The Global Wireless M2M Market is the sixth consecutive
report analysing the latest market developments in all regions
of the world.
This strategic research report from Berg Insight provides you
with 260 pages of unique business intelligence including
5-year industry forecasts and expert commentary on which to
base your business decisions.
Highlights from the sixth edition of the report:
360-degree overview of the M2M ecosystem.
Updated profiles of the main suppliers of wireless M2M
modules and software platforms.
Reviews of the M2M strategies of leading mobile
Summary of industry trends in key vertical market
Statistical data on M2M subscribers in Europe, the
Americas and Asia-Pacific.
Extensive global and regional market forecasts lasting
This report answers the following questions:
How will the global wireless M2M market evolve over
the next five years?
What are the main drivers behind growth in major
regions and industries?
What is the status of M2M in emerging markets?
What are the leading global mobile operators’
strategies for the M2M market?
Which are the strategic options for moving up the
M2M value chain?
Who are the leading providers of M2M connectivity
and application enablement platforms?
How are 3G/4G technologies transforming the M2M
How can CSPs fulfill global connectivity needs?
The global wireless M2M market performed well in 2013, displaying growth in all major world
regions and vertical segments. Berg Insight estimates that shipments of cellular M2M devices
increased by 13.5 percent to a new record level of 68.0 million units. Adjusted for churn, this
resulted in net additions of 33.4 million M2M connections in 2013, taking the worldwide
number of cellular M2M subscribers to an estimated 176.4 million. Until 2019, Berg Insight
forecasts that shipments of cellular M2M devices are forecasted to grow at a compound
annual growth rate (CAGR) of 20.4 percent to reach 207.8 million units. Due to the wide
adoption of wireless M2M technology across many industries, a substantial share of M2M
device shipments is now generated from replacement sales. Furthermore there will be a
growing number of dormant devices in segments such as automotive and consumer
electronics that never become activated. As a result the net increase of M2M subscribers will
be substantially lower than M2M device shipments. Berg Insight forecasts that the number of
cellular M2M connections will grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 22.9
percent between 2014 and 2019 to reach 599.7 million at the end of the period.
M2M and connected devices are widely recognised as key future growth markets among the
leading players in the mobile telecommunications industry. China Mobile reported 32.0
million M2M subscribers in China at the end of 2013. Vodafone is the largest international
provider of M2M connectivity, as well as a major regional player in Europe, with a reported
subscriber base of 15.2 million. AT&T was number one in the US market reporting 16.3
million M2M subscribers, ahead of Verizon Wireless at approximately 9.0 million. Telefónica
ranked number five worldwide, with 8.6 million reported M2M subscribers in Europe and Latin
America, barely ahead of China Unicom with approximately 8.5 million. Other top ten players
included Softbank/Sprint, Deutsche Telekom, Telenor and America Móvil with between 6.7
million and 8.0 million M2M subscribers each.
The mega-trend driving technology adoption in Europe and North America is what Berg
Insight calls the concept of connected management. The IT-revolution has created new
opportunities to collect and analyse data for the purpose of managing objects and
behaviours. Connected management is based on the connection of remote devices to
applications for the purpose of managing assets & products, costs & revenues, relationships
& behaviour etcetera. The connected car is a typical application area where automobile
manufacturers develop solutions enabling themselves and the driver to manage the vehicle
and the driving experience through a range of applications. Connected fleets is the
underlying trend for most other vehicle-based applications that enable fleet operators and
external stakeholders such as governments, insurance companies and financial service
providers to manage vehicles, operations, risks and revenues associated to the vehicle such
as taxes and insurance premiums. The Connected Enterprise is emerging as a blueprint for
corporate management, based on the vision that every asset and product should be directly
linked to the enterprise network, feeding data in real-time to relevant IT-systems.
China has emerged as the world’s largest market for wireless M2M communications in terms
of installed base and recorded massive growth rates over the past years. The Chinese M2M
market is strongly influenced by centralised planning by the national government. During the
first half of 2012, the Chinese government announced a series of initiatives for the IoT sector
as part of the 12th five-year plan for the period 2011–2015. IoT was selected as one of the
main national strategic emerging industries, with a particular focus on smart sensors and
RFID technologies. Cellular M2M technology is also finding many applications, particularly in
smart grid, intelligent transportation and public safety. China’s national utility State Grid
began deploying smart meters on a large scale during 2011 and expects to cover the vast
majority of its customers by the end of 2015. During 2012 and 2013, the utility procured
around 18 million data concentrators for the rollout, which Berg Insight believes accounted
for a significant part of the reported net additions of M2M subscribers in China during the
About the Author
Tobias Rydberg is co-founder and principal analyst
responsible for the M2M research series. He is an
experienced analyst and author of numerous articles
and reports about IT and telecom for leading Swedish
and international publishers. All major vertical market
segments for Wireless M2M have been his major research
area for the past 11 years.
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