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Global Telecoms - Smart Grids and M2M

  • EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
  • SMART GRIDS INSIGHTS AND DEVELOPMENTS
    • SMART GRIDS-AN IMPORTANT INFRASTRUCTURE
      • A concept, not a technology
      • Smart grid vision
      • Smart grid market
        • Table Value of the global smart grid market - 2012 - 2016
      • Government policies and regulations
      • Smart energy
      • Smart grids, smart infrastructure, smart buildings and smart cities
      • Opportunities for the smart infrastructure
    • SMART METERS
      • Market summary
        • Table Worldwide smart meter shipments - 2012; 2016
      • Smart meters and consumer issues
      • Smart meters and the utilities
      • Other smart meter opportunities
    • SMART GRIDS AND THE ENERGY INDUSTRY
      • Electricity - Telcoms: market comparison
      • Infrastructure
      • What makes a smart device smart?
      • Market and industry dynamics
      • Keys to success
      • Industry collaboration
      • Key aim - Renewables
        • Table Annual growth renewable energy (worldwide) - 2010
      • Renewables should drive the energy agenda
      • Geo-political power based on clean energy
      • No investments without an ETS
      • Energy saving not in the interest of the owners of the retailers
      • Disruptive energy
      • Conclusion: Energy remains cheap
    • SMART GRIDS AND CONSUMER ISSUES
      • Customers needs to become central
      • Brief case study: BGE smart grid services
      • Smart appliances
  • MACHINE-TO-MACHINE (M2M) - A KEY GLOBAL TREND
    • M2M AND THE INTERNET OF THINGS (IOT)
      • `Things'
      • From SCaDa to IoT
        • Table Worldwide connected devices
      • Sensors
      • Sensor applications for a smarter world
      • RFID
        • Table RFID spectrum frequencies and application examples
      • Change in services driven by sensing and monitoring information
      • Who will dominate the IoT market?
      • Building smart communities and smart countries
      • Stage one - infrastructure
      • Stage two - trans-sector policies
      • Stage three - the business game-changer
      • Application examples
      • Staggering IoT predictions
    • FAST BROADBAND AND THE IOT
      • Introduction
      • Economic and social multiplier effects
      • Why did we get it so wrong in the first place?
      • Smart policies will assist in budget-cutting
      • Differences between fast broadband approaches
      • Trans-sector requires intelligent approach towards measurement
      • Massive increase in efficiency, productivity and customer satisfaction
      • Privacy is paramount
      • Conclusion: a market of nine billion people
    • MOBILE BROADBAND AND IOT
      • Introduction
      • The infrastructure
        • Table Approximate data rates for selected services on mobile devices
      • Trans-sector policies
      • The business game-changer
      • Key technical developments
      • Smart cities and smart countries
    • M2M - PRESENTING OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE TELCOS
      • Telecoms market is transforming but the telcos are not
      • Telcos lost the internet battle
      • Telcos also lost the mobile content battle
        • Table Worldwide smartphone operating systems by market share - 2007 - 2010; Q3 2011
      • Next on the chopping block - the infrastructure
      • So what is next for the telcos?
        • Table Top ten carriers worldwide by revenue - 2010; 2011
      • IoT the next frontier
      • Is bandwidth the new growth market for the telcos?
      • Conclusion
        • Table Major shareholders in Bharti Airtel - April 2011
        • Table Bharti Airtel mobile ARPU - 2004 - 2005; 2007 - 2011
  • CASE STUDY - USA
    • USA - A SMART GRID LEADER
      • Introduction
      • Utilities Executive Study
      • Smart Grid costs massive but outweighed by benefits
        • Table Summary of Estimated Cost and Benefits of the Smart Grid
      • Utility Executives' vision for the new decade
      • Consumer cents for smart grid
      • DSM, Energy Storage & Distributed Generation
      • Market Reaches over 400M Connected Devices by 2016
      • Houston pilot project on home energy use
      • Informed consumers show strong support of smart grids
      • Smart Meter Revenues
      • U.S. Smart Meter installation growth
      • The real concern about smart meters
  • GLOSSARY OF ABBREVIATIONS

Important sectors of the future

BuddeComm’s annual publication Global Telecoms – Smart Grids and M2M, provides the key global insights and statistics for these emerging and increasingly important sectors of the future.

Machine-to-Machine (M2M) also referred to as the Internet of Things is going to be a real game-changer. It will transform every single sector of society and the economy and it will be out of this environment that new businesses – and indeed new industries – will be born. Many ICT companies are increasing their presence in countries that either have or are developing high-speed infrastructure for this very reason.

A key element to the future of M2M is the development of smart grids. The infrastructure which is being built offers a range of features such as ubiquitousness, affordability, low latency, high speed and high capacity. It will link – apart from individual people – millions of devices, such as sensors, that will enable us to manage our environment, traffic, infrastructures, and our society as a whole much more efficiently and effectively.

The telcos have an opportunity to show leadership here, but this could equally become another internet-like development, driven by users and the internet industry. The development of M2M and the IoT is the next inflection point after connecting homes (fixed lines) and people (mobile). It will increase telecoms connections to billions of devices.

What are the opportunities for the telcos in this new environment? Perhaps the best option is for them to concentrate on the enormous demand for bandwidth. This needs to be managed, moved around the networks and made available at the edges, using converging wireless and fixed high-speed broadband infrastructure. M2M requires massive data processing through data centres and server farms, linked to an enormous requirement for real-time analytics.

As the discussion continues about the need for intelligent networks and ‘smarts’ in virtually everything; it becomes obvious that we must move away from the decision-making processes that have brought us to the point of financial crisis, environmental crisis and to the monopolistic and dogmatic regimes that have developed in the telecoms sector. Around the world debates are heating up in the search for new and better ways to find solutions for these crises. There is more or less universal agreement that a linear continuation of the past will lead to more problems and, eventually, utter chaos and destruction.

Market Highlights

Telemetry applications based on M2M are expected to boom and are integral to the emerging Internet of Things (IoT) environment.
RFID also has a promising future in Machine-to-Machine transmission applications/IoT and is already in widespread use around the world.
Smart is now well and truly on the agenda of most electricity companies, and indeed on many of their governments’ political agendas. It has become increasingly clear that smart grids are able to transform the energy industry, and that a much broader group of industries are also affected by this. The other industries involved are IT, telecoms, white goods, renewable energy, management consultants, storage, transport, etc.
The electricity grid is becoming the enabler in all these changes, and by making it an intelligent grid and adding telecoms to it, the power will shift away from the electricity companies to the customers – and the appliances that will be developed will assist this process; some of that on a M2M basis.
While in developed markets Fibre-to-the-Home will be the leading infrastructure force behind this economic and social transformation, mobile broadband will deliver these changes in the developing world. Nobody needs to miss out on these benefits as long as governments take a leadership role both in relation to infrastructure developments and in developing trans-sector policies for healthcare, education, smart grids, transport and public safety - in short developing smart communities.
It is essential that as smart grids develop; the social and economic benefits are clearly spelt out and as such build a case for consumer support.
Data in this report is the latest available at the time of preparation and may not be for the current year.


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