Why smart home revenue will reach $195 billion in 2021

Since the rise of the smartphone, the term 'smart' may simply mean that a device has on-board wireless internet connectivity. Therefore, a smart home is one that is designed to deliver or distribute digital services, through a range of networked devices.

Smart home automation and monitoring devices will grow to over 770 million globally by 2021, representing an eleven-fold rise from just 68 million estimated in 2016, according to the latest market study by Juniper Research.

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By David H. Deans, 22 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, M2M.

Verizon poaches Apple’s global creative director for rebrand

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Verizon is looking to reposition its brand into a leading tech company, and the operator has poached Apple’s global creative director to aid the transition.

Apple is often seen as being a ‘cool’ brand and praise must be given to individuals responsible for maintaining this portrayal over the years. One such employee, Andrew McKechnie, former chief creative director at...

By Ryan Daws, 21 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Industry, IoT, Mobile, Operators.

Why mobile operators need to take advantage of the next Internet of Things opportunity

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As the array of mobile services and delivery devices continues to evolve, mobile network operator competition has intensified. With many over-the-top players now providing popular alternatives to texting and voice calls, telecom service provider core revenues are eroding.

Meanwhile, Juniper Research has calculated that mobile network operators can capture an additional $85 billion in revenues over the next five years, through the deployment and enhancement of non-core services -...

By David H. Deans, 17 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, IoT, Operators.

Opinion: IoT as a share of operator revenues will increase three-fold, at least for some

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In essence, the Internet of Things (IoT) is an extension of the digitalisation trend that has been going on for years. In addition to regular digitalization procedures, such as automating processes or creating web-enabled platforms for services, companies are also equipping their machines, products, and factories with sensors and connectivity modules. We've seen similar trends in the past, however, this time the...

By Bengt Nordstrom, 16 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Operators.

Telcos keen to utilise emerging tech – but it’s a struggle to get there

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It’s a theme which is as old as the hills. Can telcos, not traditionally renowned for their speed and flexibility, keep up with new and innovative technologies? According to a new piece of research from KPMG, the answer is: sort of.

The study, which polled 580 senior executives across 16 countries, found that for telcos who have been proactive in adopting new technologies, more than half (58%) have seen a positive impact on their business operations. Yet just over one in 10...

By James Bourne, 02 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Operators, OTT Services, Research.

How smart machines will transform labour-intensive industries

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The progress in technologies such as artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things, cloud computing, robotics and intelligent mobility have set the stage for cognitive or sentient tools to emerge onto the global market.

These tools are aware of and can learn from their surroundings and users, and mark the next step in the evolution of computational systems, according to the latest worldwide market study by Frost & Sullivan.

As smart machines that can communicate and interact with...

By David H. Deans, 02 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Mobile, Smart Cities.

Why consumer IoT devices will deploy advanced security

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Looking across the overall Internet of Things (IoT) security landscape, it's clear that 'consumer IoT' should be viewed as a separate segment, given current trends in the implementation and adoption of robust security measures.

The consumer market is composed of a very wide range of hardware vendors - from large companies to crowdfunded startups. Competition in the market is high, but the IoT security value proposition is much more difficult to present to the end-user, relative to...

By David H. Deans, 26 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, IoT, Security, Small Cells.

Gartner predicts global semiconductor spending to grow 2.9% in 2017

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Gartner has predicted an increase of 2.9% in global semiconductor capital spending in 2017, reaching $69.9 billion (£56.7bn). The estimation for 2017 is down from 5.1% growth in 2016.

David Christensen, senior research analyst at Gartner, said: “The stronger growth in 2016 was fuelled by Increased spending in late 2016 which can be attributed to a NAND flash shortage which was more severe in late 2016 and will persist though most of 2017. This is due to a...

By Telecoms Tech, 18 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Infrastructure, IoT.

How smart home revenue will reach $195 billion in 2021

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Ever since the mainstream adoption of the mobile smartphone, the word 'smart' is used broadly to define any device that has some form of on-board communication connectivity. Likewise, a Smart Home is designed to deliver a number of digital services inside and outside the home, through a range of networked devices.

Juniper Research believes the entertainment segment to be the most viable in terms of consumer uptake, for the simple reason that these services are almost universally...

By David H. Deans, 13 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity, Disruption, IoT.

The major disruptions expected in the telecoms industry in 2017

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As a new leadership team moves into Washington in January, big changes appear to be in store for the telecom industry in 2017. At the top of the list will be the outcome of the AT&T-Time Warner mega-merger, which now looks more likely to sail past possible anti-trust and net neutrality concerns.

We see the following topics and trends as important for business customers of the telecom industry in the coming year:

Merger activity on the rise

Expect to see the AT&T/Time Warner...

By Craig Riegelhaupt, 06 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, Connectivity, Disruption, IoT.

How telecom operators can harness the IoT to grow revenues and boost loyalty

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The world of communications is undergoing a transformation. Amidst increasing competition from over-the-top providers, telecom service providers are facing revenue shrinkage, shrinking margins and growing subscriber churn in their consumer-focused business. In order to ensure relevance & long term sustainability in a fast-evolving marketplace, telcos need to move beyond just providing connectivity and security services. For this, telecom companies need to develop newer business...

By Anil Ganjoo, 23 December 2016, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Operators, OTT Services.

How IoT is supporting semi-autonomous vehicle system apps

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Growing safety concerns about driving and traffic accidents, plus the recognition by national governments of the apparent advantages of driverless vehicles, will accelerate the deployment of new services that are assisted by Internet of Things infrastructure.

ABI Research anticipates that semi-autonomous systems will lead the market over the next decade, with SAE level 2 and 3 systems accounting for 86 percent of autonomous vehicles shipping in 2026. Higher levels of autonomy will gain...

By David H. Deans, 07 December 2016, 1 comment. Categories: Apps, IoT, Research.

Ericsson launches verified NFV infrastructure services

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Ericsson has announced the launch of its verified network functions virtualisation (NFV) solution, known as NFVi, which supports software defined infrastructure, as well as helps provide the building blocks for 5G and IoT infrastructure.

The move will align with various aspects of Ericsson’s current service portfolio, including its hyperscale data centre system, cloud SDN as well as its Cloud Execution Environment and Cloud Manager, as well as other consulting, system...

By James Bourne, 02 December 2016, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Cloud, IoT, Networks, NFV, SDN.

Why the future looks bright for healthcare IoT

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If recent forecasts are any indication, the Internet of Things is poised to become just what the doctor ordered over the next few years. Doctors and nurses, hospital administrators and medical researchers will be increasingly relying on connected smart devices. According to a 2016 Allied Market Research report, the global IoT healthcare market is expected to grow by nearly $80 billion over the next five years, representing a...

By Eran Eshed, 17 November 2016, 1 comment. Categories: Industry, Innovation, IoT.

Small Cell Forum publishes latest guide on NFV, 5G and IoT

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A new practical working guide released by operator and vendor body Small Cell Forum (SCF) details technical and commercial best practice for operators who are looking to deploy network function virtualisation (NFV).

In its recently published Release 8, SCF combines unique experience of real-world deployments of NFV technology today with small cells at the network edge, which will be invaluable in building out the networks for the future. Small cell virtualisation will be a key...

By Telecoms Tech, 04 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, IoT, NFV, Wireless.

Benchmarking the Internet of Things for high growth: Industry analysis

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As more business leaders work on their strategies for the Internet of Things (IoT), industry analysts are researching use cases for these technologies. Having evaluated similar technologies in the past, one of the most successful devices was deemed to be the anti-theft tag known as electronic article surveillance (EAS).

That's because it's disposable and some major retailers around the globe believe that it deters thieves. Over ten billion EAS tags are produced yearly, mostly sold at around...

By David H. Deans, 03 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Research.

Can Ericsson make the required shift to become a digital infrastructure native?

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Analysis The traditional network infrastructure market is undergoing a rapid shift. Traditional telco equipment providers, such as Ericsson, must reinvent themselves to remain relevant in tomorrow’s digital marketplace. Simply selling routers, towers and boxes will not be enough to survive.  Network infrastructure providers have to find new ways to leverage their core assets while simultaneously acquiring new technology skills to align to the new digital economy...

By Marina Kurth, 02 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Cloud, Infrastructure, IoT, Operators.

Why IoT gateway shipments are set to reach 64 million units by 2021

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Telecom service providers are exploring the applications for the Internet of Things (IoT), as an extension of their network access offerings. Demand for IoT gateways, which manage and control complex connected environments by aggregating and transmitting sensor data, are on the rise.

According to the latest worldwide market study by ABI Research, IoT gateway shipments will grow to exceed 64 million units in 2021.

Home automation and security market components will likely account for...

By David H. Deans, 31 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, M2M, Operators.

Harnessing the future of cellular IoT for the growth of renewable energy infrastructure

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Despite all the technological advances being made in the realm of renewable energy infrastructure, the move to push renewable alternatives into the mainstream has been surprisingly slow. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, total renewables used in the electric power sector are expected to slow in growth in 2017, from a 10% increase this year to only 5% in the next.

While the government has attempted to push the...

By Eran Eshed, 25 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, LTE, Networks.