Qualcomm is starting to put its money where its mouth is in terms of the Internet of Things and is introducing a chipset line designed specifically for connected devices inside homes.
BLOOMINGTON, Minn.--Verizon Wireless unveiled a new retail concept meant to highlight connected devices on its LTE network, part of a broader national retail effort to educate consumers about LTE devices beyond smartphones, tablets and hotspots.
It could be called TV Mostly Everywhere. Verizon FiOS subscribers with iOS or Android-based devices or Kindle Fire will be able to "access popular television shows and movies" while away from their residential connections.
The next generation simply "gets it." They get the value of connectivity and being able to build applications around it. That one would connect a car, a home or a city made a lot of sense to them. There was no questioning "why" one would connect so many devices to the network. The promise of the connected world, in part, resides on the simple premise that the next generation will actually be working very hard to make it a reality, because they see it as a future that is entirely possible, if not a given.
The machine-to-machine market will continue to expand over the next several years, driven by the automotive, healthcare and utilities sectors, according to a report from research firm IHS.
Smart TVs are on the rise--at least as far as retail is concerned. And they're definitely on the consumer radar. Now it's up to service providers like Time Warner Cable and CE makers like Samsung to enhance the value of the connection.
The network still matters in M2M and depending on the vertical segment and specific use case, will matter more so than in others. To the extent a mobile operator can coalesce the right ecosystem partners and provide clearly differentiated network-based capabilities that strengthen an M2M application, it will be in a stronger position vis-à-vis pure play OTT players.
In a glass half full/half empty conundrum, a pair of analyst reports reached the conclusion that connected devices are making inroads into the consumer's home entertainment setup, but are not ubiquitous by any stretch of the imagination.
Sprint Nextel's announcement last week that it had inked a deal with module provider u-blox to be Sprint's preferred module provider for its 2G (1xRTT) CDMA network caught my attention for a few reasons, mainly because it's clearly designed at winning away machine-to-machine business from AT&T Mobility, which plans on shutting down its 2G network by 2017. I think Sprint can steal some of this business, and even though the customers and connections are low-bandwidth and provide low average revenue per user.
AT&T Mobility today officially launched its long-awaited Digital Life home security and automation service, an effort aimed at growing its business beyond smartphones. The carrier's base home security service will start at $30 per month.