News Scan: Digital content spending passes $57B; Virtualized mobile networks; more


>> Digital content spending passed $57B last year

Global spending on digital content passed $57 billion in 2013, up almost 30 percent from $44 billion in 2012, according to a joint study by IHS and App Annie. In Japan, the shift to smartphone and tablet apps is disrupting established digital content players in the Japanese market, the study notes. Large gains in game app spend in Japan and South Korea were key drivers in the growth in mobile apps. The U.S. has the widest range of content spend and the highest devices per capita across the broadest range of devices, according to the study. Read more on the digital content study.

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>> Alcatel-Lucent, Red Hat team on virtualized mobile networks

Alcatel-Lucent is working with Red Hat to virtualize mobile networks using network functions virtualization technology, reports IDG News Service. Advantages of virtualized mobile network include lower costs and faster new service deployments. Alcatel-Lucent is using Red Hat's Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform to power the underlying CloudBand platform, which also has integrated SDN functionality from Nuage Networks, the report notes. Alcatel-Lucent and China Mobile planned to demonstrate a virtualized voice over LTE offering at next week's Mobile World Congress. Read more on virtualized mobile networks.

[More on virtualization: Apple's APIs left VMware in enterprise mobility dust | What does VMware's purchase of AirWatch mean for enterprise mobility?]

>> Streaming music car infotainment systems on the rise

Shipments of streaming music-enabled car infotainment systems are forecast by ABI Research to exceed 66 million units by the end of 2019. This would represent 93 percent of all connected automotive infotainment system shipments. "FM broadcasting still dominates in-car listening today, but it is likely that this will gradually diminish in favor of streamed radio and music services as an increasing number of cars become connected," comments Gareth Owen, principal analyst at ABI Research. Read more on ABI's forecast.

[More on streaming music: Report: Google Play Music All Access expanding to Apple's iOS this month | Pandora taps former Microsoft exec Brian McAndrews as CEO]

>> UK mobile newspaper sites heat up

The number of unique visitors to UK mobile newspaper sites rose 39 percent year-over-year, and the number of page views increased 63 percent year-over-year in December, according to comScore GSMA Mobile Media Metrics. Visitors to mobile newspaper sites were more likely to be younger, with 18- to 34-year-olds accounting for 45 percent of consumers who accessed news sites via mobile, according to a report on the stats by eMarketer. Read more on the comScore stats.

[More on mobile publishing: Will day-and-date digital publishing save DC Comics? | Mobile ad spending to triple by 2018, says Juniper]

>> Network infrastructure key to workforce management software market

Network infrastructure is the most important backbone for growth of the workforce management software market, which TechNavio forecasts to increase at an 11.25 percent compound annual growth rate through 2018. The U.S., UK and Japan are the leading countries in the workforce management software market. Software vendors in those countries are offering different levels of time and attendance management, leave management and workforce scheduling functionalities over cloud-based and mobile platforms. Read more on the WFM market.

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