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M2M: Rise of the machines

Tom Paye | Aug. 21, 2013
Machine-to-machine (M2M) communications could open up a new world of technological opportunity, both for consumers and for businesses. So why, despite the big buzz, hasn't M2M taken off, and what interest should the Middle East take?

"It is also important that telcos understand their major role in shaping the networked society, where anything that can benefit from a connection will be connected. Securely and efficiently connecting, provisioning and managing the growing amount of connections is key to achieve the process improvements, sustainability gains and lifestyle improvements of the vision of the networked society."

Anurag Verma, Telecom Operations and Managed Services Lead, Smartworld, agrees with this. However, he also says that operators should take an increasing interest in M2M, as it could be one of their biggest revenue drivers in the future.

"From an industry perspective, we view telco as the key, and M2M as a vital service offering for the telco industry's future revenue generation. The underlying infrastructure is owned and operated by telco groups, who are rapidly adding a service layer to offer it as a service," he says.

Assuming the region's operators do end up supporting the M2M market — as the experts believe they will — the opportunities could be huge. According to Abdulkhalek, an entirely new value chain could come into existence, spanning "multiple stakeholders, such as semiconductor manufacturers, sensing devices and gateway manufacturers, network equipment providers, telecommunications operators, independent software vendors, system integrators, and many more."

Those who tout the words of people like Dabboussi as science fiction, then, might want to rethink their positions, as this market is about to get big.

 

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