Global - Mobile Broadband - Internet of Things Insights


Mobile broadband networks have the potential to provide the robust infrastructure needed for high-speed information processing, distributed computing, cloud computing and data centres, where this information, as well as many other applications, can be processed, analysed and managed – all in real time. These developments are known as the ‘Internet or Things’. Of course, security will be crucial and far more attention needs to be given to ensure that these new large-scale developments are properly protected. This is of national importance.

While both fixed and mobile broadband can be used as the infrastructure of the Internet of Things for most emerging economies, the only short to medium option is mobile broadband. For that reason this reports concentrate on mobile broadband infrastructure.

Key developments:

A full blown mobile Internet of Things will emerge once 4G networks are available with full IP interconnectivity. Amazing developments have taken place in the emerging markets where within a decade the mobile phone has seen penetration increases from around <5% to 60% and more. In this first phase the mobile networks allowed people to connect to each other and to the outside world. The next developments, which will even bigger, will be the connection of devices, known as M2M communication – a core element of the Internet of Things.

Table of Contents

  • 1. Synopsis
  • 2. Introduction
  • 3. The infrastructure
    • 3.1 Mobile’s need for fibre
    • 3.2 Mobile broadband in the context of fibre and wifi
  • 4. Spectrum issue – more to it than meets the eye
  • 5. Mobile operators and the broadband boom
    • 5.1 On the verge of mobile Internet of Things
  • 6. Trans-sector policies
  • 7. Key technical developments
    • 7.1 Ubiquitous Complex Event Processing
    • 7.2 Deep Packet Inspection (DPI)
    • 7.3 Behavioural Attitudinal Geolocation
    • 7.4 Location-based services
    • 7.5 Cloud computing
    • 7.6 Wireless M2M
  • 8. The business game-changer
  • 9. Related reports
  • Table 1 – Global mobile capital expenditure (CAPEX) – 2010 - 2013
  • Exhibit 1 – Approximate data rates for selected services on mobile devices
  • Exhibit 2 – Digital Dividend

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Digital Economy
Mobile & Wireless Broadband and Media
Smart Infrastructure
Strategies & Analyses (Industry & Markets)
Telecoms Infrastructure

Number of pages 13

Status Archived

Last updated 27 May 2013
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Analyst: Kylie Wansink

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