Mobile, M2M Connected Devices To Surpass 400 Million By 2014

— January 22, 2010

According to Juniper Research, the number of Mobile Connected M2M and Embedded Devices will rise to almost 412 million globally by 2014 with several distinct markets accounting for the increase in their number.

The markets include: Utility metering, Mobile Connected Buildings, Consumer & Commercial Telematics and Retail & Banking Connections. These areas will all show substantial growth in both device numbers and in the service revenues they represent, while Healthcare monitoring applications will begin to reach the commercial rollout stage from 2012:

"The most widespread category will be connections related to smart metering, driven partly by government initiatives to reduce carbon emissions," says Anthony Cox, Senior Analyst at Juniper Research. Other areas, such as the healthcare sector, will ultimately see more potential in achieving service revenues, he says.

Further findings from the Embedded Mobile and M2M research include:
-- Saturation in operators' core businesses is leading mobile operators
to re-evaluate and invest in the potential of M2M
-- Operators and M2M specialists recognise that scale is key, since ARPU
for M2M and embedded devices is lower than for standard mobile services
-- Regulatory initiatives in different geographical areas will provide
an important fillip for the M2M market such as European Directives on smart
metering
-- With the exception of certain consumer applications such as mobile
gaming and eReaders, 3G's use for M2M applications will be limited for the
immediate future as M2M usually does not require the high bandwidth 3G
affords

The report includes major analysis of the current state of play in the Embedded Mobile and M2M market and contains six year forecasts for key mobile M2M parameters and attributable service revenues including: the number of connected buildings, mobile connected utility meters, new consumer vehicles, on-board M2M systems, mobile connected commercial vehicles, mobile telematics devices, mobile healthcare, number of monitored individuals.

M2M Whitepaper and further details of the study 'Embedded Mobile & M2M Strategies: Healthcare, Telematics, Metering & Connected Buildings 2009-2014' can be freely downloaded here.

Juniper Research provides research and analytical services to the global hi-tech communications sector, providing consultancy, analyst reports and industry commentary.

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