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This page is to track the activities for various players from chipset vendor through network operators about IoT/M2M area.

 

 

Overall Status

 

What kind of Devices will be connected to the network ? How many of those devices will be connected ? The current status and projected towards 2021 are as in the following table. (Data came from ref [1]). As you see here, PC/laptop/tablet, Mobile phone, Fixed phone are already almost staturated and M2M and Consumer electronics(non cellular) will be expanded drastically in next 5 years (from 2015). M2M (non-cellular) would be the area that will expand the most.

 

Device Type

2015 (Billions)

2021(Billions)

M2M: non-cellular

2.6

10.7

M2M and consumer electronics; cellular

0.4

1.5

Consumer electronics; non-cellular

1.6

3.1

PC/laptop/tablet

2.4

2.8

Mobile phones

7.1

8.7

Fixed phones

1.3

1.4

 

 

 

AT&T

 

< Status as of Jan 2016 >

 

The information listed here is from ref [2]. (This is very good report providing various important numbers and statistics for current status and future propect.)

  • Currently 25 million non-communication devices are already connected to AT&T network
  • In next three years, around 20 billion devices will be connected to internet and less than 50% will use cellular network.
  • So far, most of AT&T's non-communication devices have connected to its 2G network using the carrier's global SIM cards.
  • The global SIM is supported by 600 operator networks to more than 200 countries
  • Major application for these non-communication devices are factory equipment, farm equipment, ships, watches and vehicles.
  • In 2015, AT&T signed more than 300 agreements to connect the devices in the automotive, industrial, healthcare, shipping, home security and municipal sectors.
  • Of the 25 million IoT devics now connected to its networks, 5.8 million are connected cars(one million of these were added during the third quarter of 2015).
  • In early 2016, it would be launching a smart city framework in Atlanta, Dallas and Chicago.
  • Early 2016, the carrier would be launching lower-power Category 1 LTE-only chipset solution for IoT.
  • Connecting 280,000 refrigerated containers for Maersk (Shipping company). Each remote container device are using 3G SIM card, a GPS unit, a ZigBee radio and interface for connecting into the refrigerated container's controller.
  • Created a remote patient monitoring solution that is designed to link caregivers and patients based on mobile devices, Bluetooth peripherals and cloud-based software.

 

< Status as of Jun 2016 >

  • Out of their 28+ million connected devices, in service, transportation-related IoT applications account for around 2 million units in North America. (Ref [29])

 

 

Verizon

 

< Status as of Jan 2016 >

 

The information listed here is from ref [2]. (This is very good report providing various important numbers and statistics for current status and future propect.)

  • The carrier said its IoT-related business generated $495 million in revenue during the first three quarters of 2015.
  • Verizon has focused on aftermarket solutions like Hum and Delphi Connect (whereas AT&T has partnered with automakers)
  • It forsees 80% of the revene in IoT coming from application, 15% coming from platforms and just 5% coming from connectivity.
  • The carrier will add a dedicated core network that is optimized for Category 1 devices.
  • The carrier is working with LTE modem maker Sequans for Category 1 solutions.
  • This year, Verizon launched an IoT patform called ThingSpace to give developers a common language for IoT apps.

 

< Status as of Sep 2016 >

 

 

Qualcomm

  • MDM9207-1 that support 2G / 3G / LTE Category 1 and PSM (Ref [27] )
  • MDM9206 chipset supports LTE Category-M1 (the lower powered 1 Mbps connection at 1.4 MHz) and LTE Category-M2 (500 Kbps download, 40 Kbps upload at the 180 kHz mode and designed for the Internet of Things) (Ref [28], [31])

 

 

SK Telecom

 

< Status as of Jan 2016 >

 

The information listed here is from ref [2]. (This is very good report providing various important numbers and statistics for current status and future propect.)

  • Invest in Sigfox
  • created an IoT Platform called ThingPlug based on OneM2M standards.
  • Working to interconnect its smart home platform with those of SamSung and LG.
  • In partnership with Nokia, the carrier has completed over-the-air trails of low-power LTE, using Nokia's Flexi Multiradio 10 base station and IoT devices provided by GCT Semiconductor.
  • Created a building energy management system and factory energy management system to mointor and control lighting, air conditioning and heating

 

< Status as of Jul 2016 >

  • Completed Nation Wide IoT network based on LoRa and LTE-M (Ref [30])

 

 

Telefonica

 

< Status as of Jan 2016 >

 

The information listed here is from ref [2]. (This is very good report providing various important numbers and statistics for current status and future propect.)

  • Invest in Sigfox
  • Developed a platform called 'Thinking Things' that includes hardware with embedded Telifonica SIM cards, APIs for developers, and web and mobile interfaces
  • The company provided seafood dirstributer Ansomar with a "black box" IoT solution to monitor temperature, location, driving behavior.

 

 

Orange

 

< Status as of Jan 2016 >

 

The information listed here is from ref [2]. (This is very good report providing various important numbers and statistics for current status and future propect.)

  • will deploy a nationwide IoT network based on long range radio technology
  • investing in an IoT service platform provider Actility
  • sponsoring LoRa (Long Range radio) Alliance
  • working on a cellular IoT trails with Ericsson using 900 Mhz spectrum
  • announced a '4G Kit for IoT' powered by Sequans LTE chipset and radio technolgy from Alcatel Lucent (Nokia)

 

 

Silver Spring Networks

 

< Status as of Jan 2016 >

 

The information listed here is from ref [2]. (This is very good report providing various important numbers and statistics for current status and future propect.)

  • Connects smartmeters using the IEEE 802.15.4g, called Wi-SUN
  • Claims to have 22 million connected divices
  • Now opening its application programming interface to developers

 

 

GE

 

< Status as of Jan 2016 >

 

The information listed here is from ref [2]. (This is very good report providing various important numbers and statistics for current status and future propect.)

  • describes itself as "the world's digital industrial company, transforming industry with software-defined machines and solutions that are connected". <== hinting something.. but no details are known.

 

 

Bosch

 

< Status as of Jan 2016 >

 

The information listed here is from ref [2]. (This is very good report providing various important numbers and statistics for current status and future propect.)

  • Purchased a maker of software for smart devices to be part of manufacturer, part information-technology company

 

 

Sequans

 

 

Altair

  • Released Cat 1 chipset (Ref [8] )
  • Released Cat 0 chipset (Ref [7] )
  • Cat 1 chipset was validated by AT&T (Ref [9] )

 

 

Semtech

  • Primary chipset vendor for LoRa(Ref [14])    

 

 

TI(Texas Instrument)

  • Produce SigFox chipset
  • It collaborate with SigFox (Ref [15])  

 

 

Telit

  • Produce Cat-1 Module (Ref [17] )
  • Produce SigFox Module (Ref [18] )  

 

 

Sierra Wireless

  • Produce Cellular LPWA (LTE-M1/LTE-NB) module : AirPrime® HL and WP Series cellular modules (Ref [32])  

 

 

u-Blox

  • produce LTE-NB module : SARA-N2 series (Ref [33])

 

 

Adeunis

  • Produce SigFox Module (Ref [19] )

 

Microchips/Atmel

  • LoRa Solutions (Ref [20])
  • SigFox SOC (Ref [21])

 

 

AXSEM

  • Produce SigFox Chipset and Module (Ref [22])

 

 

 

Reference :

 

[1] Ericsson Mobility Report - 2015   

[2] [RCR Feature Report] IoT: Opportunities for Carriers and Vendors  

[3] Sequans - New Gemalto CAT 1 LTE M2M Module, Powered by Sequans’ LTE Chipset, Now Certified by Verizon  

[4] Sequans -LTE for M2M and IoT – Viable Now with LTE Cat 1  

[5] Sequans - On the road to LTE-M: the importance of category 1 LTE chipsets  

[6] Altair - LTE for IoT (YouTube) 

[7] Altair FOURGEE-1150/6401 - The Industry’s Most Advanced LTE Category 0 Chipset Solution (Specification)

[8] Altair - FOURGEE-1160/6401 The Industry’s Most Advanced LTE Category 1 Chipset Solution (Specification)

[9] AT&T VALIDATES ALTAIR’S CAT-1 CHIPSET  

[10]  Semtech LoRa™ RF Platform Video  (YouTube)

[11] LoRa Alliance Introduction  (YouTube)   

[12] Sigfox — A cellular network, just for Things by Nick De Cooman  (YouTube)   

[13] San Francisco Launches Pilot Network for the Internet of Things  (YouTube) 

[14] SemTech - LoRa™ Product Family   

[15] SIGFOX and TI collaborate to deliver cost-effective, long-range, low-power Internet of Things connectivity  

[16] SIGFOX Developers Portal   

[17] Telit - LE 910 Cat.1 Series (Datasheet)

[18] Telit - Le51-868S : Narrow-band wireless LGA modules for wide area coverage on SIGFOX networks   

[19] Adeunis - SI868-25MW Very Long Range SIGFOX  

[20] Microchip’s Long-Range Low-Power End Node Solution

[21] Wireless solutions for the SIGFOX Low-Power-Wide-Area-Network (LPWAN)

[22] AX-Sigfox SoC and AX-Sigfox-API SoC   

[23] MWC2016: Sequans on Monarch IoT chip, Gemalto & Verizon partnerships, 5G  

[24] Sequans Introduces Monarch, Industry’s First LTE Cat M Chip for the Internet of Things

[25] AT&T Smart Cities (May 24, 2016)

[26] Microchip’s First LoRa™ Module is IoT-Ready (YouTube)

[27] MDM9207-1 Delivering LTE to the Internet of Everything

[28] Qualcomm Announce Three New Modem Components

[29] Fleet Management: End-to-End (IoTnow Article)

[30] SKT completes nationwide LoRa IoT network, unveils pricing  

[31] Qualcomm Announces New Modem Solutions Designed to Support Reliable, Global Connectivity to the Internet of Things

[32] Sierra Wireless announces LPWA solutions to expand cellular footprint in global IoT market

[33] u-Blox SARA-N2 series