The GSMA, in partnership with Machina Research (London, England), last week announced that the growth of connected devices is booming in Asia Pacific, with the region expected to be the largest market by 2020 with over 11 billion total connected devices, and within that, almost 5.6 billion mobile connected devices, accounting for a 47% market share and far outstripping Europe (19.1%) and North America (9.4%).
Many M2M analysts forecast that the markets for connected medical devices may not grow as quickly as deployments in areas like automotive telematics and smart grid, but the brain trust at Wi-Fi device manufacturer Lantronix (Irvine, Calif., USA) does not agree. The company has seen embedded systems for medical devices grow to 10% of its $50 million (US) top-line sales, and expects the overall market for such medical connectivity to continue to increase.
As service provides begin to deploy larger networks to increase bandwidth, new challenges are presented when measuring the optical signal-to-noise ratio (OSNR). When dealing with 40G and 100G networks, as well as with networks that contain reconfigurable optical add/drop multiplexers (ROADMs), the OSNR measurement reports often contain inaccurate results, which could result in potential network failures and higher OPEX.
On Thursday, Alcatel-Lucent (Paris, France) introduced a public cloud model that is specifically tailored for service providers to use inside their networks. The CloudBand aims to first design the network using cloud technology, and second, use the service provider’s network infrastructure to deliver these cloud services.
According to Alcatel-Lucent, when designing and building the network using the Cloudband, providers can place specific architectural elements into the cloud, which makes them easily accessible for monitoring actual usage.
By Nir Halachmi, Product Line Manager, Telco Systems
With mobility and an increased level of high bandwidth content, mobile operators are facing a challenge, as they cannot convert the increased demand for broadband into an increased profit.
In the future, remotely monitoring health conditions may not longer require a bulky connected device, but “Smart Skin.” MC10 Inc (Cambridge, Mass., U.S.A.), a company developing next-generation electronic systems, is working with the University of Illinois to develop smart skin, and epidermal electronic system containing transistors, sensors, receivers and transmitters that can be bent, stretched and wrinkled just like real skin.
Wyless (London, England) and Wireless Maingate (Stockholm, Sweden), two M2M MVNO's, announced a strategic partnership that will provide both companies will access to the others networks.
Telefonica (Madrid, Spain) last Monday announced that it has signed a strategic partnership with Quantenna Communications (Fremont, Calif., U.S.A.), a provider of Wi-Fi networking for home entertainment, including connected devices. Through the partnership, Telefonica looks to make a strategic equity investment in Quantenna, which will give it access to the latest Quantenna technology for the deployment of high performance video services to the home.
Telefonica will invest roughly $3 million in Quantenna, which brings the total investment up to $90 million to date, says Quantenna.
As smartphone usage grows and consumers start using their phones for more than just voice, the concept of a mobile service provider is changing. According to two surveys, including one performed by Oracle (Redwood Shores, Calif., U.S.A.), a person’s mobile phone is replacing other devices, and in the future will be used for everything from banking to a GPS system.
Oracle surveyed more than 3,000 mobile users around the world and found that mobile devices are becoming more valuable to consumers.
The Current Wireless Network Landscape
As the popularity of smartphones, tablets and other intelligent mobile devices increases, and as consumer’s leverage these devices for increasingly high-bandwidth applications and services, today’s 3G wireless networks, and associated backhaul networks, are frequently overwhelmed. In fact, the amount of bandwidth currently consumed is reaching levels equal to that of wired broadband connections.