IoT Research

How will the Internet of Things (IoT) evolve to serve the Coordination Age?

April 2020

Coordinating the care of the elderly

Telcos are well placed to enable the healthcare sector to meet the rising demand for secure and reliable in-home monitoring and treatment for the elderly and infirm.

January 2020

A new role for telcos in smart cities

A successful smart city strategy is crucial in enabling cities to manage rising populations and compete for investment and talent at a national and global level. The challenge is getting the complex ecosystem of players and partners to work well. How can telcos position themselves as strategic partners in this transition, and help enable successful collaborative innovation?

October 2019

5G’s impact on manufacturing: $740Bn of benefits in 2030

The unique benefits of 5G could unlock $740bn of value in manufacturing in 2030. This is based on models generated from 100+ interviews and surveys with senior manufacturing industry executives. What steps should operators, manufacturers and others take to achieve these benefits?

August 2019

Digital twins: A catalyst of disruption in the Coordination Age

An introduction to digital twins, an approach to managing assets that is gaining increasing traction across many business sectors, and that will ultimately disrupt many industry business models.

April 2019

Telcos and enterprise verticals: 5G is not the only opportunity

Telcos are looking towards the enterprise market to make the business case for 5G. But for most industries, 5G is just one of many technologies needed to drive efficiency and innovation. Which verticals’ needs best match telcos’ capabilities?

March 2019

Elisa Smart Factory: How to win over industry leaders in just two years

The origins and path of the innovative Finnish operator’s successful new proposition for the manufacturing industry in the Coordination Age.

October 2019

The Industrial IoT: What’s the telco opportunity?

An overview of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), taking a buyers’ eye view of current offerings, identifying issues and potential opportunities for telcos and others.

May 2019

The IoT is dead: Long live the I4T – the Internet for Things

It’s hard to make things work in the IoT – it’s anything but plug and play. This report outlines why, what is needed, and current leading-edge efforts to achieve it. To deliver the benefits of the Coordination Age, all manner of “things” will need to be able to discover each other and communicate more autonomously. For this to happen easily and securely a new enabler is needed: the Internet for Things (I4T).

February 2018

Indoor wireless: A new frontier for IoT and 5G

Indoor wireless coverage is essential to many IoT and 5G use-cases, but it’s also horribly difficult to achieve. With new entrants and changing user demands the power dynamics are shifting, and operators need to make strategic decisions now to avoid losing their stake in this market.

December 2017

IoT and blockchain: There’s substance behind the hype

There is a lot of market speculation about blockchain and its use-cases, especially in the area of IoT. This report outlines five use-cases for blockchain in IoT security and interoperability, and identifies how blockchain can enable new IoT business models for telcos.

November 2017

LPWA: Which way to go for IoT?

The LPWA market is highly fragmented, and telcos need to decide now which LPWA technologies to provide as part of their IoT portfolio. This report examines different LPWA technologies and use-cases, providing analysis to help telcos choose which ones are right for them.

November 2017

Monetising IoT: Four steps for success

Most telcos have now accepted that they need to offer more than connectivity if they want to move up the IoT value chain. This report presents a four-step framework to help telcos define a successful IoT strategy.

May 2017

Consumer IoT: How telcos can create new value

The Consumer Internet of Things (IoT) market could be huge, but hasn’t yet taken off. We look at why, analysing leading telcos’ and others strategies to date (including DTAG, Orange, and Telefonica), and outline a strategy for how telcos could play a major role by solving some of the key problems.

May 2017

The IoT money problem: 3 options

We outline three potential roles for telcos in the IoT, describing twelve potential application areas and forty use cases, as well as the structure and trends driving change. Looking beyond this we ask which market areas are most attractive, and what should telcos do within them?

October 2016

The IoT ecosystem and four leading operators’ strategies

This report provides detailed analysis of the IoT ecosystem, the technologies enabling it, and how telcos can establish themselves within it, by presenting case-studies of strategies from AT&T, Vodafone, SK Telecom, and Deutsche Telekom. The report also discusses the connectivity needs of several different IoT use-cases.

March 2016

MWC 2016: IoT & Enterprise

What was hot at MWC? We round up the action around enterprise IT and the Internet of Things.

January 2016

Connectivity for telco IoT / M2M: Are LPWAN & WiFi strategically important?

It’s reasonably clear that standard cellular networks will only carry a fraction of the data of the Internet of Things (IoT), but how should telcos be involved in the fast growing range of low cost, disruptive networks that will carry the bulk? We examine the alternatives and outline strategic options.