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Focused Delivery of Key Market Enablers in 2017/18

After a very successful 2016/17 for the mobile industry, the GSMA Internet of Things Programme will continue to work with the telecommunications industry and the wider ecosystem to further accelerate the growth of the IoT and to unlock the full potential of the market. To this end, the Programme focuses on a range of key market enablers and industry verticals that are essential to the industry. Below, see a short overview and outlook into the new year for all areas.


Mobile IoT

Mobile IoT = TRUSTED IoT


cl_miot_blackMobile IoT (licensed spectrum low power wide area) are a new set of technologies that will connect billions of new devices forming the IoT. Low power wide area (LPWA) technologies can serve a diverse range of vertical industries and applications that use low data rates, require long battery lives, are low cost, and often operate in remote and hard to reach locations.

The GSMA worked with the industry to get the Mobile IoT technologies standardised in 3GPP Release 13 in June 2016.  Since then the GSMA has continued to work with mobile operators to implement more than 40 pilots across the world. By enabling mobile operators to provide cost-effective and low maintenance connectivity, these LPWA technologies are fuelling a dramatic expansion in the IoT, making it viable to connect large numbers of sensors, monitoring devices, utility meters and consumer devices to mobile networks.

For 2017/18 the Internet of Things Programme will focus on accelerating the growth of secure and commercial Mobile IoT solutions by encouraging commercial LPWA launches by mobile operators. A number of operators are already rolling out commercial Mobile IoT services across their markets, paving the way for broad adoption of these new technologies by both individuals and enterprises. To further support the growth of Mobile IoT solutions, the Internet of Things Programme will keep on building a vibrant ecosystem in the form of the GSMA Mobile IoT Innovators, bringing together developers, device makers, network vendors, operators and end customers


IoT Security

Securing the IoT from the ground up


cl_security_blackAs widespread adoption of the IoT depends on maintaining consumers’ and companies’ confidence and trust, the GSMA is steering the development and dissemination of IoT security best practices. Building on the decade-long expertise of the telecommunications industry in managing and securing mobile networks, the GSMA IoT Security Guidelines promote best practice for the secure end-to-end design, development and deployment of IoT solutions on any mobile network.

In late 2016, the GSMA has launched an IoT Security Assessment process, which is designed to enable IoT companies to demonstrate their solutions are following best practices as outlined in the GSMA IoT Security Guidelines and to enhance their reputation as trusted IoT solution providers.

In the new year, the Internet of Things Programme will continue to work with its partners to enhance the IoT Security Guidelines and the IoT Security Assessment to cover Mobile IoT networks, ensuring best practice for the secure connection and management of IoT devices on any mobile network. The Programme will also continue its work with regulatory bodies to stress the importance of flexible policy frameworks to allow unhindered growth of the IoT.


IoT Big Data

Unlocking the potential of the IoT


cl_miot_blackThe GSMA is working with mobile operators and partners to unlock the potential of the vast amount of data within the IoT.

In February 2017 the GSMA launched the IoT Big Data API Directory, making harmonised data sets from multiple operators worldwide available to developers and third parties, and enabling them to create innovative IoT services. The directory, which is the first of its kind, is designed to encourage a common approach to data sharing and the development of new projects related to transport, the environment and smart cities. China Mobile, China Unicom, KT Corporation, Orange and Telefónica have already implemented solutions enabling them to share harmonised IoT data.

In 2017/18 the IoT Big Data project will focus on evolving GSMA big data enablers such as harmonised data entities, APIs to access historical data and inclusion of data analytics into the architecture. The value of IoT big data will be demonstrated by leveraging data assets and partners in a proof of concept on Air Quality, and supporting the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to create a “Big Data for Better Future” proof of concept. 


IoT Policy & Regulation

Growing the socioeconomic benefits of the IoT


cl_miot_blackThe IoT can transform economies and societies but it is still at a nascent stage. To help realise potential socioeconomic benefits, the GSMA’s IoT Policy and Regulation project is working to create a sustainable policy and regulatory environment that enables operators to unlock the consumer and business benefits of the IoT.

In October 2016 the GSMA launched the IoT Knowledgebase, an online tool for policymakers and regulators. This is designed to help them unlock IoT opportunities for their country, understand new IoT business models and learn about emerging policy and regulatory best practice from around the world.

In 2017/18 the project will be focusing on the regulatory aspects of key verticals including smart cities, connected vehicles, smart transport and drones.


Connected Vehicles

Driving the successful growth of the Connected Vehicle market


cl_smart_cities_blackThe Connected Vehicle market is one of the most promising growth areas of the Internet of Things, with a potential application revenue of $USD 253bn by 2025 (Machina Research, 2017). But only a unified, standardised and collaborative approach of mobile operators, regulators and industry stakeholders can ensure a timely, successful scaling of the market to fully unlock its potential.

To this end, the GSMA is working with mobile operators, automotive OEMs and suppliers, relevant industry associations and regulatory bodies, to accelerate the growth of the Connected Vehicle market by agreeing a common approach to security, regulatory and infrastructural solutions. The Internet of Things Programme has held three global Connected Vehicle Forums in 2016/17 to bring the industry together.

In 2017/18, the Internet of Things Programme will continue to work with its partners to support a unified and collaborative approach. Three global Connected Vehicle Forums and Summits will help bring the industry together to discuss important topics that will define the future of the Connected Vehicle market, including Cellular Vehicle-to-Everything (Cellular V2X) technologies allowing vehicles to communicate with other smart city applications (also referred to as “LTE support for V2X” in the upcoming 3GPP Release 14). The Programme will also continue to participate in and consult with global regulatory bodies to align the industry around a common approach to security and spectrum harmonisation.


Smart Cities

Creating smart city benefits through IoT technologies


cl_smart_cities_blackThe GSMA is working with mobile operators and cities to create real, long term benefits for citizens and businesses through IoT technologies.

In June 2016 the GSMA smart cities project produced Keys to the Smart City, a report highlighting the crucial role that mobile operators play in the development of smart cities, and the unique benefits that they provide.  Following this, a number of in-depth smart cities guides were released including crowd management, traffic management, water management and street lighting. The project also produced three focused case study videos on Tainan, Chicago and Seville, featuring interviews from mobile operators and cities promoting their successful collaboration.

In 2017/18 the project will continue to focus on real case studies, showcasing how mobile industry enablers (such as Mobile IoT and IoT Big Data) are being deployed in smart cities.


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Latest report measures potential economic impact of IoT at $11 trillion

The McKinsey Global Institute’s latest report, ‘The Internet of Things: Mapping the value beyond the hype’, is the most optimistic IoT forecast yet from a major research institute – valuing the economic impact of the IoT at $11 trillion by 2025.

The report analyses more than 150 use cases, ranging from people whose devices monitor health and wellness to manufacturers that utilize sensors to optimize the maintenance of equipment and protect worker safety.

The report concludes that the potential value of the IoT will be between $4 trillion and $11 trillion, broadly falling in line with the PwC report that was released in April of this year. According to the report, 70 per cent of this value will come from B2B rather than consumer uses whilst manufacturing, smart cities, automotive and transport are regarded as some the verticals that have the most potential value.

Interestingly, the report highlights interoperability as a key factor in enabling the IoT to scale, determining that on average, 40 per cent of the potential value depends on interoperability. The GSMA Connected Living programme is playing a leading role in addressing the issue of interoperability, having developed the GSMA Embedded SIM Specification which has since been widely endorsed across the IoT ecosystem.

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Pwc report: Realising the benefits of mobile-enabled IoT solutions

A new report by PriceWaterhouseCoopers (PwC) has found that mobile will play a decisive role in the growth of the Internet of Things (IoT), which in itself will generate significant socioeconomic benefits in both emerging markets and developed countries.

The report, Realising the benefits of mobile-enabled IoT solutions, concludes that mobile network operators will facilitate rapid growth of the wider IoT ecosystem by virtue of being relied upon to provide connectivity for a host of  businesses and services. The report also reviews an array of existing mobile-enabled solutions and determines how they are fundamentally changing business models, creating more opportunities and conserving resources.

The Machine-to-Machine (M2M) market is already demonstrating how operators are providing long range connectivity across of range of different verticals, leading to greater cross-industry cooperation and new revenue opportunities. The knowledge and expertise that operators will develop through working in a multiplicity of markets and industries will consolidate their position in the IoT ecosystem and enable them to further shape the growth of the IoT. The massive impact of the IoT on the global economy in the coming years will enable mobile operators to sustain and accelerate growth beyond consumer voice and data.

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Demand for e-Learning continues to grow

E-Learning revenue in Germany increased by 13% to €582m in 2013, according to Bitkom, the German information and telecommunications association. Bitkom cited these findings from a recent national study by MBB Institute which also revealed that the e-Learning sector now employs 8,850 people, up from 700 in 2012—concomitant with a dip in the German economy, this growth is all the more remarkable.

These findings supplement a similar Bitkom survey last year, which stated that two-thirds of German IT companies were now using e-Learning, and most of those that did not, intended to in future. Moreover, half of Germans, from 14-44 years of age, used e-Learning, and a third of these people had installed educational apps on their mobile device. Compared with conventional methods, e-Learning’s market strength lie in its versatility, accessibility and cost-effectiveness.

Bitkom’s position paper ‘From e-Learning to Learning Solutions’, claimed just this. Targeted marketing is easier because mobile apps, educational games, interactive e-books and video content can be adapted to any target group. Additionally, the learning curve and complexity of material can be easily adjusted to match each student’s progress and Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC) resulted in quicker, more extensive networking.

Germany’s rapid growth of e-Learning revenue has outstripped the average growth of Western European countries by 7.2%, according to projections in Docebo’s Market Trends & Forecast 2014-2016 report. Docebo, the Cloud Learning Management System (LMS), expects the Western European e-Learning market to grow by 5.8% each year from 2014-2016. Yet e-learning is also making significant inroads into developing markets; over the same period, the growth of e-Learning revenue is projected to be 15.2% in Africa and 17.3% in Asia.

Earlier this month, Worldreader, the non-profit digital book organisation, announced that this year alone, people across Asia and Africa had spent over 1,028,109 hours reading on the Worldreader Mobile app. Worldreader claimed that the use of mobile in learning helped people access a greater variation of material—including important health information on HIV and Ebola—especially in regions with a paucity of paper books.

In November, the GSMA announced a partnership it had developed between the Philippines Department of Education, Smart and Globe, to build mobile solutions that extend to school youths. To view the full report, click here.

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