AI, Blockchain, VR and AR: How service providers and platforms are investing for future growth

July 06, 2017  | Subscribers Only

Abel Nevarez Abel Nevarez Research Analyst II, Mobile and Telecoms
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New technologies have the potential to alter entire industries and fundamentally change the business landscape. This report analyses how today’s leading operators and platforms are positioned to take advantage of, or be disrupted by, new technologies. An overview of funding deals and M&A transactions, the report demonstrates investment trends in the new technology space.


  • Internet and software platforms lead AI funding activity
  • Platform-centric companies lead big initiatives to spur development of AI technology
  • Key technology players race to acquire AI technology to remain competitive
  • Immersive technologies position to be the next big computing platform
  • VR/AR firms launch funding initiatives to support emerging technology
  • VR/AR Company profiles: Facebook and Magic Leap make early moves on VR/AR technology
  • Blockchain funding deals peak early in 2014
  • Blockchain attracts significant funding from venture capital firms
  • Mobile operators aim to capitalize early on blockchain activity 

In this report:

  • AI-operator led funding deals
  • AI M&A deals by company
  • VR/AR funding deals by company
  • Blockchain funding deals by country
  • Blockchain/bitcoin operator-led funidng deals

List of tables and charts:

  • Global esports video consumption, 2011-2021
  • Esports viewing by platform, 2016
  • Popular esports genres overview
  • Esports average share of monthly viewers by device on Twitch, 2015
  • BBC iPlayer average share of monthly viewers by device, 2015
  • Selected esports M&A activity
  • Esports solution chain for tier-1 games publishers
  • Esports viewing by region, 2016
  • Esports advertising revenue forecasts, 2016-2021
  • Premium features for esports subscribers
  • Esports video streams' average length by region, 2011-2021

Number of pages: 13

Number of Tables and Charts: 13


Abel Nevarez

Research Analyst II, Mobile and Telecoms

Abel Nevarez covers mobile network infrastructure trends and activity.

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