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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

 

 

In the past several month (as of Mar 2017), I have seen several promosing events and trends that make me think 'I am not sure exactly when we see IoT as many dreamers are talking about, but at least it seems that something tangible (touchable) trends are happening in this area'. Those things that attracted my attention were

  • Softband aquired ARM at one of the largest investment and Qualcomm aquired QNX
  • Qualcomm aquired NXP
  • The demand in Memory chip reached another peak
  • So many different types of embedded board and modules are available at very low price (You may easily get an embedded board to play with.. at a price of a fastfood meal).

However there are still many things that has a pretty long way to go (just in my personal opinion). Followings are some of these list

  • IoT module based on Cellular technology is still too expensive (When I say 'expensive', it means the price for single quantity purchase is too high). In case of GSM module, you may get it under 20 USD. However, you would need to spend at least over 50 ~100 USD for 3G. LTE based IoT module is not even readily available.
  • Even when I have IoT end-device, it is still hard to find IoT platform that are readily available with super low cost or free and also with very easy interface.

 

 

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])
  • Around 8 million cars are connected to the network (Ref [34])

 

< Status as of Aug 2016 >

 

 

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 >

 

< Status as of Apr 2017 >

 

 

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

[34] Chris Penrose, Senior VP, IoT Solutions, AT&T