Jeff Zucker of NBC Universal coined the prescient expression “Trading analogue dollars for digital pennies” in 2008 to describe the huge gap that he was observing between the lucrative promises of online and digital advertising and the reality of the meager revenues that it was in fact producing. Could the same be true of the Internet of Things (IoT) revolution? Are we trading the hundreds of dollars that we are generating from mobile users for the pennies that providers get for connecting “things”?
Connecting the 50 billion projected devices, or things, to the Internet is the cornerstone of the Internet of Things. Given the challenges of remoteness, mobility and the cost of wiring up these devices, many of these connections will be made over mobile networks. In fact, Beecham Research estimates that the number of cellular machine-to-machine connections will grow to 1 billion by 2020, up from 172 million in 2013. It is no wonder that the mobile operators are salivating at the prospect of all this new revenue to be earned from connecting inanimate objects. This windfall is especially at a time when there traditional mobile business is under attack. Changes in voice usage and bundled minutes are causing voice revenues to decline and data revenues are under attack from Wi-Fi connections and over-the-top providers (see The Mobile Paradox). Read More »
Tags: internet of things, M2M, mobile, monetization, revenues
Updated 2015 VNI Mobile Forecast Reveals Potential “Wildcards” for Mobile Devices, Networks and Services
This week, Cisco released its annual Visual Networking Index (VNI) Global Mobile Data Forecast, 2014 – 2019. Among the traditional top-line growth projections that indicate a healthy mobile industry (e.g., more than 5.2 billion global mobile users by 2019 and 10-fold mobile traffic growth over the next five years), there were several interesting trends that could have significant implications for mobile networking in the near future.
Mobile Devices: Laptops make a comeback and phablets start to emerge
While there is an overall growth in the number of mobile devices and connections, there is also a visible shift in the device mix. This year forecast shows a slight slowdown in the growth of tablets as a new device sub-category, phablets (included in our smartphone category), were began to show global adoption. Tablet growth was also affected by the introduction of lightweight laptops, which are quite similar to tablets in form factor but have more enhanced capabilities. Today, tablets are primarily being used as content consumption devices – ideally suited for video viewing in particular. Laptops are still serving as the dominant content creation device, particularly for business users (e.g., presentation, spreadsheet, and document development). While the absolute numbers or volume for smartphones (4.6 billion by 2019), tablets (nearly 300 million by 2019) and laptops (nearly 250 million by 2019) are growing, they are all losing their percentage share of total mobile devices and connections to the fastest growing mobile connection type – M2M (3.2 billion by 2019).
Mobile Networks: Low Power, Wide-Area (LPWA) networks may be optimal for campus-wide IoE applications
This year’s forecast includes M2M nodes connected via Low-Power, Wide-Area (LPWA) networks. These networks are Read More »
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So over the past year, there has been lots of press about the Internet of Things (IoT) and there has been information on the Connected Car and Telematics, Connected Transportation, Connected City, Connected Everything… But just how do we connect all of these devices? Magic? Why do we care?
Well according to Goldman Sachs there will be:
If we examine these “28 Billion reasons” a little deeper using the recent Cisco Global Cloud Index (GCI) we find that the average number of devices an Internet User uses will grow substantially by 2018. Read More »
Tags: AT&T Digital Life, AT&T Kevin Petersen, Cisco Quantum™ Virtualized Packet Core, Doug Webster, EPC, Evolved Packet Core, GCI, global cloud index, Home Security, IoT, IOT Cloud Connect, iot world forum, Jim O’Leary, M2M, mobility, Orange, Orange François Duquesnoy, packet core, PMB, Premium Mobile Broadband, Service Provider, Sprint, Sprint Mohamad Nasser
So during last week’s IoT World Forum in Chicago more than the 1,500 Internet of Things (IoT) industry experts came together for the second annual conference. The IoT is opening up a world of real opportunities for service provider growth while rapidly transforming our communities, our cities, and our daily lives. Still as discussed during many of the sessions at the IoT World Forum, there are a number of questions that need to be answered to accelerate IoT globally.
- #1 Concern is Security – New way of thinking “don’t trust, verify”
- #2 Faster Time-To-Market (TTM)
- #3 Lower TCO
- Another top reason was the need for improved asset utilization and risk management.
So during the break-out session the “The Value Delivered by the Service Provider in IoT“ many attendees listened to service providers discuss how they are addressing these areas, and make money while doing it.
- AT&T SVP, Kevin Petersen – AT&T Digital Life
- Sprint Director, Mohammed Nasser – Connected City
- Orange Deputy Director, François Duquesnoy — Orange Smart Cities & Territories
The Topics Covered:
Smart Home Security, Home Health Care, Home Automation, Energy, Connected Car, Telematics, Connected Agriculture, Connected Transportation, Asset Tracking, Cloud Delivery.
Figure 1 From L to R; Doug Webster VP of Cisco SP Marketing – moderator, Francois Duquesnoy Director Orange Smart Cities, Kevin Petersen President AT&T Digital Life Inc., Mohamad Nasser Sprint – Director of M2M Product and Marketing
Below are some key quotes overheard at the panel: Read More »
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At the ITS World Congress last month in Detroit, we saw a wide range of intelligent transportation solutions and concepts. The most popular solutions on display –presented by several Auto Manufacturers, ITS suppliers, and Cisco along with partner Cohda Wireless – were simulated and live Vehicle-to-Vehicle (V2V) and Vehicle-to-Infrastructure (V2I) demonstrations, which showed how vehicles will communicate to each other and to roadside infrastructure in the not-too-distant future. A key goal of V2V and V2I is safety, for drivers and pedestrians, as vehicles will be able to synchronize their movement with traffic lights, roads, toll plazas, rail crossings and of course other cars.
Cisco also showed how Connected Transportation solutions can leverage the intelligent – and virtualized – mobile core network. We demonstrated a [fictional] after-market connected car application (“CarConcierge”) that enables users to remotely start or unlock their car, do a car “health check,” and extract car-sourced analytics over an LTE mobile network. The demonstration showed how the Connected Transportation market will see an explosion of innovative new applications that mobile operators can monetize by providing secure, intelligent, and cost-effective connectivity and process automation to devices and vehicles.
Watch a video summary of the Cisco demonstration: Read More »
Tags: Brian Walsh, Connected Transportation, EPC, Evolved Packet Core, IoT, ITS World Congress, M2M, mobile operator, Service Provider, virtualization, Virtualized packet core