ATLANTA — Brace yourself for an onslaught of machine-to-machine (M2M) connections.
GSMA, a global mobile industry trade association, predicts there could be as many as 2 billion M2M connections by 2020 — double the current forecast. The estimate was included in a report released this week in conjunction with GSMA’s Mobile 360 North America conference here.
M2M, an integral part of the Internet of Things (IoT), describes the use of applications enabled by communication between two or more machines. The GSMA study only counts M2M connections that access mobile networks (cellular M2M) and excludes consumer devices such as smartphones and tablets.
Currently, approximately 468 mobile operators offer M2M services across 190 countries, accounting for about three percent of global mobile connections. GSMA expects M2M will account for at least 10 percent of the global mobile market by 2020 under desirable market conditions.