On Monday, Spectrum Bridge, Inc., a developer of technology for vitalizing spectrum, announced a partnership with Neul, a mobile wireless data service provider, to expand the global deployment of TV White Spaces (TVWS) networks for machine-to-machine (M2M) communications.
Spectrum Bridge (Lake Mary, Fla., USA) and Neul (Cambridge, UK) are working together to expand the white space ecosystem by enabling partners around the world to develop M2M applications running on Weightless, an open network standard developed for TVWS communications. The partnership will expand Neul's spectrum management knowledge and exposure to the U.S. market and Spectrum Bridge will gain access to developing the global M2M segment. Both companies will be working together to achieve FCC certification of Neul's products. Neul's radio technology together with the Spectrum Bridge platform enables the use of TVWS to create networks for broadband delivery and M2M communications.
M2M communications is the fastest growing market in wireless, according to Spectrum Bridge. Networks have been deployed for a variety of applications (smart grid for utilities, public safety networks, inventory management, security, etc.), and will continue to grow exponentially.
According to the latest findings from ABI Research , the global market for cellular M2M connections will grow to over 365 million connections by 2016. Based on these projections, this would translate to approximately $35 billion in connectivity services revenue for operators. And the total potential market is far higher: IMS Research forecast 22 billion'connected devices' by 2020.