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Global Smart Cities - Planning for a Sustainable Future - Analysis and Trends

Global Smart Cities - Planning for a Sustainable Future - Analysis and Trends

High-speed broadband infrastructure plays an important role in Smart Cities

With the majority of citizens living in urban centres around the world, there has been a growing interest in ensuring these highly concentrated populations are living in the most sustainable and efficient environments possible.

Smart Cities offer the ability to manage our growing populations and the limited resources and environmental issues we face. In addition there is the potential to provide important social services and utilities both more efficiently and at a higher quality.

Smart city planning requires a holistic view and the co-ordination and support from many different sectors including government, private enterprise, energy industry, healthcare industry, transport and ICT sector – just to name a few.

Smart grids, together with fixed broadband infrastructure based on Fibre-to-the-Home (FttH), are one the key elements of smart cities. New technologies such as 4½ G (LTE-A) and 5G are also going to play a key role in the providing the underlying infrastructure required to advance smart cities.

It is timely to consider how important it is to get the underlying infrastructure right in order to provide the foundation for the development of smart cities – and this is where the telecommunications industry comes into play.

There are the enormous developments occurring for the Internet of Things (IoT) movement with spending in this area alone expected to grow substantially over the next 4-5 years. Already billions of devices around the world are connected and emerging Artificial Intelligence developments will benefit from a highly connected environment.

Look towards 2019, we can see there are a number of countries showing leadership in smart city development and many of these also have extensive high-speed fixed and mobile broadband networks in place. Investments in telecommunications infrastructure along with machine-to-machine and IoT initiatives are paramount for these cities and countries to quickly progress towards our smart nations of the future.

BuddeComm has been monitoring smart city developments for many years and this report provides valuable insights into the ongoing transition towards our smart communities of the future. The report provides information on the key components of smart cities and identifies the countries which are showing leadership in this regard.

The report includes analysis and statistics on the fixed and mobile broadband infrastructure sectors as this is a core component required for smart cities to evolve. In addition, the report provides valuable insights and statistics on developments relating to the Internet of Things (IoT) and Machine-to-Machine (M2M) communications as these interconnection abilities are also crucial to smart city development.

Key developments:

Growing energy consumption will create increased in competition and managing resources and energy efficiency will become very important.
Global spending on IoT will reach over US$1 trillion in the next few years.
China is earmarked as a global leader in many aspects of developments relating to smart cities.
Shipments of mobile IoT devices are increasing at a rapid rate.
Asia represents the largest region in terms of IoT spending.
In terms of broadband access technologies – FttX now accounts for the largest market share worldwide.
LTE technology is expected to carry most of the mobile traffic for at least the next decade - alongside a slow transition to 5G.


  • EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
  • SMART CITIES - TOWARDS 2019
    • SMART CITY ANALYSIS AND TRENDS
      • Smart cities for sustainability
        • Table Smart cities - global market value - 2017-2019; 2025
      • Increasing global pressures: population growth
      • Key components of smart cities
      • The drivers behind smart cities
      • Smart grids should be developed in conjunction
      • High-speed broadband: the foundation of smart cities
        • Table Top 10 countries by average fixed broadband connection speeds - Q1 2017
      • Examples of leading smart cities
      • Case study: Adelaide, Australia
      • Smart Transport
      • Smart home automation
      • Standardising global smart city deployment
  • IOT AND M2M - CORE ELEMENTS OF SMART CITIES
    • GLOBAL IOT AND M2M MARKET
      • The global IoT market
      • IoT spending
        • Table Global - IoT spending - 2017 - 2022
      • M2M and connected devices
        • Table Global M2M module shipments - 2015; 2017; 2020; 2023
      • M2M opportunities for telcos
      • Radio-frequency identification (RFID)
        • Table Global RFID market value - 2018 - 2023
  • SMART CITIES - HIGH-SPEED FIXED BROADBAND INFRASTRUCTURE IS REQUIRED
    • GLOBAL FIXED BROADBAND MARKET
      • Global fixed broadband market summary and statistics
        • Table Global - Internet users and annual change - 2010 - 2018
        • Table Global - fixed broadband subscribers - 2005 - 2018
        • Table Regional - fixed broadband subscriptions - 2017
        • Table Top 10 countries by fixed broadband subscribers and global market share - 2017
        • Table Global - broadband market share by access technology - 2013; 2016
        • Table Global - average broadband speed by mb/s - 2012 - 2018
        • Table Top 10 countries by average broadband connection speeds - Q1 2017
        • Table Top 10 countries by high broadband connectivity of above 10Mb/s - 2015; 2016
        • Table Top 10 countries by high broadband connectivity of above 15Mb/s - 2016
      • Case study - South Korea is a global broadband leader
        • Table South Korea - fixed broadband subscribers and penetration (with Forecast) - 2007 - 2022
      • Robust infrastructure will help with cyber-security
        • Table Global IT security spending - 2011 - 2018
        • Table Global IT security spending by segment - 2018
  • SMART CITIES - SOPHISTICATED MOBILE TECHNOLOGIES ARE REQUIRED
    • GLOBAL 4G LTE MARKET
      • Market analysis
        • Table Global LTE subscribers - 2011 - 2022
        • Table Global LTE network growth - 2010 - 2018
        • Table LTE penetration by region - Q1 2017; Q4 2017
      • Global VoLTE overview
        • Table Global VoLTE subscribers - 2017, 2022
      • LTE and spectrum use
      • Other LTE trends
      • Global WiFi market
        • Table Global number of public Wi-Fi hotspots - 2015; 2016; 2020; 2021
        • Table Global number of public and private homespots - 2015; 2020
        • Table Global Bluetooth device shipments- 2012 - 2021
    • GLOBAL 5G MARKET
      • 5G is an evolutionary process
      • 5G in the global context
        • Table Global - market share of mobile technologies - 2018
        • Table Global - 5G connections - 2019 - 2022
        • Table Global -mobile technologies by connections (including 5G) - 2019 - 2022
      • The spectrum issue
      • Regional overview of progress towards 5G
        • Table Examples of selected countries demonstrating 5G progress
      • 5G - brief country case studies
      • Key considerations for governments and operators
      • Key industry consortiums
      • 5G technologies and services
      • The role of fibre in the development of 5G

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