Embedded M2M modem market on line to triple in 2010

Using the well-established base of GSM built up over the past 20 years, the embedded mobile M2M market is now poised for rapid acceleration, states the latest study into the technology conducted by Infonetics Research.

Richard Webb, analyst for mobile devices at Infonetics Research, said that demand for mobile M2M was being driven by new mobile devices, applications, services and providers, combined with the availability of higher speed networks.

"We're seeing applications such as smart energy monitoring and intelligent traffic, backed by government policy and funding, helping to create a virtuous growth cycle for the embedded mobile market."

According to Infonetics, the highlights of the study are:

  • Worldwide revenue for embedded mobile modems for M2M applications is forecast to more than triple in 2010 over 2009, and to continue growing strongly through at least 2014, at a 66 per cent CAGR.
  • The number of connections for embedded mobile M2M applications hit 87 million in 2009 and is forecast by Infonetics to jump to 428 million by 2014, driven by wider availability of services, new M2M applications, and 'Connected Society' regulatory and policy initiatives.
  • Over half of all embedded mobile connections are GSM based, with strong growth expected in W-CDMA and, later, LTE connections, driven by high bandwidth M2M applications and the need for future-proofing long-life device cycles.
  • The Utilities/SmartGrid vertical market accounts for the largest share of overall revenue for embedded mobile M2M modems, with over a quarter of total revenue in 2009.

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