Cellular networks will generate nearly 60% of all M2M connectivity revenues by 2018, according to a new study from ABI Research.
The market-research company predicts that M2M connectivity will be embedded in more than two billion devices across nine key industries by that date, but reckons cellular will be the dominant technology in terms of revenues generated by M2M services.
Global revenues from M2M services will more than double between 2012 and 2017, rising from just less than $15 billion to more than $31 billion, according to a new study from Infonetics Research.
The market-research company also expects the number of M2M connections to surpass four billion by 2017, up from around 1.4 billion in 2012.
However, Infonetics urges operators to think beyond cellular technology when envisaging their future M2M services.
Network operator Sprint has struck a five-year agreement to support usage-based insurance (UBI) services and telematics solutions on behalf of Himex.
Himex (Scottsdale, AZ, USA) – which claims to offer “the fastest and most complete route in the industry to the implementation of UBI” – appears to have chosen Sprint (Overland Park, KS, USA) largely because of its ongoing commitment to support 2G services, in contrast with larger operators AT&T (Dallas, TX, USA) and Verizon Wireless (New York City, NY, USA).
Cellular M2M connections are set to reach more than 450 million globally by 2018, according to a new study from ABI Research.
The market-research company says that Europe dragged down worldwide connection growth in 2011 and 2012 but that an improving world economy will help connections to increase at a compound annual growth rate of 26% between now and 2018.
Nevertheless, while connections appear to have been growing, average revenue per user (ARPU) has continued to decline, notes ABI.
China has overtaken the US to become the world’s largest market for cellular M2M connections, according to recent research from Informa.
In a blog post, Jamie Moss, an analyst with Informa, said the organization’s Cellular M2M Tracker showed that China Mobile added another 5.5 million M2M connections in the second half of 2012, propelling China ahead of the US on this measure.
According to Moss, the growth reported by China Mobile was roughly the same number of connections the UK had in total at the end of 2012.
M2M hardware specialist u-blox has launched a new module that works on GSM and GPRS networks and is designed for use in devices operating in potentially explosive environments, such as gas smart meters.
The so-called SARA G350 ATEX provides support for a range of M2M applications requiring dual or quad-band GSM/GPRS, voice and data and in-band modem support for eCall and ERA GLOSNASS vehicle emergency call applications.
US operator Sprint is working with MVNO M2M DataSmart on an initiative to attract more small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) to the M2M marketplace.
The two companies, which struck a wholesale agreement in September last year, say they are promoting more “open access” of data and network services so that entrepreneurial start-ups – as well as traditional OEM companies – can more easily commercialize their M2M concepts.
With a debate raging over the most appropriate cellular technology for M2M services, Aeris Communications has added GSM connectivity services to its offer and revealed that carmaker FIAT has become its first GSM customer.
The company, which describes itself as the only cellular operator catering exclusively to the M2M market, has long provided connectivity services over the rival CDMA standard but evidently felt a need to fortify its position, with various technologies facing an uncertain future.
Satellite TV company Dish Network has given up its fight to acquire Sprint in the face of tough competition from Japan’s SoftBank, reports Dow Jones Newswires.
Dish (Meridian, CO, USA) is said to have made clear its intention not to continue pursuing a takeover of Sprint in a recent securities filing.
The news comes after the company last week said it would not be able to improve its offer by a Sprint-imposed deadline of June 18.
Some US connectivity providers are questioning whether T-Mobile US will be supporting a 2G service for its M2M customers by the end of the decade.
One of these is Alex Brisbourne, the president of M2M specialist Kore Telematics, who blames the spread of “disinformation” for a belief that certain 2G networks will still be around in years to come.