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Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) Forecasts 3.1 Percent Loss for ICT Industry in 2009

First Overall Decline TIA Has Ever Predicted, but Recovery to Begin in 2010 as Broadband Stimulus Funds Are Injected Into Economy

Washington, D.C. â For the first time in its 23 years of forecasting for the information and communications technology (ICT) industry, the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) is projecting a 3.1 percent decline in revenue for the overall global ICT market in 2009 due to global economic conditions. In the U.S., revenue will suffer a 5.5 percent decline in 2009.

At a press conference held today, TIA released the 2009 ICT Market Review & Forecast, TIA’s annual market intelligence report filled with data and analysis. (Watch a Webcast recording that includes the narrated presentation and a question and answer session.)

While revenue will remain weak in 2010, with a modest 1.2 percent increase, the longer-term outlook is much brighter. Globally, TIA projects a strong rebound for the ICT industry after 2010, citing a 6.4 percent revenue growth in 2011 and a 7.9 percent increase in 2012.

For the U.S., telecommunications revenue is expected to decrease by 6.4 percent in the next two years, but rebound by 14.4 percent during 2011-12. The effects of the current Stimulus Package, which carves out investment dollars for broadband, will enable growth throughout the ICT industry and beyond.

“Broadband will be a driver for recovery in all areas, from healthcare IT to smart grid technology, public safety networks to education, as well as for businesses and consumers,” said Grant Seiffert, TIA President. “While TIA was instrumental in obtaining the $7.2 billion for broadband, other funding for energy, health IT and R&D will also spur recovery, especially in reviving some of the hundreds of thousands of jobs lost recently. The sum of increased productivity and revenue amongst all other industry segments whose growth broadband deployment contributes to is often underrated and perhaps immeasurable.”

Growing demand for high-volume data applications is driving all segments, say the independent, unbiased analysts at Wilkofsky Gruen Associates who help to develop the Market Review & Forecast. Despite the recession, TIA predicts that wireless and business data revenue will grow by 73 percent during the next four years to $110 billion in 2012 from $64 billion in 2008.

Further analysis shows that economic recovery during 2011-12 will be driven by pent-up demand for equipment upgrades. Growth in data traffic will strain network capacity and stimulate investment; availability of financing will fuel investment; and broadband growth will expand the platform for VoIP and IPTV.

Recognizing that comprehensive market intelligence is more critical than ever for ICT companies positioning themselves to survive — and thrive â when the economy begins to rebound, TIA is offering an interactive version of the Market Review & Forecast as part of the new TIA Market Intelligence Service. TelecomTV is collaborating with TIA in offering the new online service, augmented by value-adds such as news updates, webinars, industry analyses and more.

TIA’s 2009 ICT Market Review & Forecast includes:

Detailed activities and metrics from prior years

Projections, trends and anticipated performance for short-term (upcoming year) and mid-term (3-5 years out)

The target audience includes equipment manufacturers, service providers, software vendors, content providers and the media. Sectors covered in the publication include:




Network equipment



Data transport

Internet access

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About TIA

The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) represents the global information and communications technology (ICT) industry through standards development, advocacy, tradeshows, business opportunities, market intelligence and world-wide environmental regulatory analysis. With roots dating back to 1924, TIA enhances the business environment for broadband, mobile wireless, information technology, networks, cable, satellite and unified communications. Members’ products and services empower communications in every industry and market, including healthcare, education, security, public safety, transportation, government, the military, the environment and entertainment. TIA co-owns the SUPERCOMMÂ tradeshow and is accredited by the Ame! rican National Standards Institute (ANSI). Visit

TIA’s Board of Directors includes senior-level executives from ACS, ADC, ADTRAN, Alcatel-Lucent, ANDA Networks, ArrayComm, AttivaCorp, Avaya, Bechtel Communications, Inc., Cisco Systems, Corning Incorporated, Ericsson, Inc., GENBAND, Inc., Graybar, Henkels & McCoy, ILS Technology, Intel Corporation, Intersect, Inc., LGE, Microsoft, Motorola, Nokia Siemens Networks, Nortel, Panasonic Computer Solutions Co., Qualcomm, Research In Motion, Sumitomo Electric Lightwave Corporation, Tellabs, Tyco Electronics, Ulticom, Inc., and Verari Systems. Advisors to the Board include FAL Associates, Orca Systems and Telcordia Technologies.

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Governor Rendell Says PA Still Seeks Public Input on Federal Broadband Stimulus Funds

Governor Rendell Says PA Still Seeks Public Input on Federal Broadband Stimulus Funds

Public Meetings to Be Held in Harrisburg, Bedford and Philadelphia; Written Comments Also Welcomed

HARRISBURG, Pa., May 20 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — There is still time for the public to offer input on how Pennsylvania can best use federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds to deploy broadband throughout the state, Governor Edward G. Rendell said today.

Three public meetings are scheduled between now and Wednesday, June 3, said the Governor, who also noted that written comments may be submitted, as well.

“Ready access to high-speed, broadband Internet gives businesses an essential edge in today’s highly competitive economic climate,” Governor Rendell said. “High-speed Internet is a critical element for our businesses to compete in global markets and for our students to compete for the very best jobs.

“The federal broadband stimulus funds will add to the aggressive strategy Pennsylvania already has in place. By putting Pennsylvania citizens in the driver’s seat we are ensuring that these supplementary funds are being utilized to their fullest potential.”

The statewide outreach sessions are designed to share information with local leaders, businesses, citizens and economic development organizations about the available opportunities with federal broadband stimulus money. Additionally, the meetings will discuss unserved/underserved areas, broadband to public safety agencies, eligible applicants, and the needs of communities and businesses.

The Office of Administration and the Department of Community and Economic Development are hosting the meetings. The stimulus funds will be distributed through two federal agencies: the Department of Commerce National Telecommunication and Information Administration and the Department of Agriculture Rural Utilities services.

Governor Rendell has committed to ensuring that the public is able to monitor and provide feedback on how federal recovery dollars are being used by providing news, up-to-date information and regular reports at

The Rendell administration is committed to creating a first-rate public education system, protecting our most vulnerable citizens and continuing economic investment to support our communities and businesses. To find out more about Governor Rendell’s initiatives and to sign up for his weekly newsletter, visit

EDITORS NOTE: The sessions are scheduled at the dates, times and locations listed below. If you are interested in participating in the meetings, but are unable to attend at the given time, written comments can be sent to the addresses included below:

Central PA

Tuesday, May 26, 4 p.m. - 6 p.m.

WITF Public Media Center

4801 Lindle Road


RSVP to or by phone at 717-635-2172

Comments can be sent to the following address no later than May 19:

Technology Council of Central PA

415 Market St., Suite 201

Harrisburg, PA 17101


Wednesday, May 27, 4 p.m. - 6 p.m.

Heartland Hall Conference Center

5564 Business 220

Bedford PA 15522

RSVP to or by phone at 814-949-6740

Comments can be sent to the following address no later than May 20:

Southern Alleghenies Planning and Development Commission

541 58th St.

Altoona, PA 16602


Wednesday, June 3, 3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

National Constitution Center

525 Arch St. on Independence Mall, 2nd Floor

Kirby Auditorium, Philadelphia, PA

RSVP to Joe Certaine at or by phone at 215-560-2640

Comments can be sent to the following address no later than May 29:

Governor’s Southeast Regional Office

200 S. Broad St., 11th Floor

Philadelphia, PA 19102


Jamie Fulginiti (DCED)


Barry Ciccocioppo


SOURCE Pennsylvania Office of the Governor

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