Wednesday, 23 August 2017

How operators can rise to the challenge of a new connected world

By Stuart Cochran, Evolving Systems
Thursday 31 March 11

Players must be flexible to capitalise on the M2M opportunity.

Ericsson boldly predicted during Mobile World Congress 2010 that by the end of the decade there would be more than 50 billion connected devices across the world. Fast-forward a year and growth in the M2M market has been rapid. Preliminary data from Berg Insight shows that the worldwide number of mobile network connections used for wireless M2M (machine-to-machine) communication reached 81.4 million at the end of 2010, up 46% on-year. The U.S. and Japan recorded growth rates of 52% and 60% respectively, mainly driven by connected devices such as e-book readers and digital photo frames, while Europe maintained its number one position as M2M subscribers increased 43% to 29.5 million. This rapid growth demonstrates to wireless operators that the potential opportunity presented by the M2M market is huge. However, the opportunity is far from straightforward. To capitalise on this projected growth, providers must be prepared to be flexible. Rather than merely treating the M2M model as an extension of their existing mobile offering…

Ericsson boldly predicted during Mobile World Congress 2010 that by the end of the decade there would be more than 50 billion connected devices across the world. Fast-forward a year and growth in the M2M market has been rapid. Preliminary data from Berg Insight shows that the worldwide number of mobile network connections used for wireless M2M (machine-to-machine) communication reached 81.4 million at the end of 2010, up 46% on-year. The U.S. and Japan recorded growth rates of 52% and 60% respectively, mainly driven by connected devices such as e-book readers and digital photo frames, while Europe maintained its number one position as M2M subscribers increased 43% to 29.5 million. This rapid growth demonstrates to wireless operators that the potential opportunity presented by the M2M market is huge. However, the opportunity is far from straightforward. To capitalise on this projected growth, providers must be prepared to be flexible. Rather than merely treating the M2M model as an extension of their existing mobile offering…

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