India set to enter an era of revolution in live sports, AVOD, and 5G: Deloitte's 2023 TMT Predictions

As per the report, Indian sports market is estimated to touch $100 billion by 2027 from $27 billion in 2020, a CAGR of over 20%, or about twice as fast as the global sports market

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India set to enter an era of revolution in live sports, AVOD, and 5G: Deloitte's 2023 TMT Predictions

India is set to emerge as a major player in the 5G revolution, live sports, and AVOD with private deployment networks likely to take off in a big way during 2025-2028 period, according to Deloitte’s 2023 TMT (Technology, Media, and Entertainment, Telecom) predictions. 

The report also delves into India’s growing importance as a semiconductor and chip manufacturing hub.

The sector-wise predictions are:

Media sector prediction: Live sports

According to Deloitte’s analysis, the Indian sports market is estimated to touch $100 billion by 2027 from $27 billion in 2020, a CAGR of over 20%, which is about twice as fast as the global sports market. Deloitte predicts that the success of new talent in sports and government initiatives will accelerate the growth of diverse sports in India.

Additionally, the rising popularity of NFTs, merchandise and IP-related sports commerce among sports persons and fans, especially Gen Zs, is expected to benefit a diverse range of sports. 

Furthermore, while television will remain to be relevant, digital will roar, and ad pricing may witness slow growth or even a plateau. However, an increasing focus on the sports infrastructure ecosystem, sports commerce, and international sports are some trends that will remain steady in the Indian sports market.

Jehil Thakkar, Partner, Media and Entertainment Sector Leader, Deloitte India, said, “This year’s prediction brings in the trend of live sports' increasing value with each new season. A key reason for that is the rising interest in allied consumer monetisation models in every country, such as fantasy sports apps, NFTs, and social media revenue.”

“As the Indian sports market grows, it is essential to keep an eye on digital growth and infrastructure development, given that the Indian sports market is predicted to grow twice as quickly as compared with global markets.” He further said, “This year’s 2023 TMT predictions also highlight how the Indian entertainment industry has embraced the OTT ecosystem with open arms, leading to a surge in hybrid models. The hybrid model offers a balancing act, providing access to a high-monetisation user base and a wider audience that may eventually convert into monetisable users.”

Telecom sector prediction: 5G’s promised land finally to arrive

The economic impact of 5G is driven by cross-sector contributions leading to productivity and efficiency gains through the deployment of 5G use cases across industries.

The growth of 5G Standalone (SA) networks is expected to witness and further accelerate private network deployment. Satellite companies are also at the forefront of innovation in communication technology, developing next-generation, powerful, high-throughput Ka-band satellites, increasing coverage area and utilising cutting-edge technologies for secure connections. 

Peeyush Vaish, Partner and Telecom Sector Leader, Deloitte India, said, “India's push towards advancing its telecom and data center infrastructure, coupled with the availability of a multitude of approaches for private network deployment, presents a great opportunity for enterprises to utilise edge computing and 5G technology to enhance their operations, agility, and competitiveness.”

According to Deloitte’s assessment, as the 5G private network ecosystem continues to evolve, stakeholders need to collaborate and create India-centric use cases that demonstrate the technology's impact across industry verticals. “The potential benefits of 5G private networks in sectors, such as manufacturing, retail, agriculture, transportation, and health care cannot be ignored. It is time for Indian enterprises to explore the possibilities and take a leap in their digital transformation journey."

Technology sector prediction – an exciting time for India’s semiconductor industry

Deloitte predicts the Indian semiconductor market to reach $55 billion by 2026 with more than 60% of the market being driven by three industries—smartphones and wearables, automotive components, and computing and data storage.

With growing demand, the industry is poised to play an important role in enhancing the global value chain, as it will expand to a market size of $85 billion and generate employability for 600,000 by 2030.

“The semiconductor chip shortage over the past two years has amplified the importance of this industry and exposed the underlying risks in the value chain, owing to geopolitical threats, fluctuating demand from original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), natural disasters, and economic sanctions. These factors, however, also present a unique opportunity for India, positioning it as the next big manufacturing destination. Driven by key factors including an increase in semiconductor content, the advent of 5G and IoT, and data storage requirements, the sector will also attract investment, talent, and bi-lateral relations focusing on supply chain, resilience, and localisation setting in India,” said PN Sudarshan, Partner and TMT Industry Leader, Deloitte India.

He added, “The ambitious proposal from the Government of India (GOI) regarding the Production Linked Incentive (PLI) and Design Linked Incentive (DLI) package is expected to attract investments and establish India as a centre for semiconductor manufacturing. We anticipate market and portfolio, manufacturing, R&D, and talent as the dimensions for growth prospects by 2026.”

Other highlights include:

1. India’s rendezvous with satellite broadband: India reached the highest wireless data consumption per user in the world with average monthly wireless data consumption per user reaching 16.4GB in 2022. Deloitte predicts that this figure is going to triple to 54GB per month by 2028. Additionally, it also projects India's satellite broadband service market size to reach $1.9 billion by 2030, at a CAGR of 36%.

2. 5G standalone networks can transform enterprise connectivity: The economic impact of 5G could potentially be $450 billion by 2040, driven by cross-sector contributions for productivity and efficiency gains through 5G use case deployment across industries. Telcos are expanding their 5G reach at a commendable pace, extending their enterprise connectivity and private network-based offerings. In addition, a multitude of approaches available in India for the deployment of private networks, and the existence of both stand-alone and non-stand-alone modes, will drive the proliferation and adoption of 5G private networks.

3. M&A in Software-as-a-Service and agri-tech enterprises would be the theme of deal activities in 2023: Heading into 2023, funding and M&A activity in India are expected to gather steam and ramp up substantially. While the deal flow in gaming M&A is likely to accelerate globally, M&A activities in the Indian gaming industry could be limited, owing to regulatory challenges and social norms.  

4. Balancing content and cost-effectiveness: AVOD revenues in India grew much faster than in developed markets, as customers were willing to opt for the flexibility to watch content across multiple platforms at a lower price. OTT accounts for 7-9% of the overall media and entertainment industry, and this share will continue to accelerate in the foreseeable future. In addition, India’s OTT market revenue was about $2.35 billion in 2022 and is expected to reach almost $5.3 billion by 2027. SVOD revenue is expected to grow at a CAGR of 19% to reach $2.9 billion in 2027 from $1.2 billion in 2022.

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