Carriers often learn about Internet of Things opportunities late in the procurement process. Why? Because connectivity and connectivity management is relatively low on the list of important technology and business considerations when an enterprise is considering an IoT deployment.
CAPE TOWN--Vodacom considers machine-to-machine (M2M) to be a major growth area for the future, with "limitless" opportunities to deploy the technology across a number of vertical sectors in South Africa and beyond.
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.
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.
Thanks to aggressive moves by carriers to expand cellular connections into the automotive and utilities markets, the United States is one of the largest and most advanced M2M markets in the world, according to a new report from the GSMA. The report found that M2M represents one out of every 10 mobile connections in the U.S., compared with one in 20 in Oceania and Europe and one in a hundred in Africa.
Mosaik Solutions is getting into the wireless-network-testing market and aims to provide carriers and M2M-solution providers with a more efficient way to measure how end-user devices are performing on networks.
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.
LAS VEGAS--U.S. Cellular is in the midst of expanding its M2M business, and as part of that effort the company has recently introduced new M2M solutions in the areas of fleet tracking, asset management, monitoring and sensors, forms and other general business solutions. The company also recently introduced new M2M service pricing in an effort to more efficiently tailor its solutions toward potential M2M clients.