Global Enterprise Spending on Telecom to Drop 2% in 2016?

Worldwide IT spending is forecast to total $3.49 trillion in 2016, a decline of 0.5 percent over 2015 spending of $3.5 trillion, according to Gartner analysts.

"Most traditional IT now has a 'digital service twin' — license software has cloud software, servers have Infrastructure as a Service, and cellular voice has VoLTE," says  John-David Lovelock, Gartner VP. "Things that once had to be purchased as an asset can now be delivered as a service.”

That can change spending patterns, making them less “lumpy.” In place of stairstep capex, an entity might see a more-linear monthly subscription pattern.
Worldwide IT Spending Forecast (Billions of U.S. Dollars)

2015 Spending
2015 Growth (%)
2016 Spending
2016 Growth (%)
Devices
650
-6.4
626
-3.7
Data Center Systems
171
2.9
175
2.1
Software
308
-1.9
321
4.2
IT Services
910
-4.7
929
2.1
Communications Services
1,470
-8.4
1,441
-2.0
Overall IT
3,509
-6.0
3,492
-0.5

The device market will decline 3.7 percent in 2016. 

ommunications service spending will dip two percent, with global spending reaching $1.4 trillion, Gartner estimates. If IT spending captures the bulk of buisness spending on communications, then it appears--at an aggregate level--that business spending on communications will fall in 2016.
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