AT&T: M2M booming, but lack of standards a drawback

19 AUG 2013
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VIDEO INTERVIEW: US operator AT&T is seeing a rapid build-up in M2M momentum. “Opportunities have tripled over each month and quarter,” said Sean Horan, director of M2M Business Development at AT&T Business Solutions, in a recent interview with Mobile World Live.

Horan pointed to multiple growth drivers. They include the shift of legacy M2M applications from fixed to wireless connections, remote monitoring, and enterprises looking more closely at the potential of M2M to streamline business processes and even create new revenue streams.

By end-March 2013, AT&T reported 14.7 million connected devices and 431,000 net additions through the first quarter. Net additions during Q1 2012 were nearly half that number, at 230,000.

Horan added, however, that lack of standardisation and a fragmented market (with numerous industry verticals), threatens to hold back M2M expansion.

Click here to view the whole interview and find out how AT&T is attempting to overcome these growth obstacles.


Ken Wieland

Ken has been part of the MWC Mobile World Daily editorial team for the last three years, and is now contributing regularly to Mobile World Live. He has been a telecoms journalist for over 15 years, which includes eight...More

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