Global Smart Cities - Towards 2019 - Analysis and Statistics


With 5G on the horizon and fibre broadband networks being deployed in many countries around the world; it is timely to consider how important it is to get this infrastructure right in order to provide the foundation for the development of smart cities. Look towards 2019 we can see there are a number of countries showing leadership in smart city development and many of these also have extensive high-speed networks in place.

We are migrating from Smart Cities being a concept of the future and now seeing cities make tangible plans and infrastructure decisions to support such a transformation. This also means we can begin to see more clearly the obstacles and challenges involved.

This BuddeComm report identifies the leading countries in terms of smart city development from around the world and explores the various drivers, inhibitors and issues that might be considered regarding smart cities.

Key developments:

  • The global smart city sector is already worth billions and this is rising quickly.
  • In 2018 there are new smart city standards underway form the ISO.
  • The most difficult issue to resolve in building smart cities is the funding.
  • 5G will assist to accelerate developments for smart communities.

Table of Contents

  • Smart cities for sustainability

  • Increasing global pressures: population growth

  • Key components of smart cities

    • Funding is a key issue
  • The drivers behind smart cities

    • Customer-driven smart cities
    • Economy-driven smart cities
    • Society-driven smart cities
  • Smart grids should be developed in conjunction

  • High-speed broadband: the foundation of smart cities

    • Case study - South Korea offers high broadband speeds
    • 5G and smart cities
      • Brief case studies
  • Examples of leading smart cities

  • Case study: Adelaide, Australia

    • Adelaide - Smart City Pilots
    • Gigcity Adelaide
    • Adelaide Ten Gigabit City
    • WiFi network basis for innovation hub
  • Smart Transport

    • Intelligent transport systems
    • Smart vehicles
    • Autonomous car market
  • Smart home automation

  • Standardising global smart city deployment

  • Related reports

List of Tables

  • Table 1 – Smart cities – global market value – 2017-2019; 2025
  • Table 2 – Top 10 countries by average fixed broadband connection speeds – Q1 2017

List of Charts

  • Chart 1 – Population growth forecast – 2017 – 2100

List of Exhibits

  • Exhibit 1 – Urban growth
  • Exhibit 2 – PPPP stands for Public Private People Partnership
  • Exhibit 3 – ITU approves smart grid standards
  • Exhibit 4 – International Smart Grid Action Network
  • Exhibit 5 – Leading smart cities by region – 2019
  • Exhibit 6 – The Intelligent Communities Forum – top 10 smart communities for 2019
  • Exhibit 7 – Examples of smart home automation players

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Number of pages 49

Status Archived

Last updated 2 Nov 2018
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Analyst: Kylie Wansink

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