Machines account for 2.0% of mobile network connections worldwide, says Berg Insight

A new research report from Gothenburg, Sweden-based analyst firm Berg Insight, says that 2.0% of mobile network connections worldwide were used for wireless machine-to-machine communication at the end of 2010.

The number of M2M subscribers increased by 46% year-on-year to an estimated 81.4 million. In the next five years, the total number of wireless M2M connections is forecast to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 32% reaching 294.1 million connections in 2015. By then M2M is projected to reach 4.0% of all cellular connections.

“M2M and connected devices is now one of the main drivers behind the growth in mobile subscribers in Europe and North America,” said Tobias Ryberg, Senior Analyst, Berg Insight. “All of the world’s largest telecom operators now have several million M2M subscribers in their mobile networks. In Q1-2011, we expect that AT&T will become the first mobile operators to reach 10 million M2M subscribers after more than doubling the installed base in the past 12 months, largely thanks to a successful strategy for connected consumer electronics devices.”

Mobile operators are facing a new market landscape where customers no longer have one or two mobile subscriptions. Besides his or her smartphone and tablet, a technology-savvy American is likely to own an e-reader and a connected PND, drive a car with an embedded telematics system and have a cellular security alarm installed at home.

Their Scandinavian counterparts could have a smart electricity meter with embedded GPRS connectivity; a Frenchman may use a cellular speed control warning system and an Italian might have installed a car telematics device from his insurance company. Tobias Ryberg predicts that the vast majority of the world’s next five billion mobile connections will be embedded into consumer devices, machines and sensors.

FEATURED IoT STORIES

9 IoT applications that will change everything

Posted on: September 1, 2021

Whether you are a future-minded CEO, tech-driven CEO or IT leader, you’ve come across the term IoT before. It’s often used alongside superlatives regarding how it will revolutionize the way you work, play, and live. But is it just another buzzword, or is it the as-promised technological holy grail? The truth is that Internet of

Read more

Which IoT Platform 2021? IoT Now Enterprise Buyers’ Guide

Posted on: August 30, 2021

There are several different parts in a complete IoT solution, all of which must work together to get the result needed, write IoT Now Enterprise Buyers’ Guide – Which IoT Platform 2021? authors Robin Duke-Woolley, the CEO and Bill Ingle, a senior analyst, at Beecham Research. Figure 1 shows these parts and, although not all

Read more

CAT-M1 vs NB-IoT – examining the real differences

Posted on: June 21, 2021

As industry players look to provide the next generation of IoT connectivity, two different standards have emerged under release 13 of 3GPP – CAT-M1 and NB-IoT.

Read more

IoT and home automation: What does the future hold?

Posted on: June 10, 2020

Once a dream, iot home automation is slowly but steadily becoming a part of daily lives around the world. In fact, it is believed that the global market for smart home automation will reach $40 billion by 2020.

Read more
RECENT ARTICLES

Global industry accelerating IoT adoption in response to Covid-19, new Inmarsat research reveals

Posted on: September 22, 2021

New research by Inmarsat, the provider of global mobile satellite communications, reveals a rapid increase in the maturity level of organisations adopting the industrial Internet of Things (IoT) since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic. Respondents drawn from multiple industries also reported that Covid-19 has demonstrated the importance of IoT to their businesses, with many accelerating

Read more

Nutanix cloud platform breaks down silos in hybrid multicloud operations

Posted on: September 22, 2021

Nutanix, a provider of hybrid multicloud computing, announced new features in the Nutanix Cloud Platform, including the launch of AOS version 6 software, to help enterprises build modern, software-defined data centres and speed their hybrid multicloud deployments.

Read more