Logistics and Utilities Still Dominate M2M Customer Base

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The automotive transport logistics and utility segments together account for nearly half of all M2M connections according to a survey by Infonetics Research.

In addition, M2M is still predominately 2G: LTE remains nascent, making up only 1% of total devices; however, both 2G and LTE are expected to be the fastest-growing M2M access technologies in the near term

National coverage tops the list of M2M solution features rated very important by respondents, followed by web-based management tools and service-level agreements (SLAs).

"Service provider focus and prioritization of the M2M segment has been a relatively recent phenomenon, but as our latest M2M service provider survey shows, M2M is now scaling to be a significant business for a good number of providers around the world," notes Godfrey Chua, directing analyst for M2M and The Internet of Things at Infonetics Research.

Continues Chua: "The leading tier of M2M players have committed meaningful resources to developing their M2M businesses and now have significant scale to show for it - between 2 million to just under 10 million M2M connections. They have strategies in place and have created standalone M2M business units comprised of overlay go-to-market and technical organizations. M2M is no longer just an extension of the enterprise business unit for these service providers."

The survey also found that for many service providers entering the M2M space, a service platform is key to jump-starting an M2M business: Those surveyed most often named Jasper Wireless and Ericsson as the top M2M platform providers. Meanwhile, 55% of respondents are using internally-developed M2M service platforms.

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