The opportunity in M2M is that it is now embarking on a path similar to that taken by smartphones, tablets and laptops in the enterprise. As the process of deploying these traditional devices have played out in the past few years, conversations are moving towards M2M. Enterprise education on the benefits, realities and possibilities of M2M will thus be critical in the years ahead.
Two analyst firms--SNL Kagan and Infonetics--released separate reports today on the growing demand for home media gateways. Both reports noted that consumers are demanding features from pay-TV providers that include such capabilities as personal video recording, streaming IP video and support for TV Everywhere.
Telco companies are adding IPTV subscribers, most likely at the expense of cable companies, which are experiencing a drop in their video customer base. This conclusion, from market research firm Infonetics, is based upon first quarter 2013 data but is not necessarily a big surprise for industry watchers.
Pace surpassed longtime set-top market leader Cisco in market share during the second quarter, according to a report released Wednesday by Infonetics.
Operators are deploying small cells in larger numbers, but testing solutions company Anritsu contends passive intermodulation (PIM) could be present problems for some of these rollouts.
Sierra Wireless inked a deal with AnyData to acquire substantially all of the assets of AnyData's M2M embedded module and modem business. According to a Sierra Wireless presentation, the deal is worth $5.9 million.
Verizon Wireless wants to deploy small cells but only if they are inexpensive, according to a recent rumor. If true, that could help explain why the wireless industry's expected small cell ramp-up has not yet happened and, in fact, keeps being pushed out.
Verizon and other telecom providers are beginning experiment with using over-the-top home automation services to reach homes outside their footprints, Infonetics said in a research report released Thursday.
Today, there is almost no mention of the consumer segment in terms of femtocells. In part, this is because this part of the market is more mature, with over 40 operators worldwide offering femtocells to consumers. So it is perhaps no surprise that the industry has turned its attention to the enterprise segment, one which has less price-sensitive customers with higher demands for coverage, capacity and sophisticated mobile services
The next generation simply "gets it." They get the value of connectivity and being able to build applications around it. That one would connect a car, a home or a city made a lot of sense to them. There was no questioning "why" one would connect so many devices to the network. The promise of the connected world, in part, resides on the simple premise that the next generation will actually be working very hard to make it a reality, because they see it as a future that is entirely possible, if not a given.