Mobile network operators are investing in infrastructure that enables the delivery of Internet of Things (IoT) service offerings. They're also establishing relationships with leading technology vendor partners - to create a viable ecosystem that will attract software application developers.
The year 2020 may seem like a long way off, but interest in the development of faster and more robust 5G wireless networks is gathering.
As people increasingly move into urban areas, they bring with them new challenges. City officials face pressures to address issues all within the constraints of tight budgets.
While mobile operators might take comfort as the market looks towards projected growth, there are other areas of the world that are developing.