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IoT @MWC 2016 IoT Partnerships, Security and Automotive Take Center Stage




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Report Summary:

This year’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona was the largest ever, an extravaganza spanning eight halls and featuring over 2,100 exhibitors from 204 countries. MWC 16 provided attendees and the industry-at-large with both a high level picture of the current state of deployment issues, trends and use cases in the mobile and Internet of Things industries as well as a barometer of what to expect throughout 2016. The venue, the vendors and the sheer panoply of events and announcements highlight the emerging technology trends and challenges that will shape the mobile and IoT industries over the next several years.

Among the key IoT and mobility trends at this year’s MWC conference:

  • Telecommunications was hot again, owing to the surging popularity of 5G and Low Power Wide Area (LPWA) Networks.
  • Security was among the most pervasive themes at the conference. Every aspect of security was covered at MWC from embedded sensors and devices to securing telecommunications/carrier transmissions to IoT secure messaging and applications, security at the edge/perimeter of the network and security in the cloud. At MWC 16, there was an acknowledgement that IoT security is a necessity at every layer of the stack and across every vertical market segment.
  • Partnerships/Mergers and Acquisitions have a pivotal role to play in the burgeoning IoT market since no one vendor can address all aspects of interconnected ecosystems. Partnerships and alliances among the various players took center stage; among them were AT&T and Cisco; Intel and Microsoft; AT&T; Red Hat and AmDocs; Ericsson and ZTE and TeliaSonera to name just a few.
  • Standards or the lack thereof in the IoT sector was another dominant theme at this year’s show. In response, MWC 16 saw several new IoT and connectivity standards groups emerge.
  • Consumer IoT e.g. Wearables, Automotive/Connected Car and Smart Connected Home, were also extremely popular.

Big Data Analytics came into its own at MWC 16, as all of the major carrier and data players emphasized how they were transforming their products and solution offerings with the addition of embedded analytics capabilities, to enable customers to derive greater value via the ability to sort and analyze the vast amount of data they generate and ingest daily.oT was everywhere at MWC 16. Attendees literally could not walk 10 feet without seeing an IoT banner or witnessing a product or prototype demonstration. There were also numerous IoT announcements, partnerships and M&A activity talk at the MWC 16 conference. All of this activity is validation that IoT market development is accelerating – particularly among the hot consumer-based segments like Automotive, Smart Home and Wearables. However, widespread mainstream IoT enterprise deployments may still be 18 to 24 months away. This Report summarizes some of the most crucial announcements and provides context and analysis of their potential impact on both the vendor and enterprise landscape. 



Table of Contents

1.       Executive Summary  4

2.       MWC Conference Overview   5

2.1     Connected, Mobile Consumer IoT outpaces Enterprise IoT  5

2.2     SA Commentary Analysis  6

3.       Telecommunications Rules as 5G and Low Power Networks Steal the Show   8

3.1     Actility provides dedicated LoRaWAN Network to City of Barcelona  8

3.2     LoRa Alliance Scores Slew of New Partnership Deals  9

3.3     SigFox Announces Plans for new Networks, Scores New Users  9

3.4     Sequans Debuts LTE Cat M chip and Expands Streamlite LTE Product Line  10

3.5     Ingenu Licenses its LPWA 2.4 GHz Technology To Firms in 25 Countries  11

3.6     Nokia Announces $350 Million IoT Investment; Unveils 5G Products, Strategy  11

3.7     Connected 4G Drones: Intel and AT&T test drones on LTE network  12

3.8     Oledcomm Debuts Extremely Fast Light Fidelity (Li-Fi) Technology  13

3.9     SA Commentary Analysis  13

4.       IoT Partnerships Proliferate  15

4.1     Apple/IBM MobileFirst Alliance Up  15

4.2     AT&T and Cisco  16

4.3     Actility and Cisco  16

4.4     AT&T & Ericsson Promote AT&T’s Digital Home Life Platform   16

4.5     Cisco, Ericsson and Intel Team to Develop a 5G Router 17

4.6     Ericsson & Volvo demonstrate autonomous driving technology  17

4.7     Intel and LG to develop 5G telematics for cars  17

4.8     Jasper Unveils Separate Partnerships, Service Pacts with Gemalto, POST Luxembourg and Telular 18

4.9     Red Hat and Amdocs Integrate RHEL OpenStack with Amdocs Cloud Service  19

4.10   ZTE and TeliaSonera  20

4.11   SA Commentary Analysis  20

5.       Security, Security, Security  22

5.1     BlackBerry Offers Cybersecurity Services via Microsoft Azure Cloud Platform   22

5.2     Nokia Launches All-in-one Centralized Security Configuration, Monitoring and Analysis System for Operators  23

5.3     Verizon Fortifies ThingSpace Security; Opens Platform to Third Party Providers  23

5.4     SA Commentary Analysis  24

6.       IoT Standards Take Shape  25

6.1     Open Connectivity Foundation (OCF) Aims to Standardize IoT Equipment 25

6.2     Mobility Vendors Form AppConfig Community to Promote Common Enterprise Application Configuration  26

7.       Smart Cities Implementations are Longer-Term/Strategic  27

8.       SA Summary Analysis  28

8.1     Contact the author(s) of this report: 29

 

 


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