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Worldwide M2M Services Market Reached over $16 Billion in 2013

Cellular technologies are playing an increasingly important role in enabling M2M services, comprising the vast majority of WAN wireless M2M connections today — over 220 million, and nearly tripling to just over 630 million connections by 2018,” said Godfrey Chua, directing analyst at Infonetics Research.

The global market for M2M services reached just over $16 billion in 2013, and there were nearly 1.7 billion M2M connections worldwide.

via Infonetics Research

Seven Nations with the Highest Mobile Subscription Penetration

The global mobile phone installed base will grow by 5% in 2015. Asia Pacific has the largest installed base by some margin, while Western Europe has the highest population penetration. Countries with major installed bases include China, United States, UK, Nigeria, India, Brazil and Russia.

Mobile subscription penetration reached 98.2% across the 84 countries covered in a Q4 2013 worldwide study.

via Strategy Analytics

Exploring Cellular Telematics and the Connected Car Opportunity

Telematics is one of the fastest growing segments of the cellular machine-to-machine (M2M) market. The total telematics M2M SIMs reached 37 million in 2013, representing about 4% of all passenger cars. Pyramid Research estimates that penetration of passenger cars will grow to 12% by 2018 — with telematics M2M SIMs contributing more than 20% of all M2M SIMs.

Europe will become the largest market in 2016, overtaking the U.S. market.

via Pyramid Research

How Smartphones and Tablets are Increasing Wi-Fi Adoption

MRG expects that overall Wi-Fi device shipments will double between 2012 and 2018 – growing to just over 3 billion during that time frame. Accounting for the lion’s share of those chipsets will be smartphones and media tablets.

Outside of Apple, the vast majority of high-end smartphones are shipping with the new 802.11ac type chipsets.

via MRG

40 Million New Broadband Users Added Worldwide in 2013

Year-end figures for broadband and IPTV show a slowing but steady growth in broadband subscribers with some significant trends in technology and regional growth in new markets. The figures highlight the addition of over 40 million new users worldwide, an annual increase of 6.15%, bringing the global total up to 678,455,893.

China remains at the top of the table with over 192 million subscribers at the end of the year, having added over 3 million new subscribers in Q4 2013 alone.

via Broadband Forum

The Explosion of Mobile Internet Traffic is Driving 5G Research

Mobile data traffic is experiencing tremendous growth – with over an 80% increase in global mobile data traffic in 2013 compared to 2012. Led mainly by an increase in mobile video traffic; it is really no surprise that the industry is now beginning to float the idea of 5G infrastructure.

While it is not yet clear what form 5G technology will take, there are plenty of industry players expressing an interest in developing this concept further.

via BuddeComm

How SDN and NFV Technologies will Gain Momentum in 2014

“This is the year that SDN and NFV move from the lab to field trials. Many carriers are in the process of moving from SDN/NFV proof-of-concept projects to working with vendors in the development and ‘productization’ of software that will become the basis for commercial deployments,” said Michael Howard, principal analyst at Infonetics Research.

Only 29% are currently implementing SDNs, but 52% plan to evaluate SDNs by the end of 2014. Nearly every carrier plans to deploy SDN (97%) or NFV (93%) in some aspect of their network.

via Infonetics Research

Smartphone Adoption in America is Now as Pervasive as Europe

The UK has long been one of the more advanced mobile markets in the world, with rapid adoption of smartphones. But consumers in the U.S. market are finally catching up to their British counterparts.

eMarketer expects 65% of U.S. mobile phone users, or 51.4% of the total population, to use a smartphone at least monthly in 2014.

via eMarketer

How China Became a Leader in the Global Networked Economy


It was 15 years ago that the Chinese Government – in its 5-year plan – stated that it wanted to connect all of its half million villages to the telecommunications network. At that point the plan simply called for narrowband telephone connections.

Now in 2014 over 95 percent of these villages are connected to fixed and mobile broadband networks.

via BuddeComm

Enterprise Femtocells will Gain Majority of the $4.3 Billion Market

The bring your own device (BYOD) to work phenomenon continues to impact IT budgets as demand for better in-office wireless coverage increases with each new wave of mobile business productivity applications.

Voice over IP (VoIP) and emerging video-based collaboration apps typically create the need for improved Wi-Fi or broadband 3G/4G cell coverage.

via Digital Lifescapes


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