Trending: 3 Signs of IoT's Influence on Telecom Strategy for 2017

Posted by Mae Kowalke on Saturday, January 14, 2017 with No comments

2017 is just getting underway, but already there is plenty of evidence that this year will be an important one for the relationship between the Internet of Things and telecom operator strategies.

As RCR Wireless News Managing Editor Sean Kinney noted, it's hardly news that IoT is having an impact on mobile operator business models. But, he concluded that there will be a shift in their IoT strategies, taking a leadership role rather than letting the market drive their plans. 

Here are three recent news stories that illustrate what that leadership role might look like.

1. Verizon and Cypress Semiconductor Partner on IoT Development Platform

U.S. carrier Verizon and Cypress Semiconductor are working together on a unified platform for developers using Verizon's ThingSpace software development kit and Cypress' WICED Studio 4. They plan to launch the joint solution in second half 2017.

Verizon sees this move as a possible boost for its ThingSpace IoT platform, said RCR Wireless News. It also indicates that the carrier's IoT focus is not exclusively on devices that use its own network. In fact, Verizon sees IoT connectivity as representing only 5% of total revenue opportunity, with applications taking 80% and platforms 15%.

2. AT&T's Intros IoT Starter Kit Powered by Amazon Web Services

Building on the IoT development kit launched last year, AT&T introduced a new version powered by Amazon Web Services, created in partnership with Avnet. It's designed to help developers build their own solutions using the AWS and AT&T IoT Platforms. The kit, noted RCR Wireless News, includes an LTE Cat-1 modem, SIM card, two antennas, two USB cables and a USB plug, an NXP-K64F development board, and a microSD card. 

SK Telecom Plans Major Investment in IoT, AI, 5G, Machine Learning

How big an investment? SDxCentral reported that the figure is $9 billion over the next three years, encompassing investment in artificial intelligence, IoT, autonomous vehicles, and 5G. $4.17 billion of that will be spent on a new information communications and technology system to transform the operator from a service providers into a platform operator, and another $5 billion on its 5G networka similar amount to what the operator spent on LTE in 2012.   

Watch this space for more examples of IoT's influence on telecom. 

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