Berg Insight estimated that global cellular machine-to-machine (M2M) module shipments increased by 19.4 per cent in 2015 to a new record level of 96 million.
Samsung announced plans to spend roughly $1.2 billion in the U.S. over the next four years for the research and development of IoT technologies. The world's largest smartphone vendor expressed its desire for a "human-centered approach" to the IoT, emphasizing openness and collaboration and focusing on objectives such as helping people in their homes and keeping them healthy.
AT&T is expanding its mobile healthcare business with the launch of a new Foundry location at the world's largest medical center.
Atari is partnering with IoT network provider Sigfox to launch a line of connected products starting later this year. Just what those devices will be, though, is unknown.
Players such as Sigfox, Ingenu and the LoRa Alliance are rushing to meet those demands with low power wide area network (LPWAN) technologies, taking advantage of a head start as standards for cellular-based IoT offerings are finalized. As those cellular technologies begin to come to market, though, the two sides will battle to provide connectivity for everything from autonomous cars to industrial components to sensors in agricultural fields.
T-Mobile US will power a new service from startup Twilio called Programmable Wireless that essentially gives developers the ability to control the operation of voice, texting and data on Twilio's T-Mobile-powered SIM cards. The SIM cards can be installed on phones or into IoT-style sensors and gadgets.
Ingenu said it will team with Compal Electronics to produce IoT hardware to market using Ingenu's proprietary RPMA (Random Phase Multiple Access) technology.
Sigfox announced plans to expand its U.S. operations in a big way, vowing to deploy its IoT network in 100 cities across America this year. The move could create additional challenges for AT&T and Verizon as they work to sell IoT services through their LTE networks.
Machina Research said it has become clear that the Internet of Things (IoT) represents a far greater revenue opportunity than that offered by machine-to-machine (M2) applications alone.
The recent ratification of the Cat M1 standard and later Cat M2 indicates that LTE will rapidly replace 2G and 3G connections in some of the major M2M markets.