M2M - A boon for telcos

Are a small number of industry giants set to dominate the M2M market?
Telecom heavweights will dominate the M2M sector, according to Analysys Mason.
Telecom heavweights will dominate the M2M sector, according to Analysys Mason.


M2M is set to be one of the fastest-growing connectivity sectors in the next decade, which will have far-reaching implications for operators, vendors and networks, according to research from Analysys Mason.

Some service providers are successfully implementing strategies to seize their share of the market, but others risk getting lost in the market or becoming afterthoughts, according to the M2M scorecard for communications service providers: 2012 from Analysys Mason.

Analysys Mason surveyed CSPs on all relevant aspects of M2M, including the size of their businesses, partnerships, target segments served, research and development activities, organisational structure, and network and standards implications.

“The M2M ‘industry icons’, such as AT&T, Deutsche Telekom, Orange, Telefónica and Vodafone, dominate the market with the largest M2M businesses in terms of the number of enterprise device connections. They have shown themselves capable of co-ordinating large organisations, networks, partnerships, strategy and R&D to work towards success,” says Steve Hilton, principal Analyst at Analysys Mason and author of the report.

“But there are smaller-sized CSPs that are creating successful strategies as well. These so-called ‘niche notables’ include Sprint and TeliaSonera,” continues Hilton. The report also describes the steps that CSPs can take to improve the performance of their M2M businesses.

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