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UnTelco in Smart Cities: Telco Opportunities and Market Activities

In this report, ABI Research analyses the UnTelco opportunity in the smart cities market. ABI Research coined the concept “UnTelco” to define those activities, strategies, and opportunities that Mobile Service Providers (MSPs) should pursue beyond their traditional offerings to foster their revenue growth. As revenue from the mobile consumer market continues to decline, telco vendors and operators are looking at other verticals for new UnTelco growth opportunities.

The smart cities market is unique as it includes players from both the industry and the public space and is built on multiple subverticals, applications, and technologies. The uniqueness of the market creates multiple opportunities for MSPs to deliver connectivity but also to move up the value chain providing services such as analytics and system integration. In this report, ABI Research explores the key trends and technologies defining the market as well as telco and UnTelco initiatives, strategies, and opportunities that MSPs use in this highly potential and multifaceted market. It also provides the smart cities UnTelco market forecast as well as recommendations for MSPs to become leading players in this market. The report discusses the activities and strategies of leading MSPs and network vendors such as Verizon, AT&T, Deutsche Telekom, KT Corporation, Huawei, and Cisco. Topics discussed in the report include, the role and opportunity for 5G, companies and dynamics in the smart city platform layer, challenges and innovation related with business models, MSPs’ smart city strategies and their integration with the wider company’s strategy and priorities, solutions and roles for MSPs in the smart city market, and technology impacting the market such as 5G, LPWAN, big data analytics, autonomous vehicles, and blockchain.

Table of Contents

  • 1. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
  • 2. RECOMMENDATIONS
  • 3. THE UNTELCO CONCEPT
  • 4. THE SMART CITIES MARKET
    • 4.1. Key Smart Cities Trends
    • 4.2. Key Smart Cities Technologies
  • 5. TRADITIONAL TELCO ACTIVITIES
    • 5.1. Between Telco and UnTelco: San Diego Case Study
  • 6. UNTELCO OPPORTUNITITES IN SMART CITIES
    • 6.1. UnTelco Opportunities
    • 6.2. All MSPs Are Interested in Smart Cities
    • 6.3. MSPs Working as Solution Providers/System Integrators
    • 6.4. A Market of Verticals: The Example of Safety and Security
    • 6.5. What Is the Role of Private LTE and LPWAN in Smart Cities?
  • 7. COMPETITION RAMPS UP IN THE PLATFORM LAYER
    • 7.1. The Role of Platforms and Value-Added Services
    • 7.2. MSPs' Smart City Platform
    • 7.3. Network Vendor Platforms
  • 8. 5G AND SMART CITIES
    • 8.1. Can 5G Unlock the Future of Smart Cities?
    • 8.2. Roadblock to the Future of 5G in Smart Cities
  • 9. UNTELCO CASE STUDIES
    • 9.1. Verizon-Sacramento
    • 9.2. AT&T: Spotlight Cities
  • 10. FORECAST
  • 11. COMPANY PROFILES
    • 11.1. Cisco
    • 11.2. Ericsson
    • 11.3. Nokia
    • 11.4. Singtel
    • 11.5. SmIght