Device connectivity unlocks value – operator opportunity in an emerging business environment
New revenue opportunities are emerging for mobile operators through the delivery of machine-to-machine (M2M) and consumer-device connectivity services, which add value for enterprises and consumers. Maximizing revenues in this area demands a cost-efficient, flexible approach that enables a high degree of differentiation and customization.
The world is already highly connected and it's about to get even more so: today, there are about five billion mobile subscriptions worldwide. As devices of all kinds become connected, there will be more mobile subscriptions than people on the planet. Ericsson envisions an increase in the number of connected devices by a factor of ten over the coming decade.
The mass market for M2M and consumer device connectivity is growing fast and represents an enormous opportunity for mobile operators who can address the challenge of delivering cost-effective and customized connectivity with minimal process costs.
A broad range of industries will deploy connected devices; everything from transport and health care, mining and agriculture, to manufacturing and commerce (in areas such as point of sale, vending, remote information displays and digital signage).
To serve the divergent needs of these different segments, operators will need provisioning systems capable of handling very large numbers of connections, as well as infrastructure with QoS mechanisms that can handle massive amounts of simultaneous differentiated sessions.