Ofcom released details of plans designed to ensure the UK takes a leading role in developing the Internet of Things (IoT), as the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) separately outlined its approach to the emerging technology sector.
UAE-based mobile operator du claimed to have completed the first test of LTE Broadband Trunking in the Middle East, and said the trials of the technology will pave the way for "futuristic" connectivity services for enterprises and government departments.
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.
BMW's board member for sales and marketing, Ian Robertson, raised a red flag over the concept of the connected car this week, as he revealed his company is fighting a tide of requests from technology and advertising companies for access to the data already being gathered by a host of on-board sensors.
Global SIM card shipments are expected to have reached 5.2 billion units in 2014, marking a 5.32 per cent increase from 2013. LTE, NFC and M2M are seen as the trends for the next few years.
The penetration of embedded telematics in new vehicles will increase from 13.4 per cent in 2014 to 52 per cent in 2020, but ABI Research said it remains challenging for car OEMs to convince users to pay for built-in connected car services.
The number of European and North American homes with a smart thermostat grew by 105 per cent to 3.2 million in 2014.
Attendants at this week's International Consumer Electronics Show (CES), which comes to an end in Las Vegas today, may have noticed a few more French accents on the show floor: according to Rude Baguette, nearly 33 per cent of exhibitors in the official start-up area CES Eureka Park come from France.
Huawei rotating CEO Ken Hu said the company will step up its efforts to assure governments of the security of its operations, as he revealed the Chinese vendor's 2014 sales are likely to be 15 per cent higher than in 2013.
In this overview of 2014, we have focused on five key trends: fixed-mobile convergence and quad-play; mergers and acquisitions; "5G;" connected cars; and the resurgence of European device manufacturers. The reasons for focusing on these five areas and the news that shaped them are probably obvious to anyone who has been following the industry closely this year.