Chairman, Welcomm Communications Ltd
The Big progression in 2013 has been the race by the networks to roll out 4G, but more importantly to market it correctly. This will continue in 2014, however, i forsee a greater emphasis on value added services such as Microsoft 365 and additional telephony services. As a result of this, data expenditure will increase massively but the networks must not lose sight of the fact that it’s still a mobile phone and people will still want to talk.
Apple has been the dominant force in terms of hardware over the last few years, but it’s failure to be innovative towards the second half of 2013 has seen the other manufacturers leading in design and technology, and as a result, gaining vital market share. I see this trend becoming further amplified throughout 2014 and we could see a further real threat to Apple’s dominance from the Window devices as well.