The global market for cellular M2M connections is experiencing growth due to a combination of economic expansion, government initiatives, and vertical-specific demand. While operators around the world have launched M2M solutions, many have largely failed to meet their initial expectations and achieve significant ROIs. Additionally, many operators lack a clear strategy of where they want to fit in the overall value chain and are focusing their attention on smaller market opportunities.
This report examines the competitive global market for operator M2M services. Market quantification is provided for operator cellular connections both in the historical context and for future M2M connections, together with operator forecast projections through 2024 for nearly three dozen of the largest M2M MNOs, such as Vodafone, AT&T, China Mobile, Verizon, Sprint, SoftBank, T-Mobile, Deutsche Telekom, Telefonica, Orange, America Movil, China Unicom and TIM.
For operators to adequately address the M2M market opportunity, they must move beyond connectivity to provide specialized, value-added and vertical-specific solutions. The report details these opportunities and concludes with operator recommendations moving forward.