M2M network solutions provider Neul, in conjunction with Vodafone and other leading industry players, has announced the publication of a White Paper outlining the best choices for future M2M technologies for mobile network operators (MNO).
With the predicted number of machine-to-machine (M2M) connected devices set to reach almost 20 billion, Machina research recently stated that the mobile network operator revenue potential for the Internet of Things will be around $1.3 trillion by 2020.
Until now, MNOs have yet to address the problem of supporting the Internet of Things. This white paper, titled: ‘A Choice of Future m2m Access Technologies for Mobile Network Operators’, explores two alternative approaches to address these concerns: an evolution of LTE or the development of a dedicated new radio access technology.
With input from a range of network and device suppliers, operators and academics including: Alcatel Lucent, Huawei, Verizon Wireless, Vodafone and Neul, the paper sets out an industry vision of how an affordable M2M solution could be developed.
The paper outlines how such a solution could be developed, either as part of or a complement to the evolution of current cellular technologies. Most importantly it answers the question of how mobile operators can provide connectivity for different types of connected devices, helping them to take advantage of the mass Internet of Things market.
Neul CEO Stan Boland remarked (pictured): “Mobile network operators are well placed to take advantage of a large proportion of the Internet of Things opportunity as they already have the required infrastructure in place.
“However, as this white paper highlights, if they are to achieve an affordable M2M solution, mobile network operators must work closely with network and device suppliers to develop an agreed industry-wide technology standard which enables connectivity on a mass scale.”
To download a full copy of the white paper click here.