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.
Startup firm M2M Spectrum Networks (a 2014 Fierce 15 winner) has launched its network in almost all the cities it intended to by year-end, but it has not yet announced any commercial customers and is still refining its business plan. The company still aims to provide a dedicated wireless network for M2M connectivity in ways that Tier 1 carriers can't or won't provide.
We are currently on the brink of dramatic change and market expansion which might well become as significant as the smartphone revolution, with a large proportion of objects communicating with each other and being constantly connected to the Internet. Many of these will connect through wires, fibre and Wi-Fi, and some will use cellular communications to do so. However, most will also become accessible and controllable by personal mobile devices including smartphones and tablets.
Top-performing IoT carriers over the next two to three years will focus on their evolution from providing legacy M2M connectivity services to offering a solution that extends IT-based technologies into operational technology organisations.
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.