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Avnet reports European growth in components

Avnet's Q2 results need careful analysis as they include the acquired Premier Farnell business in Europe and have to allow for the pending transfer of Avnet TS to Tech Data this year.

Avnet began reporting the TS business as a discontinued operation in the first quarter of fiscal 2017 and prior periods have been adjusted for comparability.

Global VoLTE connections set to hit 3.33 billion in 2021

The number of VoLTE connections will grow to 3.33 billion by 2021, according to the latest research from Ovum.

VoLTE currently stands at just 324 million connections, but by 2021 the technology will have penetrated 53% of total cellular subscriptions worldwide.

Cisco still ranked market leader as cloud and hosted redefines markets

Across seven key enterprise infrastructure segments vendor revenues for the last four quarters declined by 1% on an annualised basis, claims Synergy Research Group.

Aggregate revenues for the last four quarters reached $88bn, with revenue in each of the last 12 quarters typically in the $20-23bn range.

3D printer shipments up 25%

Worldwide shipments of 3D printers rose +25% in the first three quarters of 2016 thanks again to shipments of low priced personal/desktop 3D printers, according to figures from researcher Context.

Workplace mobile device adoption not yet mature

Mobile device adoption in the workplace is not yet mature, found a recent survey from Gartner. Although 80 per cent of workers surveyed received one or more corporate issued devices, desktops are still the most popular corporate device among businesses, with more than half of workers receiving corporate issued desktop PCs.

Why Broadcom bagged Brocade

Broadcom's purchase of Brocade will further consolidate the chip and data centre systems markets and heighten competition in next-generation workloads says Krista Macomber, Senior Analyst at researcher TBR.

Global PBX/IP PBX market slowdown continues

The global Call Control (PBX/IP PBX) extensions and licenses market (excluding Micro PBX products) in the calendar year (CY) Q2 2016 continued to follow the expected downward trend and fell by 2% year-on-year, reports MZA.

Rise of the machines driven by cloud

The technologies defining the Fourth Industrial Revolution, more commonly referred to as Industry 4.0, are being powered by cloud infrastructures, according to The Oracle Cloud: Opening up the Road to Industry 4.0 report.

The document states that from robotics to artificial intelligence, businesses view the cloud as a blank canvas upon which to build their innovation strategies.

Businesses urged to act over crypto-ransomware

With crypto-ransomware's staying power, businesses must be proactive, writes Sean Sullivan, Security Advisor, F-Secure.

Report confirms decline of traditional fixed and mobile services

A new report from benchmark-it (UK Enterprise Segment Communications Service Providers) finds that service providers focused on traditional fixed and mobile services for business customers are losing share as revenues decline.

Report author Rob Pritchard said: "Players that do not focus on the cloud, next-generation services and managed solutions are losing out."

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