Does IoT define the digital telco?

Written by on June 25, 2015 in Guest Blog with 0 Comments

Microchip background - technology conceptI have been involved in a lot of discussions recently around Digital Telco. The term Digital Telco has crept into our common language over time, but it has never been well defined.  It is often used as a synonym for the “Next Generation Telco.” While it is a breath of fresh air not to see the dreaded NG once again, the Digital Telco term is rather amorphic. To pin down the somewhat eclectic definition, I thought I’d take a look at the various Digital Telco leaders to understand better. The first thing that came to mind is IoT.


Most folks are in agreement that IoT (sometimes referred to as IoE, as if Things just isn’t big enough) is a central component of the Digital Telco persona/definition. IoT and related services cut across a breadth of verticals and industries (example: agriculture, automotive, aviation, energy, healthcare, transportation, security and supply chain logistics). And, by the way, have you got your Fitbit yet?

Just last week AT&T released this announcement regarding IOT.  The numbers are becoming truly staggering.

AT&T1 is connecting more people, processes and machines with the Internet of Things (IoT). Since January 2015, AT&T has struck IoT agreements with more than 136 companies across numerous industries. The AT&T network had nearly 22 million IoT connected devices worldwide as of March 31, 2015. More than 945,000 smart devices connected during the first quarter of this year. That’s 70 percent more than the same quarter a year ago. Of those devices, 684,000 were connected cars. AT&T is leading the industry, working with eight of the top automakers.

Check out some of the options on AT&T’s DigitalLife store here where IoT has been productized as being offered today to end-users as a service.

Earlier this month, SK Telecom announced the launch of an open IoT platform service.  The new service named “ThingPlug” is based on the global IoT standard “oneM2M” and is compatible with diverse devices and applications developed by third-party partners.  This comes hot on the heels of its Smart Home service launched just last month.  The event launch included a number of vendor partners – it unveiled a dehumidifier, boiler, door lock and gas valve lock that are compatible with the new service. It also announced plans to open related APIs this year to encourage developers and household appliance manufacturers to contribute.  SKT said users can control all the connected devices through a single smartphone application, instead of having to install an app for each appliance.

More Here.. [Korea Times]

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Jonathon Gordon

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About the Author: Jonathon has been lurking around the Telecoms and Internet space for the last 20 years. He is now a man on a mission – that being the reformation of the Industry Analyst business. He is working with his co-conspirators on transforming the Industry Analyst world forever as an Expert with EMI. .


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