Sunday, 16 December 2018

What role do operators have to play in the rise of the machines?

By Jayne Garfitt, Total Telecom
Tuesday 23 February 16

 From robotic dogs capable of responding to emotion to sophisticated e-health solutions, this year’s Mobile World Congress seemed to belong to the Internet of Things (IoT). But, while these gadgets might catch the consumers’ eyes, what do they mean for the mobile network operatoers? Is this another trend which will see their profits eaten away or can they create new value propositions and business models to cash in on the next big thing?   According to GSMA Intelligence, cellular and Low-Power, Wide-Area (LPWA) IoT connections could represent 20 per cent of the global IoT industry by 2020. The opportunities this market poses are huge and judging by the sea of IoT gadgets being showcased at this year’s MWC, everyone is already vying for their share of profit, with a host of vendors launching various devices for controlling everyday objects via the internet. There is no doubt that the trend is one which is here to stay.   What isn’t completely clear yet is where the telcos fit into this picture. At the biggest telecoms event on the calendar it is certainly a question which should not be ignored – after all, the last thing operators need is another medium to clog up their pipes with no return on investment…

 From robotic dogs capable of responding to emotion to sophisticated e-health solutions, this year’s Mobile World Congress seemed to belong to the Internet of Things (IoT). But, while these gadgets might catch the consumers’ eyes, what do they mean for the mobile network operatoers? Is this another trend which will see their profits eaten away or can they create new value propositions and business models to cash in on the next big thing?   According to GSMA Intelligence, cellular and Low-Power, Wide-Area (LPWA) IoT connections could represent 20 per cent of the global IoT industry by 2020. The opportunities this market poses are huge and judging by the sea of IoT gadgets being showcased at this year’s MWC, everyone is already vying for their share of profit, with a host of vendors launching various devices for controlling everyday objects via the internet. There is no doubt that the trend is one which is here to stay.   What isn’t completely clear yet is where the telcos fit into this picture. At the biggest telecoms event on the calendar it is certainly a question which should not be ignored – after all, the last thing operators need is another medium to clog up their pipes with no return on investment…

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