Communications Service Providers gear up for the Internet of Things

iot

Every year Machina Research conducts a study on best practice for communications service providers such as AT&T, Deutsche Telekom, Telefonica and Vodafone in M2M and IoT. The research involves detailed interviews with those operators about strategy with a view to determining best-practice in the sector. It also provides an invaluable guide to the key issues and strategic developments amongst CSPs.

One of the most interesting trends that has arisen is an increasing focus on delivering what we would term ‘IoT’, rather than ‘M2M’. Of course there is no universally accepted definition of either. For us M2M involves the connection of sensing and actuating devices for the purpose of fulfilling a certain function. In contrast IoT, in essence, involves scaleable platforms that allow the mashing together of multiple data sources and the disaggregation of the application development environment from the device itself.

So what has been happening with CSPs in the last year that leads us to believe they’re becoming more IoT-friendly? A number of things. Firstly they’re starting to put in place application enablement platforms to provide additional support for application developers. Secondly they are becoming a little more network agnostic. IoT is certainly not limited to cellular and lots of technologies will need to be harnessed to support IoT applications. Similarly, and thirdly, they’re becoming more global. CSPs have facilities-based networks in only a limited number of markets and so to support the necessarily global solutions implicit in IoT, they need a more global support. To this end CSPs are building increasingly deep alliances with other operators around the world, such as the Global M2M Association, the M2M World Alliance, and Vodafone’s Partner network.

But let’s not get too far ahead of ourselves. What CSPs do today is M2M. So where are the gaps in the IoT strategies? One major challenge is that CSPs tend to still be tied to their networks. It’s very hard for them to move to supporting more than a handful of technologies and even more tough to be truly network agnostic. Solutions that they develop themselves tend to be predicated on using those networks, and, what’s more, any horizontal approach tends to revolve around the wholesaling of the CSP’s own connectivity. Don’t get me wrong. This is a good business. But for the CSP to really adopt the role of the enabler of the IoT would require a more fundamental shift, seeing the M2M business units becoming further removed from the parent organisation.

Matt Hatton
Matt Hatton – Director, Machina Research

The M2M CSP Benchmarking Report 2014 will be published later in June. For more information contact matt.hatton@machinaresearch.com

 

 

 

 

RECENT ARTICLES

Axiomtek launches compact DIN-rail IIOT gateway for data driven energy

Posted on: November 30, 2022

Axiomtek, a world-renowned specialist relentlessly devoted in the research, development, and manufacture of series of innovative and reliable industrial computer products of high efficiency is pleased to announce the ICO120-E3350, an extremely compact industrial IoT gateway powered by the Intel Celeron processor N3350 (codename: Apollo Lake-M). The ruggedised designs feature fanless operation, -40°C to 70°C

Read more

Semtech, AWS to create low-power IoT track and trace services with LoRa cloud geolocation

Posted on: November 30, 2022

Please replace the release with the following corrected version due to multiple revisions to the Forward-Looking and Cautionary Statements.

Read more
FEATURED IoT STORIES

The IoT Adoption Boom – Everything You Need to Know

Posted on: September 28, 2022

In an age when we seem to go through technology boom after technology boom, it’s hard to imagine one sticking out. However, IoT adoption, or the Internet of Things adoption, is leading the charge to dominate the next decade’s discussion around business IT. Below, we’ll discuss the current boom, what’s driving it, where it’s going,

Read more

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, home automation using iot 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

5 challenges still facing the Internet of Things

Posted on: June 3, 2020

The Internet of Things (IoT) has quickly become a huge part of how people live, communicate and do business. All around the world, web-enabled devices are turning our world into a more switched-on place to live.

Read more

What is IoT?

Posted on: July 7, 2019

What is IoT Data as a new oil IoT connectivity What is IoT video So what’s IoT? The phrase ‘Internet of Things’ (IoT) is officially everywhere. It constantly shows up in my Google news feed, the weekend tech supplements are waxing lyrical about it and the volume of marketing emails I receive advertising ‘smart, connected

Read more