Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited, commonly referred to as Deloitte, is a UK-incorporated multinational professional services firm with operational headquarters in New York City in the United States. Deloitte is one of the “Big Four” accounting firms and the largest professional services network in the world by revenue and number of professionals. Deloitte provides audit, tax, consulting, enterprise risk and financial advisory services with more than 244,400 professionals globally.
For the last 16 years Deloitte have published their TMT (Technology, Media and Telecommunications) predictions. Their 2017 predictions are summarised below:
1: The active base of fingerprint reader-equipped devices will top 1 billion for the first time in early 2017. Each active sensor will be used an average of 30 times a day over 10 trillion times a year, 90% of devices will be smartphones and tablets.
2: One terabit/s Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack per month, and over 10 million attacks during the year.
3: In 2017 over 300million smartphones (more than a fifth of units sold) will have on-board neural network machine-learning capabilities, allowing smartphones to perform machine-learning tasks even when not connected to a network.
4: By 2022 a sixth of the US cars and light trucks will be equipped with automatic emergency braking (AEB), technology that can enable the vehicle to react to an obstacle in 1-2 milliseconds and contribute to an annual reduction in deaths in US motor vehicle deaths of 6,000.
5: Over 200 mobile networks will include elements of 5G network architecture in 2017, found among upgraded 4G networks, providing a steady progression to the full launch of 5G in 2020.
6: By 2022 at least a quarter of human and machine use of digital navigation will include or exclusively be indoors, aided by growing Wi-Fi hotspots, dense cellular networks, beacons, etc.
7: In 2017 US TV advertising revenue will be the same as 2016, at $72 billion, or almost a third of global TV ad revenues.
8: 2017 sales of tablets will be fewer than 165 million units, 10% less than the 182 million units sold in 2016, as smartphones get bigger and laptops become lighter, the gap between the two is being squeezed.
9: In 2017 sales of vinyl records will approach $1billion, mostly from new records, but also from used discs and record players.
10: By the end of 2018, spending on IT as-a-service will be $547billion worldwide, an increase of over 50% on 2016.