The Bureau of Communications Research (BCR) has released a report on the communications sector: recent trends and developments. The report provides an overview of the sector’s impact and influence as a critical enabler of economic and social activity in Australia.

17 October 2016

The Bureau of Communications Research’s (BCR), The communications sector: recent trends and developments report provides an overview of the sector’s impact and influence as a critical enabler of economic and social activity in Australia.

Providing a framework for considering changes in the communications sector, the report also identifies the technological developments driving its transformation, how consumers are responding and the consequent impact on activity in the sector.

Key findings from the report

  • The report discusses three main developments that are affecting the sector, including the merging of media content and communications technology; the increasing ubiquity of online platforms; and the emergence of over-the-top (OTT) services, such as Netflix and Stan.
  • In turn consumers are, now more than ever, demanding connectivity and content with ease and speed. As at December 2015 there were 1.16 mobile services per person. This is also impacting on the sector. For example, while telecommunications remains dominant—accounting for around half of the sector’s output—OTT services are increasingly challenging traditional broadcasters.
  •  Looking over the horizon, the report identifies a range of developments that will impact the sector in the near future, including the internet of things, 5G, virtual/augmented reality, blockchain, bots and eSIMS.

Download the full report: the communications sector: recent trends and developments