Given the current saturation in many of the mobile communication markets across the globe, it’s not surprising that Machine-to-Machine (M2M) and the Internet of Things (IoT) technologies are now a high priority for telecom service providers who seek ways to create new revenue streams.
Telecom services and American healthcare technology are becoming closely intertwined. According to the latest market study by Parks Associates, over two-thirds of U.S. broadband households already use a healthcare related mobile software app or portal on a monthly basis.
The Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) program claims that it will provide Internet access of at least 24 Mbps to 95% of the country by 2017 through fibre to the cabinet, where fast fibre optic networks connect BT exchanges to street cabinets dotted around towns and villages.
Thanks to the growth of the Mobile Internet, there are now three numbers that are relevant to the global digital divide – 94, 50 and 36. All three are amazing, and underlie a new way to approach the digital divide that focuses on availability, affordability and relevance.
As the cost of healthcare rises and leaders address the challenges posed by aging populations, greater focus must be placed upon preventive care and providing assistance within the home — essentially creating the environment for managed aging-in-place.
Although Telcos have been cautious about pursuing disruption, several global leaders have created entirely new value propositions, effectively disrupting either their core business or adjacent industry sectors. In some cases, these disruptive moves have been defensive.
via Telco 2.0