Sunday, October 17, 2010

ABI Research Forecasts 297 Million Cellular M2M Connections in 2015

ABI Research is forecasting that cellular M2M (machine-to-machine) connections will exceed 297 million in 2015. Europe is predicted to account for the largest regional share with 110 million connections in 2015; North America will rank second with 79 million and the Asia-Pacific region third with almost 66 million.

According to ABI Research practice director Sam Lucero, "The major world regions show different drivers for cellular M2M markets. The European market is the most diversified and has the most mature deployments. The EU benefits from regulatory mandates surrounding eCall and smart energy. In North America the focus has traditionally been more on telematics, although M2M is now growing strongly in other areas including smart energy. Both telematics and energy are providing impetus in Asia-Pac, but the markets are less mature, outside of key countries such as Japan."