Wednesday, 14 May 2014

App enablement, collaboration and internationalisation: the view from CSPs on M2M in 2014

I'm currently going through the fascinating but incredibly extensive process of putting together our annual M2M CSP Benchmarking Report (for details of last year's report take a look at the press release). In brief, the aim is to look at trends and best practice related to M2M for telecoms operators including AT&T, Deutsche Telekom, Telefonica, Vodafone etc. In all this year we're looking at around 15 carriers, examining their strategy and comparing their capabilities.

It's always interesting to observe the changing strategies over the years, and there are always trends that leap out from doing such an intensive and detailed piece of work. This year is no different. There are a few that really leap out. There is an increasing desire to provide a rich and horizontal application development environment, which could have significant implications for how M2M applications are built and who does that building. Another theme is collaboration between different players, with a more sophisticated channels and partnership strategy being a good manifestation. The third that immediately leaps out is the increasingly international approach being taken, with CSPs finding more and varied ways to extend their footprints beyond their traditional territories.

I don't want to spoil the surprise when the report is out in about 3 weeks, so you'll have to hold on for more details.

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