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Tech, Media, & Telecom (TMT) Themes 2022 – Thematic Research

The pandemic has changed the world, and the future is uncertain. COVID-19 has transformed our lives forever. Technology will play a vital role as the global economy recovers from the pandemic. Businesses must push ahead with digital transformation projects to survive.

Within the TMT sector, the best performing sectors over the last two years were semiconductors, gaming, telecom infrastructure and enterprise security.

What are the key themes involved in tech, media, and telecoms industry?

Artificial Intelligence: AI gives machines the ability to learn and improve from data, and it is one of consumer IoT’s primary enablers AI is becoming increasingly important in the hearables market, thanks to the integration of conversational platforms and enabling features such as sound enhancement, which improves sound quality and assists hard-of hearing users. In 2022, AI in IT infrastructure will get more comprehensive and more embedded in infrastructure operations. More AI suggestions on actions to correct faults and automation will also come to IT infrastructure.

The future of work:

The COVID-19 pandemic has given businesses an unprecedented opportunity to implement profound changes to the way they work. After disrupting supply chains, COVID-19 marked a point of no return for manufacturing. Technology will play an increasingly prominent role in building resilience. Technologies that are likely to receive increased investment include robotics, cloud and edge computing, 3D printing, and digital twins. The future of work will shape factories and offices—both will be more connected and use various digital technologies. COVID19 has accelerated this transition, and many workspaces now include technologies such as cloud, collaboration tools, robotics, robotic process automation (RPA), augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR), and wearable devices.

Digital media:

In the short term, consumer electronics will continue to be highly influenced by the digital media industry, which provides the content that we consume on electronic devices. 2022 will see a growing debate about what exactly the metaverse is and when it will develop to become the ultimate experience and a diversion from a stressful and limited nonvirtual world. Developments in subscription video on demand (SVOD), gaming, and music streaming are critical to the consumer electronics sector. The trend towards moving content online and to the cloud is not going anywhere. Audio and video streaming are unlikely to change dramatically in the coming years. Social media is now fueled by sharing and interacting with digital media. 

Environmental, social and governance (ESG):

COVID-19 has been a catalyst for ESG, and many ecommerce companies are taking action, especially on environmental concerns. Investment in sustainable practices not only addresses climate change but could also help companies cut costs, for example, by reducing single-use packaging. As Generation Hashtag rises through the ranks of the global workforce, their influence will only increase, forcing ecommerce companies to be more aware of their outward facing behavior and develop efforts to meet ESG goals. All three ESG factors have a major impact on consumer electronics, not least environmental sustainability, because of its high carbon footprint. Companies like Alphabet, Microsoft, and Sony are exploring renewable energy alternatives to fossil fuel-based electricity used in their data centers. 

Demographics:

Anyone born between 1991 and 2005 is a member of Generation Hashtag, the social media generation. This demographic are digital natives, connected via online environments for all aspects of daily life. Of all of the major events that have taken place since this generation was born, the COVID-19 pandemic is likely to be the defining experience that shapes how they view the world, pursue opportunities, and confront obstacles.

Regulation:

Regulations are a constant threat to game companies worldwide. Changes in policies for approving new games and limiting playtime for minors are major threats to gaming companies in Asian markets. In the West, in-app revenue models frequently attract regulatory scrutiny, as they tend to blur the gap between gaming and gambling Regulation will continue to be a disruptive threat to gaming companies for the foreseeable future. All gaming companies are at risk of being impacted by upcoming regulations around in-app monetization.

With companies storing vast amounts of personal data, cyberattacks and data breaches pose a huge threat to modern businesses. Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is perhaps the best-known example. The US is following Europe’s lead, introducing regulations like the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA). 

Connectivity:

Workers in industrial settings already commonly use eye protection, to which connectivity and features such as augmented reality (AR) can be added. Enterprises continue to move applications to the cloud, with remote working accelerating connectivity to cloud infrastructure. Cloud security has kept up with cloud developments. An increase in 5G adoption has created growing opportunities around smart manufacturing. For low latency connectivity, a key technology is multi-access edge computing (MEC), which converges network, computing, storage, security, and application capabilities and delivers them seamlessly at the edge.

Future Mobility:

According to Infineon, an electric vehicle (EV) carries, on average, $834 of silicon content compared to half that for an internal combustion engine vehicle (ICE). In 2022, EV Battery Ownership Model (BOM) costs will increase as higher semiconductor prices meet higher battery prices due to a surge in battery material prices. This could raise EV prices and marginally affect consumer demand.

Autonomous vehicles will disrupt the consumer electronics sector because they can increase infotainment consumption. Automobile makers and tech companies have been increasing efforts to develop self-driving cars. However, autonomous vehicles (AVs) are a prime target for cybercriminals with malicious intent. 2022 will see further work done to prevent attacks on autonomous vehicles.

IT Infrastructure:

IT Infrastructure vendors have been buffeted by the winds of change from COVID-19-related supply chain woes, climate change, and geopolitical concerns. Additionally, the pace of technological change has continued to ramp up, with AI, new security concerns, and edge computing. The programmability of IT infrastructure is growing, from the burgeoning high-performance computing market down to the average data center. The need is two-pronged, with programmability to enable software definition and agility of IT infrastructure and enable control by AI for operations and security. In 2022, AI in IT infrastructure will get more comprehensive and more embedded in infrastructure operations.

Internet of Things:

IoT is a broad category, and IT infrastructure vendor participation is largely based around edge computing security, and networking. Enterprises need to ensure that IoT devices are accounted for and apply appropriate security. Over the next few years, tens of billions of embedded, connected computers will create the next internet. The IoT will morph into the AI-powered internet of everything. The IoT will change the shape and dynamics of the semiconductor industry. IoT relates directly to two fast-growing consumer electronics segments, wearable tech and automated home, but its impact is felt across the entire industry. That is because IoT relies on scale; the more connected devices there are and the more they interact with each other, the more beneficial adoption becomes. IoT expansion in consumer electronics is directly linked to how the industry addresses security and lack of interoperability.

This report is a thematic analysis of the top themes in tech, media, and telecoms industry. It provides:

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  • This report covers 16 TMT sectors, divide into four categories: hardware, software and services, internet and media, and telecoms. For each sector, we provide the cumulative share price performance since the beginning of the pandemic of a selection of companies that we believe are bellwethers for this sector, along with our thematic scorecards. These scorecards are made up of four screens: the company screen, thematic screen, valuation screen, and risk screen.

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Key Players

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AAC Technologies

ABB

Accenture

Accton

Acer

Activision Blizzard

Adobe

Adtran

Advanced Info Service

Airbnb

Aixtron

Akamai

Alarm.com

Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise

Alibaba

Alibaba Pictures

Alliance Data Systems

Alphabet

Alteryx

Altice

Amazon

Ambarella

AMC Entertainment

AMC Networks

AMD

Amdocs

America Movil

Amphenol

AMS

Analog Devices

ANGI Homeservices

Anritsu

Ansys

AO.com

Apple

Applied Materials

Arista Networks

Asahi Glass

Asia Optical

ASML

ASOS

Asus

AT&T

Atos

Atresmedia

AU Optronics

Autodesk

Autohome

Aveva

B2W

BAE Systems

Baidu

Bandai Namco

Baozun

BCE

Bentley Systems

Bharti Airtel

Bilibili

Bizlink

Blackbaud

Blackberry

Blackline

Boohoo.com

Booking Holdings

Bosch

Box

Boyaa

Broadcom

BT

Bumble

ByteDance

Cadence Design Systems

Calix

Cambricon

Canon

Canonical

Capcom

Capgemini

Carsales.com

Casa Systems

Catcher Technology

CATL

CGI

ChannelAdvisor

Charter Communication

Check Point Software

Cheil

China Mobile

China Telecom

China Unicom

Chunghwa Telecom

Ciena

Cineworld

Cirrus Logic

Cisco

Citrix Systems

Clear Channel

Cloudera

Cloudflare

Cognex

Cognizant

Colopl

Comcast

CommScope

CommVault

Compal

Computacenter

comScore

Conduent

Constellation Software

Control4

Corning

Coupa

Cox

Criteo

CrowdStrike

CyberArk Software

Cyberdyne

Danaher

Darktrace

Dassault Systemes

Dawning

Deliveroo

Delivery Hero

Dell

DeNA

Dentsu

Deutsche Telekom

Didi Chuxing

Digi

Digital Realty

Diodes

Discord

Discovery

Dish Network

DJI

DocuSign

DoorDash

Dropbox

DXC Technology

Ebay

Electronic Arts

Emerson Electric

EPAM Systems

Epic Games

Equinix

Ericsson

Estun Automation

Etisalat

Etsy

Exabeam

Expedia

Extreme Networks

F5 Networks

Fabrinet

FANUC

FIH Mobile

FireEye

Flex

Fortinet

F-Secure

Fuji Media

Fujitsu

Gamevil

Garmin

GE

Genpact

Globe Telecom

GoDaddy

GoerTek

GoPro

Graphcore

Gree

Groupon

Grupo Televisa

GungHo Online

Haier Electronics

Harmonic

Harmonic Drive

HCL Technologies

Hikvision

Himax

Hitachi

HollySys Automation

Hon Hai

Honeywell

HP

HPE

HTC

Huawei

HubSpot

IAC Interactive

IBM

iFlytek

IGG

Iliad

Indra Sistemas

Infineon

Infinera

Info Edge India

Infosys

Innolux

Inspur Electronic

Instacart

Intel

Interpublic

Intuit

Intuitive Surgical

Inventec

iQiyi

iRobot

ITV

Jabil

Japan Display

JC Decaux

JD.com

Juniper Networks

Just Dial

Just Eat Takeaway

Kakaku

Kakao

Kawasaki Heavy

KDDI

Keyence

Kingsoft

Konami

KPN

Krafton

KT

KUKA

Kyocera

LAM Research

Lamar Advertising

Largan

Lenovo

LG Chem

LG Display

LG Electronics

Lionsgate

Live Nation

LivePerson

Logitech

LTI

Lumen

Lyft

M&C Saatchi

M1

M6-Metropole TV

Magic Leap

Mail.Ru

MakeMyTrip

Marchex

Marvell

Mastercard

Match

Mavenir

Maxis

McAfee

Mediaset

MediaTek

Meituan Dianping

Melexis

MercadoLibre

Meta

Micro Focus

Microchip

Micron

Microsoft

Mimecast

Mirantis

Mitsubishi Electric

Mixi

Mobily

Momo

MoneySuperMarket

Monolithic Power Systems

Motorola Solutions

Mphasis

MTN Group

Murata

Nabtesco

Nachi Fujikoshi

Nanya Tech

Naspers

Naver

NavInfo

NCC

NCSoft

NEC

NENT

NetApp

NetEase

Netflix

Netgear

Netmarble

Network 18 Media

Neusoft

New Relic

New Work

Nexon

Nexstar

Nielsen

Nikon

Ningbo Bird

Nintendo

Nippon Ceramic

Nippon TV

Nokia

NTT

NTT Data

NTT DoCoMo

Nuance

Nutanix

Nvidia

NXP

Ocado

Okta

Omnicom

Omron

On Semiconductor

Ooredoo

Open Text

Oracle

Orange

Outfront Media

Palantir

Palo Alto Networks

Panasonic

Parler

Parrot

PayPal

Paytm

Pegatron

Perfect World

Philips

Pinduoduo

Pinterest

Platform9

Playtech

PLDT

Progress Software

Proofpoint

ProSiebenSat.1

Proximus

PTC

Publicis

Pure Storage

Purplebricks

Qisda

Qorvo

Qualcomm

Qualys

Quanta Computer

Rackspace Technology

Rakuten

Rapid7

Raytheon Technologies

Razer

Rea Group

Reliance Industries

Renesas

Renren

Ribbon Comms

Ricoh

Rightmove

RingCentral

Roblox

Rocket Internet

Rockwell Automation

Rogers Comms

Rohm

Roper Technologies

RTL

Rubicon Project

Sage

SAIC

Salesforce

Samsung Electronics

Samsung SDI

SAP

Saudi Telecom

Schneider Electric

Sea

Seagate

SecureWorks

Securonix

Sega Sammy

Seiko Epson

Sensata

ServiceNow

Sharp

Shopify

Siasun Robot

Siemens

Silicon Labs

Silicon Motion

Sina

SingTel

Sirius XM Radio

SK Hynix

SK Telecom

Skyworks

SMIC

Snap

Snowflake

Softbank

Software AG

Sonos

Sony

Sophos

Sopra Steria

Spark New Zealand

Splunk

Spotify

Square Enix

STMicroelectronics

Stryker

Sun TV Network

Suning.com

Sunny Optical

SUSE

Swisscom

Synaptics

Synopsys

Take-Two Interactive

Tata Communications

Tata Consultancy Services

TDK

TE Connectivity

Tech Mahindra

Technicolor

Tegna

Telecom Italia

Telefonica

Telekom Malaysia

Telekomunikasi Indonesia

Telenor

Television Broadcasts

Telia

Telstra

Telus

Tencent

Tencent Music

Teradata

Teradyne

Tesla

Texas Instruments

TF1

Thales

TIBCO Software

TietoEVRY

T-Mobile US

Tokyo Electron

TomTom

Toshiba

TPK

Trade Desk

Trend Micro

Trip.com

TripAdvisor

TSMC

Twilio

Twitter

Uber

Ubiquiti Networks

Ubisoft

UiPath

UMC

Umicore

United Internet

Unity Technologies

Universal Display

Universal Music

UScellular

Valve

Vecima

Venture Corp

Verizon

ViacomCBS

VIP.com

Visa

Vivendi

VMware

Vodacom

Vodafone

Vonage

Vuzix

Walmart

Walt Disney

Warner Music

Wayfair

Webzen

Weibo

Western Digital

Wipro

Wistron

Workday

Workiva

World Wide Technology

WPP

Xero

Xiaomi

Xilinx

Yageo

Yandex

Yaskawa

Yelp

Yokogawa Electric

Yuneec

YY

Z Holdings

Zain

Zalando

Zee Entertainment

Zendesk

Zillow

Zoom

Zscaler

ZTE

Zynga

Table of Contents

Executive summary

Top Themes for 2022

TMT sector performance

Hardware

Software and Services

Internet and Media

Telecoms

Thematic Methodology

Frequently Asked Questions

The driving themes in the tech, media, and telecoms industry include artificial intelligence, healthtech, digital media, fintech, ESG, demographics, geopolitics, regulation, connectivity, future of work, future mobility, IT infrastructure and internet of things.

The leading companies in tech, media, & telecom theme include Amazon, Microsoft, Google, Nvidia, Shopify and AMD.

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