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AR and VR headsets return to growth

Sales of augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) headsets saw an upturn in Q1 2019, following a year of decline. According to IDC, shipments of the headsets reached 1.3 million, up 27.2% from the same quarter last year.  This growth is thanks to a surge in shipments of standalone head-mounted displays (HMDs) and tethered […]

Telecom services and pay TV hit US$1.6 trillion in 2018

Worldwide spending on telecom services and pay TV services totalled US$1.6 trillion (€1.4 trillion) in 2018, an increase of 0.8% year over year, according to the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Telecom Services Database. IDC says that it expects that figure to be topped by 2023, with worldwide spending predicted to reach US$1,657 billion (€1,479 billion) in […]

IDC: VR headset returns to growth after four quarters of decline

The virtual reality headset market returned to growth in Q3 2018 after four consecutive quarters of decline and now makes up 97% of the combined VR and AR device market, according to IDC. The research firm said that global shipments for VR headsets reached 1.9 million units in the third quarter, up 8.2% year-on-year, as […]

IDC: global pay TV and telecom service revenues to grow 0.6% this year

Worldwide spending on telecom and pay TV services will increase by 0.6% in 2018 in constant dollar terms to reach US$1.65 trillion, according to the IDC Worldwide Telecom Services Database. Although IDC reported a “notable decrease in the growth rate” compared to the 1.2% recorded in 2017, it attributed this to new accounting rules that […]

IDC: global VR headset shipments drop by a third in Q2

Virtual reality headset shipments took a “sharp decline” year-on-year in Q2 2018, though the outlook for the market remains positive, according to IDC. The research firm’s ‘Worldwide Quarterly Augmented and Virtual Reality Headset Tracker’ recorded a 33.7% drop in global headset shipments in the second quarter but predicted this to be a “temporary setback as […]

IDC: VR and AR shipments to return to growth in 2018

Virtual and augmented reality headset shipments will return to growth in 2018 and reach 68.9 million units globally in 2022, according to International Data Corporation (IDC). The research firm said that although the VR and AR headset market retreated in 2017 – primarily due to a decline in shipments in screenless VR viewers – it […]

IDC: VR has suffered from ‘unrealistic expectations’

Virtual reality has suffered from “unrealistic growth expectations” but the market is still expanding at a “reasonable rate”, according to research firm IDC. The company’s latest ‘Worldwide Quarterly Augmented and Virtual Reality Headset Tracker’ estimates that the the combined virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) headset market will reach 13.7 million units in 2017. […]

VR and AR headset shipments up 25% in Q2

Worldwide shipments of virtual and augmented reality headsets grew 25.5% year-over-year in the second quarter, according to new research. The IDC report said that shipments reached 2.1 million in Q2, down slightly sequentially, but up compared to a year earlier. It also said it that recent price cuts on existing products and planned new product […]

VR and AR headset shipments to grow ten-fold

Virtual and augmented reality headset shipments will grow nearly ten-fold between 2016 and 2021 according to research firm IDC. The International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Augmented and Virtual Reality Headset Tracker claims that total headset device shipments will reach 99.4 million units in 2021, up from 10.1 million in 2016. This represents a compound […]