Vodafone said it will become the first operator to introduce low-cost technology for connecting devices that have very low demands for power and bandwidth to the Internet of Things (IoT).
Qatar-headquartered Ooredoo will give its first glimpse of the technology it will use to connect the 2022 FIFA World Cup at the forthcoming Mobile World Congress trade show in Barcelona.
Ericsson is providing its Device Connectivity Platform (DCP) to the Bridge Alliance of mobile operators in Asia-Pacific, Middle East and Africa in order to manage wireless connectivity for various types of devices across the 36 countries covered by the alliance.
IDC sees significant potential for growth in M2M in Africa, particularly in respect to the deployment of M2M energy, utility and security services.
Cisco predicted that the Middle East and Africa will be the world's leading region in terms of mobile data traffic growth between 2014 and 2019, with traffic tipped to experience a 15.3-fold increase over the forecast period.
Whether it's integrating wireless with the home, the car or a business, AT&T Mobility says its focus is on creating value for users and less about battling competitors like T-Mobile US and Sprint on just price. Phil Goldstein, editor of FierceWireless, talked to AT&T Mobility CMO David Christopher during the recent Consumer Electronics Show (CES) about rising competition in the wireless market, as well as opportunities in the connected car and the home automation markets.
Space Data is looking to monetize its Narrowband PCS (NPCS) spectrum licenses to get funds to launch LTE service in remote areas of Alaska or the Gulf of Mexico. Space Data said it retained the brokerage and investment banking firm Stifel to advise it on selling or potentially using the NPCS spectrum as collateral to fund future deployments.
M2M and the Internet of Things will create demand growth for mobile network connectivity, but revenue potential is mostly in the broader ecosystem implementing entire solutions and in providing holistic application services, such as in security monitoring and home automation. That might also be worth mobile operators pursuing. More fundamentally, however, they must also ensure they seize network services demand growth in general and accommodate it with corresponding cost reductions right across their networks.
AT&T's Plano, Texas-based innovation center, which was opened in March 2011 and expanded to include M2M operations in 2014, is one of four foundries the company established globally to serve as a test-bed for new technologies and give AT&T an opportunity to work with partners and startups to accelerate innovation in areas like the Internet of Things and M2M. Slideshow.
The number of smart homes in Europe and North America reached 10.6 million in 2014, according to a new research report from Berg Insight. The European market is two to three years behind North America in terms of penetration and market maturity, the research firm found.