Wednesday, May 30, 2012

How Big Will M2M, Connected Device Markets Be?

gsmaSo what precisely does this forecast by the GSM Association actually mean? It isn't obvious. The GSMA uses a definition of the "machine-to-machine" (M2M) market that includes "sensors" such as meter readers with mobile broadband connections used by tablets and other non-phone devices.

Some say tablets, though "connected devices," are not M2M connections, which should properly include only sensor applications where machines literally are talking to other machines. 

The revenue per connection implications are fairly significant. Where a tablet connection could represent $10 to $60 worth of incremental revenue, a true M2M connection might represent $2 for each connection. 

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