Monthly Archives: May 2013

Self Organizing Network (SON) Infrastructure Provider Market and Forecast 2013 – 2017


New and emerging classes of mobile devices (smartphones, pc data cards, USB modems, consumer devices with embedded wireless, machine-to-machine, etc.) are fostering explosive growth of wireless data usage by public and enterprise users. As a result, wireless service providers have to simultaneously support a growing number of higher-bandwidth data applications and services on their networks.

Improving OSS for mobile cellular networks is always a goal of wireless carriers and an important technology to deploy is the so called Self Organizing Network (SON), which has been introduced as part of the 3GPP LTE network framework. SON is expected to be deployed over time and ultimately have a dramatically positive effect on network operations and OSS as it will, among other things, automate certain activates in order to save personnel costs and related costs of materials.

This research evaluates the major Self Organizing Network (SON) suppliers including comparative analysis and vendor rankings. 

The report also includes a market assessment and forecast analysis.

Target Audience: 

  • Mobile network operators
  • Wireless device manufacturers
  • Wireless infrastructure providers
  • OSS/BSS vendors and service providers
  • Network optimization service providers
  • LTE application developers and service integrators
  • Managed service providers and service bureau organizations


Database of Furniture Stores in Canada

Canada’s furniture store industry growth went through a declining phase due to the reduced buying power of consumers. This trend is likely to end with the recent real estate industry development and good prospects in the Canadian job market.

In the backdrop of this changing Canadian market scenario – Aarkstore is pleased to include the ‘Furniture Stores in Canada Industry’ market research report in its developing report archive.


Post Canadian economic crisis, the furniture store industry growth fell, the jobs in the job market reduced by 8.3% in the year 2009 and the spending power of the consumer reduced considerably. The economic crisis lead to fall in furniture buying and the high paid families postponed their housing purchase plans.

With the 0.2% fall in the furniture store industry earnings in the year 2013, Aarkstore predicts a further fall in the furniture store industry earnings, at an annual rate of 1.7%,during the period 2013-2018.  This scenario is getting complex for the market participants due to the demarcation of furniture costs on the lower side by big box and e-commerce retailers. This move further reduced the furniture stores industry earnings.

The blow to the global economy still persists and Canada is unable to make any development even with the constant improvement in the American economy. The reducedPer capita spending, the gloomy customer sentiment and the expected downside in the real estate market in 2013, does not allow the furniture stores industry to recoup.

Due to the falling cost of real estate, apartment buying activity will remain restricted. This unpredictability in the market is deterring the customer spending on furniture products.

With economies across the globe still struggling, Canada has failed to make significant progress despite a steady recovery in the United States. Per capita disposable income levels and consumer confidence remain low, and the housing market is expected to slide over 2013, further hindering a recovery in the

Due to the constant fall in earnings over the past five years, the furniture stores took up substantial promotions and discounts related spending and this move has reduced the profit earning drastically.

A plethora of market participants responded by resizing their team size and salaries; although, this response did not suffice, and synergy between companies could not be prevented. Since 2008, the count of established firms reduced and the rise in the number of synergies persisted. As per recent data, most firms are small with a team of 1-4 employees. We cannot expect the synergies to exist for another five years, but the new bee firms will not be able to sustain in the competitive market. Due to the low pricing of products the furniture store industry earnings growth will persist to fall further for a period of 5 years.


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Market Research – An effective tool to boost online sales!

Using market research as a tool to improve the online presence of your website involves some key factors. Before noting these factors, we should remember that market research and the website design activity goes hand-in-hand. We should focus on both market research and website design as a single activity rather than two different activities.

Let us take a look at the entire activity

1.     Website design

Website design is a comprehensive activity and it makes sense to conduct it in a sequential format. We should prefer doing the independent activity first and then go on doing the dependent activity. For instance, thinking about what should be done first –content writing, SEO strategy building and execution, product development or implementation of the web design technology. Agreed, that some of the activities go on simultaneously, but imagine a scenario where the website designers do not have a clue about what technology to implement? And the content writers are waiting for the designers to finish work for them to start their own work.

2.     Select all the relevant technology – ‘Market intelligence, Web design software&Content management system’ to name a few tools.

3.     Competitive Intelligence

The web design team should not simply copy the competitors who are already successful. By this I mean, the workforce should be able to do work that is tailor-made to your products and serviceswhich are ideally at par or even better than your competitors. In case you are a new entrant, copying competitor success may lead to your success but the important thing is to learn from the competitor’s success. Otherwise you may fail even before your competitor fails!

4.     Knowledge and awareness of the workforce

It is good to be able to envision your prospects that can be converted into long-term customers; but it gets better when you have a team that can work by global industry standards and most importantly work according to the need of the day! The need of the day is ‘create the product need in the customer mind-set’. 

5.     Market Research

Market research is one of the most important activities for any business. Before you start a business you should know the market. Market consists of everything that will improve your business. Market consists of Internal (Human resource, Technology, Vision and Mission of the company)and external stakeholders (Compliance, Suppliers, Customers, and Competitors).

6.     Business Plan

Now, after doing market research, we need an operational business plan that will help you to leverage on the available research insights. We may have a vision and mission for the company, but what good is that, if we do not have a business plan that can be executed, to achieve the ‘company vision and mission’.

7.     Monitoring and assessment

After implementing all the activities, it is essential to assess the website user experience and closely monitor it to enhance customer satisfaction. There are various tools that can be used to monitor your own success and factors that are limiting the scope of your success. To mention a few tools – SEO analytics, SEO relevance of content, number of visitors on the website and so on…           


“A channeled focus like this one will help you improve your market research effort and eventually with continuous improvements, develop a better landing page content and an even better landing page navigation for the website, this will consequently  boost online sales”.

Anjali Kalan

Ultrasound Systems Market to 2019

The US Continues to be Largest Market for Ultrasound Systems

The US was the largest market for ultrasound systems in 2012, when it was valued at $1.5 billion. The US market, which accounted for 33% of global revenue in 2011, is highly penetrated and is primarily a replacement market for ultrasound systems. An increasing number of applications, and the adoption of fusion technologies such as Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) guided High Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU), are also expected to be major drivers for future growth.

Technological Advancement, Increased Applications and Device Portability to Drive Future Growth

Technological advancement, an increased number of applications and portability of ultrasound systems are expected to drive future growth. Technological advancements such as 3D/4D imaging, contrast imaging, directional flow imaging, and software applications provide benefits such as enhanced image quality, real time diagnosis, and improved examination of patient. An increasing number of applications such as electrograph, Endoscopic Bronchial Ultrasound (EBUS) and Endoscopic Ultrasound (EUS) due to improved portability are other drivers for future growth.

GBI Research’s “Ultrasound Systems Market to 2019 – Technological advancements, Wide Applications and Device Portability to Drive Future Growth” report examines the market, competitive landscape, and trends for the following two ultrasound systems market segments: color doppler ultrasound systems and B/W ultrasound systems. According to the report, the global ultrasound systems market was valued at $4.6 billion in 2012 and is forecast to increase at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 7%. The future growth of the market is expected to be driven by technological advancements, the development of new imaging technologies such as 3D and 4D ultrasound imaging, an increased number of applications for ultrasound systems, and the penetration of portable and color doppler ultrasound systems into the market. The unfavorable reimbursement scenario in developed economies such as the US and Europe is expected to have a negative impact upon demand during the forecast period.


Published: April’13

Report Price: $3500

(Single User License)

Telephony Application Programmer Interface (API): Ecosystem, Value-chain, Business Models and Market Opportunities

The use of telephony API’s (telecom API) enables data dissemination to third parties over a defined interface, protocols, and procedures.  Telecom networks inherently contain a lot of data for and about users, devices, usage, behaviors, status, and configuration.

Much of the data is unstructured or so called Big Data.  Rather than dealing with a literal sea of data, API’s allow the consuming entity (business, application, etc.) to obtain only the most relevant data and hence realize it as meaningful information.  Telephony APIs capitalize on existing network infrastructure and capabilities to create a vast array of business opportunities for carriers worldwide.

This research evaluates the current market, challenges, opportunities, and future prospects for telephony API based applications and services.  The report analyzes the ecosystem, value-chain and players.  The report includes a SWOT analysis of major telephony API companies.  It also includes an assessment of recent M&A activity along with identification of potential acquisition targets.

This report includes:

  • Telephony API business model analysis
  • Vision for the future of telephony API marketplace
  • Analysis of the role and importance of API aggregators
  • Evaluation of the telephony API marketplace, drivers, and future prospects
  • Analysis of industry M&A including potential acquiring companies and acquisition targets
  • SWOT analysis of major telephony API players including: 2600 Hz, Callfire, Plivo, Tropo, Twilio, Urban Airship, and Voxeo

 Key Findings:

 Core telephony API types are Presence, Location, SDM, and SCM

  • It will become increasingly difficult to remain a pure-play API company
  • The API management/aggregation function s becoming critically import to the industry
  • The telephony API marketplace is undergoing consolidation and will continue through 2016
  • The best API companies are those that differentiate and/or provide a key role in the ecosystem
  • Users of telephony API data are enterprise and technology companies as well as the network operators

Target Audience:

  • API Aggregators
  • Investment Firms
  • Application Developers
  • Mobile Device Vendors
  • Mobile Network Carriers
  • Service Bureau Companies
  • Wireless Infrastructure Vendors
  • Telecom Managed Service Providers

Market Opportunity: Rich Communications Suite (RCS)

Rich Communication Services (RCS) originally marketed by GSMA marks the transition of messaging and voice capabilities from Circuit Switched technology to an all-IP world.  RCS and  Voice over LTE (VoLTE) share the same IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) investment and leverage the same IMS capabilities.

For consumers, RCS has the potential to combine voice and SMS with instant messaging or chat, live video sharing and file transfer across all devices and networks.   For enterprise customers, RCS represents an attractive alternative to the potential free-for-all with Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) as the corporate entity can employ a Corporate Owned and Personally Enabled (COPE) strategy to allow personalization while maintaining their own Corporate Dashboard for their company communications and applications.

The core feature/functionality of RCS is as follows:

Enhanced Phonebook: service capabilities and enhanced contacts information such as presence and service discovery.
Enhanced Messaging: enables a large variety of messaging options including chat, emoticons, location share and file sharing.
Enriched Calls: enables multimedia content sharing during a voice call, video call and video sharing

This research evaluates RCS capabilities and market prospects within the context of market drivers for mobile networks operators, which is primarily the critical need to develop and deploy value-added services (VAS) on top of basic services such as Voice over LTE (VoLTE).    This report analyzes RCS core and future feature/functionality and evaluates RCS use cases and value proposition.

The report also discusses the role and importance of third-parties including the implementation of various API relationships. The report additionally provides the reader with an understanding of the supporting technologies such as Service Delivery Platforms (SDP), IP Multimedia System (IMS), and supporting applications enablers such as presence detection and location determination capabilities.

Key Findings:

RCS will utilize API connections with a variety of third parties to support core features/functionality as well as next generation applications
RCS will enable the implementation and customization of a so-called Corporate Dashboard for enterprise communications and applications
RCS is a critical value-added service (VAS) for mobile network operators to deal with the onslaught of so called over-the-top (OTT) applications
RCS will leverage presence and location to enable Dynamic Address Book (DAB) for a more pleasant and/or productive communications experience
RCS will leverage location, social, and mobile to enable comparative shopping, reference selling, and offers to make buying in the retail store more engaging and rewarding.  

Target Audience:

Mobile network operators
Value-added service providers
Wireless device manufacturers
Telecom infrastructure providers
API providers and management companies
Content providers and commerce companies
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Lubricants Industry to 2017

Developing Markets Expected to Lead Future Demand Growth
The Asia-Pacific region is the largest and fastest growing regional lubricants market worldwide. The region accounted for a share of almost 42% of the global lubricants market in 2012. The Asia-Pacific region is expected to register the highest growth of any region worldwide, to reach 17 million tons, equivalent to a total of 46% of global lubricants consumption of lubricants by 2017, increasing from 15.37 million tons in 2012.    
Recently, Shell announced a number of strategic investment plans. On January 15, 2013, a joint venture between Shell and Hyundai Oil Bank announced plans to construct a new Base Oil Manufacturing Plant (BOMP) in Daesan, South Korea. The plant is expected to be operational in the latter half of 2014 and will produce 650 kilo tons of Group II base oils per year. On November 14, 2012, the company announced plans for the construction of a lubricants blending plant in Indonesia with a capacity of 120,000 tons per year, which will produce a range of high quality consumer, transport, industrial and marine lubricants. The plant is aimed at meeting the strong growth in lubricants demand expected in Indonesia.

GBI Research’s report “Lubricants Industry to 2017 – Developing Markets Expected to Lead Future Demand Growth” provides an in-depth analysis of the global lubricant industry and highlights the various concerns, shifting trends and concerns around the globe. The report provides demand forecasts by market and by product in the automotive, industrial and metalworking industries. Key strategies used by various companies to compete in the global market are also included.
Reasons to Buy:

• Develop business strategies with the help of specific insights about the global lubricant industry

• Identify opportunities and challenges in the global lubricant industry

• Understand the regional markets of the lubricant Industry in terms of the demand of lubricant

• Increase future revenues and profitability with the help of insights into the future opportunities and critical success factors in the global lubricant industry

• Benchmark your operations and strategies against the major players in the global lubricant industry

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