The number of smart homes in Europe and North America reached 10.6 million in 2014, according to a new research report from Berg Insight. The European market is two to three years behind North America in terms of penetration and market maturity, the research firm found.
Startup firm M2M Spectrum Networks (a 2014 Fierce 15 winner) has launched its network in almost all the cities it intended to by year-end, but it has not yet announced any commercial customers and is still refining its business plan. The company still aims to provide a dedicated wireless network for M2M connectivity in ways that Tier 1 carriers can't or won't provide.
We are currently on the brink of dramatic change and market expansion which might well become as significant as the smartphone revolution, with a large proportion of objects communicating with each other and being constantly connected to the Internet. Many of these will connect through wires, fibre and Wi-Fi, and some will use cellular communications to do so. However, most will also become accessible and controllable by personal mobile devices including smartphones and tablets.
Top-performing IoT carriers over the next two to three years will focus on their evolution from providing legacy M2M connectivity services to offering a solution that extends IT-based technologies into operational technology organisations.
Former Qualcomm executive Rob Chandhok is channeling his expertise in the Internet of Things market into an IoT startup, Helium Systems, where he has just taken the role of president and COO.
The third-quarter earnings season is coming to a close, so now it's time to see how the nation's top wireless carriers stacked up against each other in terms of key metrics. Jackdaw Research analyst Jan Dawson has assembled these slides that provide an in-depth look at how the largest carriers fared in the quarter.
Jackdaw Research analyst Jan Dawson has assembled these slides that provide an in-depth look at how Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile performed in the third quarter. Dawson also covers América Móvil's U.S. MVNO, TracFone Wireless, which is by far the nation's largest MVNO. Dawson's research covers relatively standard metrics including revenue growth and net adds, but also includes deep dives into prepaid vs. postpaid performance, subscriber acquisitions vs. losses, and net additions by device type.
Qualcomm said it agreed to buy British Bluetooth chipset specialist CSR for £1.56 billion ($2.49 billion), giving it a leg up in the connect car and Internet of Things markets, which are set to grow substantially.
Verizon Communications is teaming up with General Electric to provide connectivity for GE's software-enabled industrial machines and devices. The partnership comes exactly a year after GE and AT&T struck a similar arrangement.
Fiber broadband-connected homes have a higher number of devices--10 percent more, on average--than homes that connect to the Internet in other ways, a study by Parks Associates reveals. Smartphones, tablets and gaming consoles top the list of devices in those homes.