Ericsson takes pole position on 5GCAR project

Ericsson is leading a partnership which is focused on developing a 5G architecture for vehicle-to-everything (V2X) services.

The ‘5GCAR Project’ is backed by the EU and was selected as part of phase 2 of the 5G Infrastructure Public Private Partnership (5G PPP). 14 industry leaders are working on the project including PSA group, Orange, and Volvo Cars.

Having such projects in Europe is key in this worldwide race, as it will secure additional business and employment

By Ryan Daws, 07 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, IoT, Standards.

ZTE partners with Telenet for IoT and 5G synergies

Telenet, the largest cable broadband service provider in Belgium, has entered into a strategic partnership agreement with Chinese telco ZTE to advance its technology offerings in mobile Internet and telecommunications.

Telenet chief technology officer Micha Berger and ZTE senior vice president Xiao Ming signed the agreement in the presence of Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, in a ceremony at the Castle Val-Duchesse in Brussels.

Berger noted satisfactory results in the...

By Telecoms, 05 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, IoT, Operators.

Deutsche Telekom upgrading routers to give customers taste of smart home experience

Deutsche Telekom is adding new features to its Speedport Smart router aiming to give more than one million customers a smart home experience.

The company announced that, effective immediately, the routers will also be able to control smart home devices, alongside phone, Internet and TV. The router will support the DECT ULE cordless standard, which can enable the integration of smoke detectors and thermostats among other smart devices.

A firmware update to routers already installed meant approximately 170,000...

By James Bourne, 19 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: IoT.

How IoT apps are being integrated with machine learning and blockchain for success

Internet of Things (IoT) market growth will accelerate in 2017, with the adoption of narrowband IoT (NB-IoT), according the the latest worldwide market study by Frost & Sullivan. This cellular technology uses licensed spectrum and offers a standardized low-power, wide-area network (LPWAN) solution.

Furthermore, machine learning and blockchain technologies are being integrated with IoT capabilities to drive new demand in different industries - such as financial services or energy generation and...

By David H. Deans, 16 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, Disruption, IoT.

How the Internet of Things will enhance residential security applications

Security system monitoring via the Internet is still a growth business. According to the latest market study by Berg Insight, the number of monitored security alarm systems in the European market is forecast to grow from 8.7 million subscribers in 2016, at a CAGR of 4 percent, to reach 10.6 million in 2021.

In North America, the total number of monitored security alarm systems is now forecast to grow at a CAGR of 2.9 percent from 32.1 million at the end of 2016 - eventually reaching 37.1 million at the end of...

By David H. Deans, 12 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Security.

Why Internet of Things apps are booming in the hospitality sector

The ecosystem for Internet of Things (IoT) applications in the B2B market continues to blossom, as more vendors develop new offerings. In a recent analysis of more than 500 companies and their IoT service capabilities, ABI Research found that both partner programs and their member companies are maturing, with 59 percent of listed organizations receiving a high grade.

This is nearly double the number of organizations that received a high maturity ranking when ABI Research first analyzed these IoT ecosystems in...

By David H. Deans, 11 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, IoT.

How public safety LTE network adoption is gaining momentum in 2017

Public safety 4G/5G LTE technology will reach the mainstream markets after 2020 as trials and deployments gain momentum across the world, according to the latest global market study by ABI Research. Hardware revenue is expected to grow by 30 percent annually, reaching $540 million in 2025.

The United States, UK, and South Korea markets will host the world’s first three operational public safety LTE wireless networks by the end of 2017 or early 2018. Many countries will likely follow, either through a...

By David H. Deans, 08 May 2017, 1 comment. Categories: 5G, IoT, LTE, Networks, Regulation.

Assessing the momentum of the IoT packaged solutions and services market

Nearly all segments of the Internet of Things (IoT) market recorded double-digit growth in the fourth quarter of 2016 (4Q16), driving an overall 19.3 percent year-to-year revenue gain to $8.2 billion, according to the latest study by Technology Business Research (TBR).

This market is still evolving. "We expect growth to continue apace as more customers undertake implementations due to the emergence of packaged use cases, standards are adopted and pricing models become more rationalized," said Daniel Callahan, analyst at

By David H. Deans, 24 April 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, Infrastructure, IoT.

Why Industrial IoT applications are set to blossom in Asia-Pacific

The Internet of Things (IoT) and the manufacturing sector are destined to collide, as more companies with factories explore the benefits of new technologies. This year we're going to witness how forward-thinking manufacturers innovate and grow.

Though industrial manufacturers are somewhat slow in their adoption of cloud-based services and connecting their legacy systems to digital networks, the vision for a vast IoT market is finally starting to take shape.

Industrial manufacturing applications will generate more than $138...

By David H. Deans, 28 March 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, IoT.

Three working with Cisco Jasper for speed, flexibility and control in IoT connectivity

Three Group has extended its capabilities in the global IoT marketplace by partnering with Cisco Jasper, the latter has announced.

The partnership will allow Three Group’s long-awaited enterprise customers to launch IoT services using Cisco Jasper’s powerful connectivity management platform – Control Center. These customers will have the option of accessing Control Center through Three Group’s mobile enabling services division – Hue.

Jarrod Nink, CEO at Hue, said: “Speed,...

By Telecoms, 28 March 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity, IoT, Networks.

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.