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Cellular M2M shipments on the rise

Posted: 02 Feb 2011     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:cellular M2M module shipments  M2M communications  cellular modules for M2M communications 

IMS Research predicts that shipments of cellular modules for machine-to-machine (M2M) communications will cross 10 crore in 2015.

In a report titled "The World Market for Cellular Modules in M2M Communications," IMS Research states that dropping module prices, reduced connectivity rates from carriers and increased availability of cellular networks worldwide are all key drivers behind this growth. However, the report also finds that the level of uptake of cellular M2M will vary widely among different vertical markets.

Josh Builta, IMS Research market analyst and author of the study states, "One of the greatest underlying strengths of the cellular M2M market is the modules are increasingly being utilised in a wide variety of M2M applications. Diverse industries, ranging from metering to digital signage, are becoming more reliant on cellular technology as a means to transmit vital information. The cumulative effect of increased uptake in so many markets will result in total cellular M2M module shipments growing at over a 24 per cent CAGR throughout the forecast period."

IMS Research does not expect this growth will be evenly spread among all vertical markets though. "Given the diversity of these markets, different factors will drive or inhibit the growth of cellular M2M within each," states Builta.

Certain vertical markets appear likely to emerge as the forerunners in the use of cellular M2M as they will be propelled by government-driven mandates. Builta continues, "Probably the best example is the automotive industry, in which stolen vehicle tracking in Brazil and emergency call systems in Europe are forecast to become mandatory as a result of government regulations. Pending legislation in the EU, known as eCall, would be particularly significant as it would drive the penetration rate of cellular modules in new vehicles in Europe to 100 per cent."

Partially as a result of these government initiatives, IMS Research forecasts modules used in automotive market will have a 31 per cent CAGR during the forecast period.

While the overall outlook is bright, concerns over the cost, reliability and security of cellular technology will limit uptake of cellular modules in some vertical markets for the near term. Markets including security and factory automation are likely to rely on wired connectivity as well as alternative wireless options for a good portion of their M2M communications. At the same time, healthcare, a market with great potential for cellular modules, must overcome a series of privacy and liability concerns before it can reach a larger market size.

Jean-Pierre Joosting
EE Times

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