TMT Predictions 2016

Explore what's ahead in Technology, Media, and Telecoms

Deloitte’s annual Technology, Media & Telecommunications (TMT) Predictions identify key developments over the next 12-18 months that are likely to have significant impact on companies in the TMT space and other industries.


    The award for stable box office revenues in the face of digital media goes to…

    Deloitte Global predicts that the value of movie theater admissions in the US and Canada will fall by about three percent in 2016, to about $10.6 billion, with about 1.3 billion tickets sold. Read more about this prediction.


    Mobile games: leading but less lucrative

    Deloitte Global predicts that in 2016 mobile (smartphone and tablet) will become the leading games platform by software revenue, generating $35 billion in revenue up 20 percent from 2015. This compares to $32 billion for PC games and $28 billion for console games. Read more of this prediction now.


    Photo sharing: trillions and rising

    Deloitte Global predicts that in 2016, 2.5 trillion photos will be shared or stored online, a 15 percent increase on the prior year. About three-quarters of this total will likely be shared, and the remainder backed up online. Read more now.


    VoLTE / VoWiFi — capacity, reach, and capability

    Deloitte Global predicts about 100 carriers worldwide will be offering at least one packet-based voice service at the end of 2016, double the amount year-on-year, and six times higher than at the beginning of 2015. Read more of this prediction now.


    Touch Commerce: the mobile online checkout gets an express lane

    Deloitte Global predicts that in 2016, the number of individuals who use a third party touch-based payment service to make a purchase on their mobile devices (smartphones and tablets) should increase 150 percent, to reach 50 million regular users. Read more about this prediction.


    Women in IT jobs: it is about education, but also about more than just education

    Deloitte Global predicts that by the end of 2016 fewer than 25 percent of information technology (IT) jobs in developed countries will be held by women, i.e. women working in IT roles. Read more about this prediction.


    Virtual reality (VR): a billion dollar niche

    Deloitte Global predicts that virtual reality (VR) will have its first billion dollar year in 2016, with about $700 million in hardware sales, and the remainder from content. We expect the vast majority of commercial activity to focus on video games. Read more about this prediction.


    Used smartphones: the $17 billion market you may never have heard of

    Deloitte predicts that in 2016 consumers will sell outright or trade-in approximately 120 million used smartphones generating more than $17 billion for their owners, at an average value of $140 per device. Read more of this prediction.


    The rise of the data exclusive

    Deloitte Global predicts that in 2016, 26 percent of smartphone users in developed markets will not make any traditional phone calls in a given week. We call these individuals ‘data exclusives’. Read more of this prediction now.


    Mobile ad-blockers: saved by the app?

    Deloitte Global predicts a mere 0.3 percent of all mobile device owners (comprising smartphones and tablets) will use an ad-blocker by the end of 2016. This is likely to put less than $100 million (0.1 percent) of the $70 billion mobile advertising market at risk. Read more on this prediction.


    Graphene: research now, reap next decade

    Deloitte predicts the total value of the graphene materials market in 2016 is likely to be in the low tens of millions of dollars, which is less than an hour’s projected revenues from smartphone sales. Graphene has a combination of tensile, electrical, thermal, and optical properties. Read more now.


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