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Smart Home Devices Set to Hit 939.7m shipment by 2022

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International Data Corporation (IDC) forecast results has shown that Smart Home Devices will grow on market size and forecasting of IP-connected devices used in the home, which include smart speakers, digital media adapters, lighting, thermostats, and more.

 

This historical result/data is accompanied by a five-year forecast that offers insight into upcoming trends and the ever-evolving market.

 

In 2017, 433.1 million smart home devices were shipped worldwide, growing 27.6% from the previous year.

 

Looking ahead, IDC anticipates a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 18.5% as the market balloons to 939.7 million devices shipped in 2022.

 

Within the smart home market, the smart speaker category, which includes devices like the Amazon Echo and Google Home, will remain the fastest growing category throughout the forecast.

 

Meanwhile, shipments for most other categories, with the exception of video entertainment products, will experience a double-digit CAGR during the same period.

 

Jitesh Ubrani senior research analyst, IDC Mobile Device Trackers, said “The smart home market is still in its infancy but we’re already seeing some significant changes in consumers’ and vendors’ approach,”

 

“There’s less of a focus on having a central hub and apps as the center of the interface as hardware makers race to create interoperability with smart assistants like Alexa, Siri, or Google Assistant.

 

“On the other hand, consumers, while still somewhat hesitant to anthropomorphize smart assistants, are beginning to expect a more natural user interface to the myriad of smart home devices.”

 

Adam Wright senior research analyst for IDC’s Consumer IoT Program, said “While it’s still early days for the smart home market – and the wider consumer IoT ecosystem in general – we expect to see considerable growth over the next few years, especially as consumers become more aware of and increasingly interact with smart assistant platforms like Amazon’s Alexa and Google Assistant,

 

“Whether in the form of a smart speaker or embedded in a thermostat, fridge, TV, or any other device, smart assistants are quickly becoming the cornerstone of consumer IoT by enhancing the accessibility, use, and functionality of connected devices, which will noticeably boost adoption rates in the near future.”

 

Category Highlights shows that Video Entertainment devices, inclusive of smart TVs, digital media adapters, and other IP-connected video devices, are forecast to deliver a CAGR of 8.3% for unit shipments over the 2017–2022 forecast period.

 

These devices are also expected to capture around three quarters of the dollar value of the entire smart home market as the average sale price (ASP) for TVs will be among the highest.

 

Leaders in the TV category during 2017 were Samsung and LG while category leaders for digital media adapters during the same period were, in order, Amazon, Google, and Roku.

 

Home Monitoring/Security is comprised of devices like connected door locks, cameras, moisture sensors, door bells, and more.

 

IDC expects this will remain the second largest category in terms of unit shipments through 2022 as products become easier to deploy in the home and will not require consumers to have a “DIY attitude” to integrate these products with their smart assistants and other devices.

 

Smart Speakers with built-in smart assistants have captured the spotlight recently as major new brands like Apple have entered the market.

 

In addition, Amazon and Google have been quick to respond by offering additional models and price points through their first-party speakers and by partnering with numerous other brands to bring Alexa- or Google Assistant-enabled speakers.

 

What remains to be seen is how long the partners can survive since the sale of hardware stands to be the smallest part of the overall revenue associated with this category.

 

Connected Lighting products, like those from Philips, GE, IKEA, and others, have to some extent been the gateway for consumers to the larger smart home market.

 

With prices quickly dropping and bundling with smart speakers as an entry level smart home solution, the lighting category has a lot of future potential.

 

IDC anticipates this category to be worth more than $3.5 billion dollars by the end of 2022.

 

Thermostats, like the ones offered by Nest or Ecobee, are expected to have a worldwide CAGR of 20.8% for unit shipments by 2022.

 

Despite the high growth, IDC expects it to be among the smallest categories as most homes will have a single thermostat and a large part of the world (e.g. Asia/Pacific and Middle East) does not use standalone thermostats, relying instead on those built into air conditioners or heating units.

 

Other smart home products like connected appliances, sprinkler systems, and other smaller devices are expected to see shipments grow at a CAGR of 18.2% from 2017–2022.

 

Many of the analog counterparts, like traditional appliances, have long replacement cycles and are expected to have limited overall appeal within the future smart home.

 

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NBC to Withdraw Idle STB Manufacturing Licenses

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National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has asked all the Set Top Box (STB) manufacturers to deliver or risk punitive sanctions.

 

STB manufacturer makes set top box- a hardware device that allows a digital signal to be received, decoded and displayed on a television.

 

The Commission was particularly disturbed that seven out of 13 authorised STB manufactures are yet to set up their factories for the manufacturing of the boxes, six years after issuance of the licences, thereby slowing the Digital Switch Over (DSO), project.

 

Mr. Modibbo Kawu, director-general of the Commission, described the failure of the seven STB licensees as worrisome.

 

“The nation has come to the stage of the transition that we must ask ourselves what the real state of the manufacture of Set Top Boxes is. As it is, the Commission would no longer condone any act of indolence on the part of the STB manufacturers that constitute a clog in the wheel of progress of the DSO.

 

“Already, questions are being asked. STBs are perpetually in short supply or are unavailable, even in the cities where we have launched. I am inundated with daily enquiries from all over the country about the non-availability of boxes; these are boxes that we paid for which should have been supplied, instead, they bring them to locations of launches to sell, which is most unethical. We are considering the authorisation of more players to augment the apparent lack of capacity to fill demand. We cannot continue dual illumination or simulcast forever, because the cost is choking.”

 

On remedying the situation, Kawu disclosed: “We are considering the authorisation of more players to augment the apparent lack of capacity to fill demand. Two things would be the basis of such authorisation. First, they have to get production capacities up to a reasonable level within a mutually agreed timeline and secondly, whoever is eventually authorised to produce boxes would do so, on the condition that they must set up production plants within Nigeria, in line with our national objectives of jobs creation and technology transfer.”

 

He said NBC is ready to hear from the STB licensees and dissect their challenges with a view to addressing them,

 

“The Commission is determined to tackle the funding challenge head-on by seeking the intervention of the Bank of Industry, BoI. We are here to listen to you and to hear your challenges, so that we can collectively chart a future.

 

“We are interested in knowing how far you have gone with the plan to deploy a second conditional access system. BoI will give insights on how we can finance our businesses, if we are truly committed to the production of STBs for the Nigerian DSO. This is vital, since it has become clear to all stakeholders, that there might be no more funding for the supply of subsidized boxes,” Kawu said.

 

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NBC Accuses Daar Communications of Violation, Stops FM Radio

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National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has ordered Daar Communications Plc, owners of AIT and Raypower to stop further test transmission of its FM radio signals in Yola until normal statutory approvals have been requested by Daar Communications Plc and issued by the NBC.

 

A statement from NBC on Monday said the commission gave the directive after it noted that the station went ahead and started test transmission even after its operatives had been reminded by the NBC, Yola State office, of the need to obtain the necessary statutory approvals as stipulated in the Nigeria Broadcasting Code before such a test transmission could commence.

‘’The Commission noted that it is regrettable that Daar Communication, as an old licensee of the Commission, will fail to follow due process and would proceed on test transmission on Sunday, April 22, 2018, without clearance from the NBC.

 

‘’For the avoidance of doubt, the Commission hereby draws the attention of all, to the following sections of the Nigeria Broadcasting Code:

 

‘’Section 12.14.4.6 which states thus:

 

“In all cases, a representative of the Commission shall be required for the testing to be conducted on new transmitting equipment.”

 

NBC called on all broadcasters to adhere strictly to the provisions of the Nigeria Broadcasting Code and the National Broadcasting Act CAP N11 Laws of the Federation, 2004.

 

 

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Ericsson MediaFirst TV Platform Available on Amlogic’s Set top Box Chipset

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Next-generation TV operators can cost-effectively take their customers to new levels of personalized consumer experience satisfaction as a result of collaboration between Ericsson Media Solutions and Amlogic to make Ericsson’s MediaFirst middleware available via Amlogic’s chipsets.

Supported by its high performance central processing unit (CPU) and graphics processing unit (GPU), the integration of Amlogic’s S905X chipset solution enables consumers to speedily access content, including High Dynamic Range (HDR) content, across MediaFirst set-top-boxes.

Operators can also provide increased choice of content, as well as boosting engagement and personalization experiences for customers.

Ericsson Media Solutions is a leading provider of personalized and converged multiscreen TV solutions for pay TV operators.

Amlogic is a leading provider of System-On-Chip (SOC) for video streaming and smart home devices. Amlogic’s S905X chipset is operational in OTT and IP scenarios with major operators worldwide, offering high-end features at an optimized price. The integration with the MediaFirst middleware provides more choice and flexibility to operators.

The solution will be demonstrated by Ericsson Media Solutions at NAB Show 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada, from April 7-12. It offers advanced media processing that enables operators to deliver high quality user experiences by utilizing complex HDR schemes alongside its high-performance CPU and GPU.

Advanced security technologies ensure that high value content is securely managed to meet the needs of content owners worldwide. The solution is already commercially available through most MediaFirst set-top-box manufacturers.

Ericsson Media Solutions’ MediaFirst TV Platform is an end-to-end media platform for the creation, management, and delivery of next-generation Pay TV. Built using leading-edge cloud-based architecture, it enables operators and content providers to deliver seamless, personalized and intuitive TV experiences to consumers anytime, anywhere and on any device.

James Xie, VP, Corporate Business Strategy, Amlogic, says: “The S905X chipset is ideally designed to meet operators’ requirements and to enable a high-quality user experience with MediaFirst. MediaFirst takes full advantage of our SOC capabilities to deliver a seamless TV experience to operators at price points not possible using current solutions.”

Marc Stauffacher, Head of Solution Area TV Platforms, Ericsson Media Solutions says: “Amlogic chipsets deliver an excellent user experience across all MediaFirst use cases, including Pay TV in-home and OTT services.

By pre-integrating the MediaFirst TV Platform client with Amlogic we are adding more choice and value to Ericsson Media Solutions’ holistic MediaFirst ecosystem, enabling our global partner operators to rapidly go to market.”

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