UAE operator du sealed a deal to supply telecoms infrastructure and services for a 150,000-square-metre smart city project in Dubai, on the opening day of the annual Gulf Information Technology Exhibition (GITEX).
The GSM Association (GSMA) said adoption of its common Embedded SIM standard will boost machine-to-machine (M2M) market growth by almost 40 per cent by 2020, as it revealed a string of big name backers for the specification.
There is great excitement in the Internet of Things (IoT) world these days. There are more types of IoT solutions that one person can count. There are going to be 24 billion connected IoT devices by 2024, according to MachNation forecasts, and there are businesses springing up in all corners of the world to provide hardware, software and services.
Forecasting the market for the Internet of Things (IoT) is particularly vexing because there are so many "things" and moving parts. There's no single entity. It involves chipmakers, device manufacturers, software developers and so much more. Everything from the automobile to the thermostat is getting connected, not to mention objects that are yet to be invented.
Deutsche Telekom and China Mobile have signed an agreement on the creation of a 50:50 joint venture in China that will focus on the development of connected car services and technology.
Orange became the second operator in Europe to sign a direct connectivity supply deal with electric car maker Tesla, with an agreement covering wireless services in France.
Oracle is seeking to beef up its wireless credentials by collaborating with Vodafone to develop internet of things (IoT) systems, as well as working on a separate plan to open new cloud data centres in Europe.
Ericsson is consulting with workers unions and representatives over the lay off of around 1,000 staff from its modems business after announcing it will quit the sector in favour of an increased focus on its radio networks unit.
According to MachNation's Next Generation IoT Forecast, we will have 24 billion connected IoT devices by 2024. That's 30-40 per cent annual growth for the next 10 years.But we will never see that level of growth unless we make it easy for buyers of IoT to identify and buy an IoT solution.
The number of smartphone connections will grow three-fold over the next six years, reaching six billion by 2020 and accounting for two-thirds of the nine billion mobile connections by that time.