Software AG Virtual Analyst Event: Cumulocity IoT Platform Goes up the Stack

Kathryn Weldon – Research Director, Business Network and IT Services – Americas

Summary Bullets:

• German-based enterprise software vendor Software AG held an innovative virtual product release event on October 10th, which focused on new capabilities across its portfolio.

• Of particular interest were new capabilities of its IoT platform, Cumulocity IoT, which are aligned with the industry, as vendors seek to move up from connectivity management to edge computing, application enablement, and advanced analytics.

Software AG’s Cumulocity IoT platform, acquired by the software vendor in March 2017, has maintained its solid reputation for connectivity and device management. It is sold directly to enterprises but is also provided to businesses through reseller agreements with operators such as Deutsche Telekom and Telefonica, value-added reseller Tieto, and Siemens, the latter of which uses it for the device connectivity element of its Mindsphere solution. But while the platform gets good technical reviews, it has often been relegated to “also-ran” status when compared to competing platforms from the likes of enterprise heavy-hitters SAP, IBM, and Microsoft, industrial expert PTC, and hyperscale cloud services providers Google and AWS.
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Verizon Scopes Out Vivid 5G Future

K. Weldon
K. Weldon

Summary Bullets:

  • Verizon’s analyst event detailed its product and roadmap stack from connectivity to managed and virtualized services, edge solutions, and SaaS-delivered applications.
  • Surprisingly, 5G was the technology discussed the most at the event, viewed by the operator as the growth engine of the future which will revolutionize industry by enabling ‘real-time’ business processes.

There’s a 5G arms race in North America! Europe’s operators, while some of the globe’s largest telcos, just aren’t approaching next-gen mobile networks with quite the same gusto as their U.S. cousins. Just take U.S. communications giant Verizon, which has already launched fixed 5G for consumers and is going to launch mobile 5G in 2019, pitched as the engine driving the next exponential growth opportunities in the business market. Continue reading “Verizon Scopes Out Vivid 5G Future”

MWCA 2018: It’s All About 5G

Kathryn Weldon – Research Director, Business Network and IT Services – Americas

Summary Bullets:

• Operator announcements at MWCA focused on 5G roll-out plans including cities, timelines, and infrastructure plans.

• As countrywide launches (with devices) for mobile 5G services are not slated until 2019/2020, the race to 5G does not mean much yet for potential business customers. Continue reading “MWCA 2018: It’s All About 5G”

What to Expect at Mobile World Congress Americas 2018

Kathryn Weldon – Research Director, Business Network and IT Services – Americas

Summary Bullets:

  • MWCA will focus on the latest advancements towards 5G services from operators, infrastructure equipment providers, device OEMs, and other members of the supplier ecosystem.
  • Other key areas of interest for enterprises will include demos and sessions on LPWANs, data analytics, AI, business transformation, and security of all types from UEM to multi-layer IoT security, to fraud prevention.

Anticipating the key themes at MWCA this year is not too difficult when we look at what things have and haven’t changed in the wireless industry over the past year. Clearly we are closer to actual 5G rollouts, so all vendors and operators that participate in the 5G value chain will be touting their wares, anticipating/touting possible use cases, and amping up the excitement for adjacent technologies that will be advanced by 5G such as AR/VR, enhanced video broadcasting and streaming, and advanced interactive gaming systems. On the pure B2B front, vendors will be discussing and demoing technologies that will benefit from low latency such as autonomous driving, robotics, and real-time video surveillance, while noting new business models, service tiers, and applications to be derived from 5G network slicing. 5G readiness, security, fixed vs. mobile broadband services, and regional and global insights will also be discussed, compared, analyzed, and otherwise dissected in panel discussions, presentations, and keynotes.

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Will Enterprise 5G Use Cases be Ready for Prime Time?

Kathryn Weldon – Research Director, Business Network and IT Services – Americas

Summary Bullets:

  • As some 5G networks will be commercially available by the end of this year, operators must now turn to development of compelling and realistic use cases beyond a faster rendition of 4G networking.
  • Operators need to up their game if they are to be recompensed for the substantial investments they are making in 5G. The question is, will autonomous cars, robots, and virtual reality be enough to spark buyer interest?

While 5G services are not yet live, this next generation of wireless technology is already top of mind for service providers, OEMs, and other telecom market ecosystem players. Aside from gearing up to build out the technology, they will be working together to make sure that 5G use cases are compelling – i.e., different enough from 4G to matter to customers. As with any new generation of wireless, the stakes are high, and operators are hoping that they’ll make back their substantial investments in 5G. For most operators, this should come via a “massive” uptake of connectivity, plus revenues from advanced services spanning consumers and business customers. Continue reading “Will Enterprise 5G Use Cases be Ready for Prime Time?”

Apple v. Pepper Elevated to U.S. Supreme Court, Where Developers Seek Acknowledgment

C. Dunlap

Summary Bullets:

  • The U.S. Supreme Court is taking on the Apple v. Pepper antitrust case to determine whether the Apple iOS App Store represents an anti-competitive monopoly and, as such, whether users can sue Apple.
  • A ruling for Apple by the court will impact software developers’ ongoing role in providing the innovation behind mobile apps.

The newly pending U.S. Supreme Court case which will determine whether Apple’s App Store distribution model represents an anti-competitive monopoly could have far-reaching ramifications among software developers, whose collective brain trust is already at a premium and in great shortage. Continue reading “Apple v. Pepper Elevated to U.S. Supreme Court, Where Developers Seek Acknowledgment”

Cable and Satellite Companies Pushing into IoT: Can They Win Against Mobile Operators?

K. Weldon
K. Weldon

Summary Bullets:

  • U.S. cable operators and satellite TV providers have been entering the IoT market over the past two years, selling smart home and wearable solutions to consumers, as well as B2B offerings to businesses.
  • Cox Communications, Comcast, and Dish Networks are actively providing B2B IoT services already or have plans in place to do so.

How Do Cablecos Deliver IoT Services?

Cablecos and satellite TV providers differ fundamentally from mobile operators because they don’t actually own spectrum or licensed wireless networks. But, they have other ‘cards up their sleeves’ which give them a route to market. Continue reading “Cable and Satellite Companies Pushing into IoT: Can They Win Against Mobile Operators?”

LPWAN Progress: Are We There Yet?

K. Weldon
K. Weldon

Summary Bullets:

  • Operators were racing to roll out LPWAN networks in 2017, with the aim of generating massive numbers of new IoT deals and new connections.
  • The LPWA World event in London on May 22 and 23 may help provide a reality check on market traction.

The agenda for LPWA World this week in London provides some clues about the burning issues that need to be addressed, as the networks that mobile operators built out in 2017 are now in place and looking for action. Nearly every major operator offering IoT services and some that are new to the game got on the LPWAN bandwagon in 2017, as the market for inexpensive, energy- and battery-efficient technologies to support low-bandwidth IoT use cases looked hugely promising. The hope was (and remains) that many companies that wanted to deploy IoT for mobile use cases but couldn’t afford the high cost of traditional 3G/4G cellular networks would flock to these new fit-for-purpose low-cost/low-power networks. The operators also see potential new growth opportunities in market segments they haven’t been able to penetrate well, such as smart cities/smart lighting and agriculture. While some providers are offering non-standardized networks based on LoRa and SigFox, most mobile operators launched NB-IoT and LTE-M in 2017. Continue reading “LPWAN Progress: Are We There Yet?”

Why Fortnite Should Convince Telcos to Level Up to 5G

J. Hewer

Summary Bullets:

  • Fortnite has yet to hit Android, but it’s already pulling in $1 million a day on mobile. Demanding low latency and constant connectivity, most gamers are currently confined to WiFi.
  • Next-generation mobile gaming needs 5G, and with a huge global player base, operators should look to gamers to justify 5G.

5G connectivity promises vast improvements in performance over 4G networks; new tech means apps will make use of the available 5G spectrum to ensure faster speeds, and gaming on mobile will benefit. How this technology will be used and potentially adopted at scale will drive the required infrastructure investment. Continue reading “Why Fortnite Should Convince Telcos to Level Up to 5G”

Up, Up, and Away: Satellites Add to IoT Options, with New Capabilities on the Rise

K. Weldon
K. Weldon

Summary Bullets:

  • Satellite services augment/complement cellular coverage for IoT deployments in specific verticals and hard-to-reach geographies.
  • Recent enhancements from satellite providers improve speed and latency, and new management platforms and vertical solutions make them even more compelling.

Service providers such as Iridium, Inmarsat, Orbcomm, and Globecomm have been offering satellite services for many years in order to serve enterprise mobility and IoT deployment requirements where cellular service is weak or unavailable. These include rural areas and other locations where there is little or no connectivity such as aboard ships and in military installations. Some providers, such as Globecomm, partner with carriers, offering backup services for IoT to AT&T in far-flung global locations. Others are MVNOs that aggregate an array of carriers’ cellular access in addition to offering their own satellite capabilities. Continue reading “Up, Up, and Away: Satellites Add to IoT Options, with New Capabilities on the Rise”