Tag: M2M

The IoT is on the up and up, driven by smart home devices

The IoT is on the up and up, driven by smart home devices

Written by on October 30, 2017 in Features, News with 0 Comments

The IoT continues to expand rapidly, and the smart home will be one of the keys to further growth through the 2020s, according to new research from Strategy Analytics. The report found that nearly 20 billion IoT and connected devices will be deployed worldwide by the end of this year, and a further 10 billion will […]

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eSIM, towards a standardised approach for roaming ‘things’

eSIM, towards a standardised approach for roaming ‘things’

Written by on February 23, 2016 in Guest Blog with 3 Comments

Embedded SIM cards have become a necessary evil for mobile operators. The SIM has been a source of power for them for so long, that attempts by Apple and others to introduce embedded SIMs which they, not the MNO activated, were seen as an assault on the foundations of the business model. But with the […]

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Why do machines not pay roaming charges?

Why do machines not pay roaming charges?

Written by on January 14, 2016 in Billing & Payments, Opinion with 0 Comments

A new study by Machina Research and Starhome Mach illustrates just how big the explosion in M2M roaming is. In itself, this should be a good thing, but there are a couple of issues that make it complicated. First, the profile of traffic is very different from human traffic and this makes it hard, if […]

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World’s first PVNO launches M2M proxy solution

World’s first PVNO launches M2M proxy solution

Written by on November 20, 2015 in News with 0 Comments

A Dutch utility company, serving millions of M2M devices (smart meters, gateways and remote telemetry units) has become the world’s first Private Virtual Network Operator (PVNO). This follows the recent introduction by the Dutch telecommunications regulator of a unique, industry changing legislative framework that enables enterprises to become communication service providers. Enterprises can register as […]

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In M2M and IoT, we need perspective

In M2M and IoT, we need perspective

Written by on November 2, 2015 in Guest Blog with 0 Comments

When it comes to introducing new technologies to any sector, understanding the cultural issues of the business communities involved can be just as critical as the choice of system or vendor. In IoT / M2M, do we need a new breed of ‘digital anthropologist’ to help us navigate this emerging terrain and what skill sets we’ll […]

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Is the future of billing – evolution, revolution or devolution?

Is the future of billing – evolution, revolution or devolution?

Written by on August 13, 2015 in BillingViews, Opinion with 4 Comments

Billing used to be the center of the BSS universe. At least that’s what I used to think. Nowadays I’m not even sure whether it’s just a distant planet or even in the same galaxy! What used to be deemed the crown jewel of every telco operator, billing is hardly mentioned these days, seemingly overwhelmed […]

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Making everything ‘smart’ is a really dumb idea

Making everything ‘smart’ is a really dumb idea

Written by on May 18, 2015 in Opinion with 0 Comments

The most over-used and over-rated word in use today must be ‘smart.’ It’s being used as an adjective to describe almost anything that wants to be hip or cool – rather than ‘clever.’ The digital world has deemed that every intangible element needs to become smart in order to play a part in the new […]

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IoT’s hype cycle

IoT’s hype cycle

Written by on January 6, 2015 in BillingViews, Opinion with 0 Comments

The usual (or unusual) array of weird and wonderful products are being touted in Las Vegas, at the annual CES show. Cars that park themselves, plants that look after themselves, robots that are cool just because they are tiny, nothing is not possible. Almost everywhere the Internet of Things (IoT) is emerging and evolving. While […]

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IoT hots up, set to disappear

IoT hots up, set to disappear

Written by on December 2, 2014 in BillingViews, Opinion with 4 Comments

Finance advisors Hampleton report that $9.4 billion has been spent in buying Internet of Things (IoT) companies over the past three years. An eye watering $5 billion of that was invested in the first nine months of 2014. According to IDC, it is a market that is set to be work $7.1 trillion by 2020. […]

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Does the Internet of Things – actually everything – hinge on billing?

Does the Internet of Things – actually everything – hinge on billing?

Written by on August 8, 2014 in BillingViews, News with 0 Comments

There seem to be an almost equal number of new opportunities for communications providers as threats. On the one hand we hear that the ‘bread and butter’ revenues of telecoms companies – voice and SMS – are being eroded by OTT players. One of the other hand we see a host of new revenue opportunities […]

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