay-day circa 2005.


Figure 1: The global per capita (yellow) for smart video devicessmartphones, tablets, smart TVs, games consoles, set-top boxes, Blu-ray players, and PCswill match the population in 2016 (black dotted line) and outpace it with 8.2 billion units by 2017 (blue). Source: IHS

IHS predicts that the average home will have just over three TV sets connected by broadband, each surrounded by just over three Internet-connected devices for an average of 10 smart video devices per household.

The fastest growth area will come as no surpriseChina, which is predicted to add 1.9 billion Internet-connected smart video devices over the next four years, marking a 20 per cent growth rate for the Asia-Pacific region. North America and Western Europe, by contrast, will grow at a 10 per cent rate between 2013 and 2017, according to IHS. The slowest growing region will be sub-Saharan Africa, which will add just 145 million Internet-connected smart video devices over the next four years.

- R. Colin Johnson
??EE Times

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