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.

What makes for great IoT product development?

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Cisco has pegged the Internet of Everything for soon impacting our lives ten times more than the Internet itself. Yet so many companies in the more commonly called Internet of Things (IoT) are struggling for survival.

Why? Maybe, like the Google Glass, it was just too soon. Or like another seemingly failed Google acquisition, Revolv home automation hub, maybe the bigger guys are gobbling up the competition (

By Telefónica, 12 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, M2M, Marketing.

How people and technology can connect to create a smart city

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In recent years, the smart city space has become one that we tend to associate with large blue chip technology, engineering and consultancy companies. Within such a fast moving space, both the corporate world and public bodies are becoming aware that the key to creating a truly “smart” city is by engaging with the user, ensuring that the citizen is engaged and integrated within the city – using it in a way that is personalised to...

By Neil Herron, 28 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: IoT.

How M2M and IoT enable new data-intensive applications

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During the last couple of years, machine-to-machine (M2M) technology has become an integral part of the services offered by global telecom providers and a significant revenue stream for M2M app specialists. They've developed comprehensive offerings, designed to reduce costs and increase efficiency.

Meanwhile, the associated business models are beginning to account for new use case concepts and application developments; one of the latest to gain significant traction being the Internet...

By David H. Deans, 26 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Infrastructure, IoT, M2M.

Will NB-IoT disrupt the LPWA market?

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Competition in the Low Power Wide Area (LPWA) space, to support the growth of the Internet of Things, is heating up.  In the last few years, several niche industry-specific and technology-specific solutions, have been developed using unlicensed spectrum. However, with these siloed solutions, there are interoperability challenges and these have been further compounded by...

By Avinash Joshi, 23 September 2016, 1 comment. Categories: IoT, Networks.

How to build a smart city out of ruins

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Dubrovnik is seemingly the polar opposite of Sarajevo, the capital and largest city in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Dubrovnik struggles to modernise and become a smart city, while protecting its pristine 7th century spirit, while Sarajevo tries to build a smart city from rubble.

They may make for strange bedfellows, but these two cities with seemingly different problems are working together to build connected cities that solve their citizens’ problems.

Dubrovnik is a geographic...

By Telefónica, 22 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Smart Cities.

Lensless sensors and smart cities: Here’s looking at you, looking at me, looking at you

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Smart cities. The term is everywhere. Across technology media to every vertical from transport to engineering, everyone wants to talk about smart cities. And it’s not hard to see why. When you say the words, you can’t help but find the imagination go into overdrive, building and piecing together exciting scenes from every sci-fi film you have seen, leaving you with an idea a thousand light years from the comparatively dull surroundings you find yourself in. The only problem is...

By Patrick Gill, 16 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Networks, Smart Cities.

Are operators fully equipped for digital disruption in the telecoms business?

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Nowadays, digital disruption is a catchphrase touted in many boardrooms. It permeates all industries and changes many business ecosystems. So what is it and how does it impact the communications services business?

The scope of the telecom business has changed. Communications and connectivity have become deeply embedded in other value chains. Take Spotify or WhatsApp, for example, which are embedded in a mobile subscription, or a HBO package, which is embedded in a household broadband...

By Ville Syrjänen, 14 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity, Content, IoT, Operators, OTT Services.

Specs and standards: What is the deal with 5G, anyway?

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It seems just a short while ago when 4G networks were rolled out, with mobile carriers making a lot of fanfare about the new technology and the promised increases in performance. Back then we were reading about the first ground-breaking 4G enabled phones and also a certain actor promoting it in the UK as the best thing since sliced bread!  

4G access is a commodity now. We sit up and take notice if our phones aren’t...

By Chris Romeika, 13 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Broadcast, IoT, LTE, Networks.