TMT Predictions
The Deloitte Predictions for the Technology, Media and Telecommunications (TMT) sector have been informing strategic decision makers for over 15 years. The 2017 edition once again highlights significant trends that look set to impact many, if not all, businesses in the near future.
The machine learning revolution: technology predictions 2017
Machine learning is fascinating as it will revolutionise how we conduct simple tasks like translating content, but it also has major opportunities in healthcare.

Deloitte predicts that fatalities from Belgian road accidents could fall by up to 470 a year by 2022.

Machine learning on millions of mobiles Deloitte predicts that over 300 million smartphones sold in 2017 will have on-board neural network machine learning capability. The technology will also be implemented in other mobile devices including drones, cars, medical tools and Internet of Things devices.

“Machine learning is fascinating as it will revolutionise how we conduct simple tasks like translating content, but it also has major opportunities in healthcare,” said Vincent Fosty, Deloitte Belgium’s TMT industry leader. Machine learning helps devices become faster, more secure, and less reliant on a continuous internet connection.
Automatic emergency braking makes roads safer Deloitte predicts that fatalities from Belgian road accidents could fall by up to 470 a year by 2022, with adoption of automatic emergency braking (AEB) technologies. Cameras, radar and lasers allow AEB systems to react to hazards within milliseconds, cutting impact speed significantly, or even preventing it entirely. In Belgium, 64% of deadly accidents occur at high speeds.
Biometric security breaks through the billion
The number of fingerprint reader equipped devices in use looks set to reach one billion in early 2017. Used mainly to unlock smartphones and tablets, it’s anticipated that a growing number of apps and websites will adopt the technology. While early readers could be fooled relatively easily, the latest fingerprint readers are reported to be much more robust. “There is a market of about 1 million Belgians using fingerprint technology,” said Fosty. “The challenge now is to determine which additional applications could use fingerprint readers and other biometric inputs.”
DDoS attacks to keep getting bigger Distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks, where massive amounts of junk data bombard a website or device, will become increasingly powerful. Organisations reliant on the internet should remain alert to this threat and be aware of the range of options to mitigate the impact of an attack.
TV advertising to remain flat Because older people are watching slightly more TV and don’t use ad skipping, advertising revenues in the US are predicted to remain stable. Fosty said: “Similar trends are visible in Belgium, but the media industry will need to think about how advertisements can remain appealing to millennials who watch half of the content on-demand.”
The 5G communication revolution builds momentum Significant steps towards the launch of 5G networks are anticipated in 2017. In Belgium, the arrival of the fifth generation of cellular networks will be preceded by 4.5G, where operators will acquaint users with significant features of 5G, such as higher speeds, lower latency and support for low-power IoT devices. “Next generation wireless for Belgium means higher speeds to handsets, fixed wireless access, and better Internet of Things connectivity. And although Belgians watch about the same amount of TV as in the past, the demographics are changing, and with them the ad market is going to shift.” Duncan Stewart, Director of Research, TMT
Pay-as-you-go IT becomes increasingly popular
By late 2018, spending on IT-as-a-service is predicted to approach $550 billion globally. This reflects the growing trend away from organisations owning hardware and software, preferring the flexibility and economies of the pay for what you get approach. This has implications for finance, as one-time expense being replaced by recurring payments.
Have we reached peak tablet? Tablet sales in 2017 are predicted to be 10% down on 2016. Belgian consumers of all ages are showing a distinct preference for TVs, smartphones and laptops.
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Vincent Fosty,
TMT Industry Leader