For MNOs, IoT Opportunity Lies beyond the Underlying Connection Technology

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2Q 2019 | IN-5457


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In February 2019, AT&T and Vodafone announced a business partnership to develop cutting-edge connected car solutions and experiences for end-user customers throughout North America, Europe, and Africa. The focus for both operators is to simplify the process of deploying these solutions while also increasing their value propositions. Additionally, the operators announced that the key focus for this connected car endeavor would be on leveraging 5G and autonomous vehicle technology and the intersection of the connected car with smart cities.

For AT&T and Vodafone, two of the most successful Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) globally in terms of both Internet of Things (IoT) connections and revenues, this focus on building out and deploying innovative 5G technologies makes sense. They have the proven track records of success in leveraging existing and new technology infrastructures to develop end-to-end solutions that drive value for their Business-to-Business (B2B) and Business-to-Business-to-Consumer (B2B2C) end-users. 5G provides them with the opportunity to develop…

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