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Free Webinar: The Global Explosion of M2M Connections

October 28, 2014 12:26 pm | Events

Register now for the ECN's webinar on M2M. According to Berg Insight states that the global number of mobile network connections used for wireless machine-to-machine (M2M) communication will increase by 21% in 2014 to reach 213.9 million at the year-end. Over the next five years, the global number of wireless M2M connections is forecasted to grow 22.9% each year to reach 599.7 million connections in 2019.


GSMA Summit Focuses on M2M Challenges, Opportunities

September 26, 2014 10:11 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

"We had predicted anywhere from 190 to 250...

Accenture Expects Complex Future as IoT Flourishes

September 10, 2014 12:00 am | by Andrew Berg | Articles | Comments

A recent study...

Connected Home, Connected Everything: Fragmentation Poses Opportunities

August 22, 2014 11:39 am | by Andrew Berg | Articles | Comments

Research firm IDC expects IoT to open up many IT vendors to the consumer market, providing B2B2C...

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Report: 3G/4G M2M Devices will Overtake 2G by 2018

August 22, 2014 8:52 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Berg Insight says the move has been driven by the phase out of 2G services in some countries. The firm notes that here in the US, AT&T plans to shut down its 2G network have profoundly changed the M2M hardware market. Berg Insight expects that a majority of the M2M devices shipped in North America will use 3G technology already in 2014. 

AT&T Puts Data in the Driver's Seat

July 15, 2014 2:06 pm | by Andrew Berg | Articles | Comments

"Each individual automaker will decide what's the best choice for them," Penrose said, noting that while GM is leaning heavily on AT&T's existing offerings-including day passes for those that don't want to commit to using data all the time-other automakers, like Tesla, have decided to include, or subsidize data, in the purchase price of the car. 

Report: Bumps in the Road for Connected Cars?

July 15, 2014 8:45 am | by Iain Gillott, Founder and President, iGR | Articles | Comments

With a slew of announcements from OEMs, mobile operators and technology vendors in the early part of 2014, the connected car market is picking up momentum.  In addition to announcements, a wider range of vehicles with new connected car capabilities, including LTE, are promised in 2014, with more to come in 2015 and beyond.


Semantics Aside, IoT Offers Huge Possibilities

June 11, 2014 1:39 pm | by Andrew Berg | Articles | Comments

Granted, IDC defines IoT broadly, as a "network of networks of uniquely identifiable endpoints (or "things") that communicate without human interaction using IP connectivity – be it 'locally' or globally." But perhaps the that kind of obtuse definition only speaks to the impermanence of the term and not the underlying technologies that are driving the market for these types of solutions.

Volvo Taps AT&T for In-Car Connectivity

April 16, 2014 11:17 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

AT&T has signed a multi-year agreement with Volvo to provide connectivity to Volvo's vehicles. According to a press release, AT&T will power Volvo's 2015 model year connected car solution with Sensus Connect, an embedded infotainment service. 

Audi Announces $99 5GB LTE Plan for In-Car System

March 11, 2014 9:00 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Automaker Audi has released data pricing for its in-car system, which is powered by AT&T LTE. According to a press release, AT&T will offer two data plan options, including a 6-month 5 GB plan for $99, as well as a 30-month 30 GB plan for $499.

Report: Global M2M Connections to Soar in 2014

February 18, 2014 10:07 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Ahead of Mobile World Congress, the GSMA today released new research that forecasts total global Machine-to-Machine (M2M) connections will hit a quarter of a billion this year. The study found that global M2M connections reached 195 million in 2013, growing at nearly 40 percent per year between 2010 and 2013. 

AT&T, IBM Partner on New IOC, M2M Solutions

February 18, 2014 10:04 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

AT&T and IBM today announced a partnership that aims to develop solutions that help support the “Internet of Things” (IOC). According to a press release, the two companies will combine their analytic platforms, cloud, and security technologies to gain more insights on data collected from machines in a variety of industries.


Feds to Decide on Car-to-Car Communications

February 3, 2014 10:09 am | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal officials are planning to announce whether automakers should be required to equip new cars and light trucks with technology that enables vehicles to communicate with each other to prevent collisions. Such vehicle-to-vehicle communication promises to transform traffic safety.

Sierra Wireless Acquires AnyData Corp.

October 11, 2013 10:28 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Sierra Wireless today announced that it has agreed to acquire substantially all of the assets of AnyDATA Corporation's M2M embedded module and modem business. The transaction is expected to close by the end of this month.

AT&T, GE Team to Connect Engines, Industrial Machines

October 9, 2013 9:38 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

AT&T and GE today annnounced a new agreement to enabled things like jet engines, locomatives and other industrial machines with wireless capabilities. AT&T and GE plan to develop offerings that meld AT&T network technologies with industrial products...

New Association Promotes Business Case for M2M

May 21, 2013 10:20 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

The world of M2M has just given rise to a new trade association announced yesterday ahead of CTIA 2013. The International M2M Council (IMC) says it aims to make M2M ubiquitous by helping companies install and manage communications between machines...

IBM’s MessageSight Looks Ready to Deal With the “Internet of Things”

April 30, 2013 9:01 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

IBM’s looking big picture at the needs of a smarter planet with the unveiling of its new appliance, MessageSight, which could come in handy once the “Internet of things” blows up in the consumer market. The message hub comes ready to handle the galaxy of micro-transactions connected devices...  


2G M2M Isn't Going Anywhere Just Yet

March 21, 2013 11:32 am | by Andrew Berg | Articles | Comments

While the flashy aspects of LTE grab most of the headlines these days, there's still evidence that a host of M2M solutions will keep those lowly 2G networks in business for years to come. According to Cisco's annual mobile data forecast, fully 64 percent of global mobile M2M...

Advancing M2M Across Newer Cellular Technologies: Considerations and Options for Success

March 21, 2013 11:21 am | by Larry Zibrik, VP Market Development, Sierra Wireless | Articles | Comments

Across the globe, M2M deployments continue to accelerate at a rapid pace and with operators continuing to upgrade networks with newer technologies, it calls to question what options and considerations should be weighed when deciding on cellular technologies...

Wireless Connections Creep Into Everyday Things

February 27, 2013 9:33 am | by Peter Svensson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

A car that tells your insurance company how you're driving. A bathroom scale that lets you chart your weight on the Web. And a meter that warns your air conditioner when electricity gets more expensive. Welcome to the next phase of the wireless revolution...

Lafayette Tracks Workers with Satellite System

November 23, 2011 5:59 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Lafayette city-parish government's new satellite vehicle tracking system has begun identifying employees in public vehicles who speed, fail to use their seat belts and drop by their homes during work hours.

Operators Poised for Success in M2M

August 2, 2011 6:13 pm | by Anantha Ramu, Acision | Articles | Comments

The question is: How will operators optimize their position in the M2M value chain and offer rich M2M communications quickly, cheaply, securely and reliably?

Road Ahead: Connected Cars

July 23, 2011 6:55 pm | by Monica Alleven | Articles | Comments

Whether the U.S. Department of Transportation likes it or not, cars are increasingly getting connected. And there’s a bigger role for wireless carriers to play.

SignalSet Is In It for the Long Haul

June 17, 2011 8:05 am | by Monica Alleven | News | Comments

M2M solutions provider SignalSet landed its first OEM partner, and it's a big one: PACCAR...

T-Mobile Shifts M2M Business to RACO

May 16, 2011 8:02 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

T-Mobile USA is making some changes to its machine-to-machine (M2M) business, shifting those duties to RACO Wireless.

Norway's Telenor Starts Major M2M Push in United States

May 16, 2011 8:00 am | by Maisie Ramsay | News | Comments

Telecommunications giant Telenor is looking to extend its formidable presence into the United States.

Analyst Corner - Consumers to Expedite an M2M World

March 28, 2011 2:41 pm | by Steve Hilton | Articles | Comments

The growth of the M2M industry is set to thrive over the next 10 years as mobile operators and vendors seek ways to offset the decline in mobile ARPU from consumers.

nPhase Debuts 'Missing Link' for M2M Development

March 18, 2011 7:59 am | by Maisie Ramsay | News | Comments

Often, when companies outside the wireless industry decide they want to use machine-to-machine (M2M) technology, they start from the ground up...

Are We There Yet? The 'Connected World'

March 9, 2011 3:32 pm | by Rob Dalgety, Mformation | Articles | Comments

If we are not there yet, we must be on the threshold, but as with many a revolution, change can often have cascading impacts.

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