Articles List

Articles List

WTI and Brent to trade near parity throughout 2015

WTI and Brent will trade near parity throughout 2015, as infrastructural debottlenecking in the US and increased integration with global oil markets brings the North American benchmark closer in line with international prices.

Mobile company BlackBerry still an acquisition target

Despite its dwindling share in the consumer space, BlackBerry retains a number of assets that make the company an attractive acquisition target. Samsung may be looking to alter its strategy and focus on external deals to revive its declining growth prospects.

Tablets will be the top seller in South Africa's PC market

Tablets will be the fastest selling device in the South African PC market over the five years to 2019. Rapidly rising demand for tablet devices is underpinned by intensifying price competition between vendors and the greater affordability of tablets and mobile Internet connections, compared to notebooks, desktop PCs and wireline broadband services.

Higher pay-TV multi-play prices reflect investment outlook in the Netherlands

BMI View: The higher multi-play package prices set by UPC and Ziggo reflect the rising costs of content acquisition and infrastructure deployment, a key issue for converged service providers in most markets. However, the Dutch regulator should closely monitor these companies' future price increases as their proposed merger leaves them in a position to dictate market conditions and investment strategies

Zero-rated mobile plans provide a short-term fix for UAE internet uptake

The launch of zero-rated plans may offer short-term relief for operators in developing markets to improve data attachment rates, but they can also lead to the commoditisation of advanced data networks. Operators and regulators in emerging markets must ensure that walled gardens do not characterise consumer's interactions with the Internet.

Drugmakers To Continue Overseas Expansion

Internationalisation will become a critical element in the business strategies of South Korean drugmakers due to pricing controls in the domestic market and the strong commercial opportunities in developing economies. We highlight the importance of emerging markets in South Korea's expansion strategy as the strong role of generic medicines in these countries play to the strengths of many Korean drug portfolios, while the more lenient regulatory environment allows for the rapid commercialisation of products.