Analysing the huge upside for the Internet of Things in the retail sector

The outlook for retailers have changed dramatically over the last few decades. This sector of the economy has shifted from a cash-driven, supply-driven industry to one that is very digitally-focused. The Internet has transformed retail. Where competition is most intense, innovation and market disruption are ongoing.

Retail markets are now potentially unlimited, where previously they may have been very locally focused. Meanwhile, consumer expectations have altered in response to online and mobile retail....

By David H. Deans, 22 March 2017, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Networks.

Reflections on MWC: Operator strategies, smart cities, and phone nostalgia

The Mobile World Congress, situated in the beautiful city of Barcelona, is one of the most anticipated events in the year. This year it was the largest ever MWC, with 108,000 attendees, from 208 countries and a record breaking 3000 exhibitors across the enormous Fira Gran Via exhibition centre.

The Internet of Things (IoT) was yet again a core trend at the MWC and I found myself in and amongst it all with lots of conversations around connectivity in IoT. However, what I found most interesting from some of the...

By Dan Cunliffe, 21 March 2017, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Networks, Operators, Smartphones.

Orange pushes ahead with its LTE-M strategy for IoT devices

Orange has announced plans to advance its LTE-M strategy this year in preparation to support a wide range of IoT devices.

The operator will focus its LTE-M efforts in Europe initially and will begin the roll-out this year in Belgium and Spain before expanding across the rest of the company’s European footprint. At the end of last year, KPN claimed the first to start testing LTE-M in Europe, but Orange is on track to become the first commercially-available network.

By Ryan Daws, 27 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity, Industry, IoT, LTE, Networks, Operators, Smart Cities.

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.

Smart home application market...

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.