Wholesale is Among AT&T's Smart Cities Revenue Opportunities

There seems to be growing recognition that internet of things will create incremental revenue opportunities for access providers, but not as much incremental revenue as will applications in a number of vertical settings, ranging from water and lighting grids to urban transportation and parking.

Connectivity alone accounts for between five percent and 10 percent of the smart cities value chain, says Mike Zeto, general manager of AT&T's smart cities business unit. Among the opportunities AT&T sees is the chance to license its platforms to other telcos, providing a wholesale applications capability that is subscriber information module based, and can then be bundled with the access services partners already operate.

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