Convergent Expansion: Mobile - Wi-Fi Convergence, 5G & the IoT
2015.04.28   |   31 pages   |   Convergence & M2M

Author:
Robert Harrison


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Mobile operators are facing demands to handle ever-greater volumes of data and at the same time to support a wide range of new applications that are emerging from the growth of M2M (Machine-to-Machine) communications and the IoT (Internet of Things).

So far the response has been largely on the technical front, although a small number of operators are actively pursuing opportunities in M2M and the IoT. The technical responses have been primarily in two areas. One is in the development of standards to permit seamless interworking of mobile and Wi-Fi networks for both data and voice traffic, in order to reduce costs and improve coverage and capacity. The second is in starting the process of defining 5G as the next generation mobile standard with a view to being able to cater for all likely future requirements that are anticipated from the development and growth of the IoT.

This report looks at progress in defining 5G and its likely scope, and at progress in developing seamless roaming between Wi-Fi and mobile networks. It then looks at the other areas MNOs need to consider, including the business models, systems and processes that will require change for operators to address the new M2M and IoT markets.

It concludes with recommendations for actions to be taken by MNOs if they are to successfully manage the transition.

Companies: AT&T, Apple, Orange, Sprint, Telefonica, Verizon, Vodafone, EE, T-Mobile, O2, BT, SoftBank, Bluesmart, Spark, Sigfox, ThingWorx, POST (Luxembourg), Neul, Qualcom

Countries: Germany, Japan, UK, US, Global

Keywords: Digital Life, M2M, 5G Use Cases, 5GPPP, VoWi-Fi, eCall, seamless handover, 5GWA, NGMN, Embedded SIMs, ANDSF, IoT, HOtspot 2.0, Wi-Fi, VoLTE, 5G, Wi-Fi roaming,

Table of Contents
1 Overview 1
2 Introduction 2
2.1 Background to the Report 2
2.2 Report Content 3
2.3 Currency and Conversions 4
2.4 Further Questions and Feedback 4
3 5G: The Vision 5
3.1 Introduction 5
3.2 The Vision 5
3.2.1 GSMA Vision 5
3.2.2 NGMA Vision 6
3.3 Use Cases and Applications 7
3.4 The Evolution of Existing Technologies to 5G 11
3.5 Market Demand & Drivers 12
3.5.1 Consumer Demand 12
3.5.2 Business Applications 14
4 Seamless Data & Voice Networks 15
4.1 Introduction 15
4.2 Wi-Fi & Mobile Interworking 16
4.2.1 Interoperability 16
4.2.2 Hotspot 2.0 17
4.2.3 Offloading Data Traffic 18
4.2.4 Implementation 19
4.3 Seamless Voice: VoWi-Fi & VoLTE 20
4.4 Unlicensed Spectrum LTE 21
5 IoT Business Models and Enablers 22
5.1 Introduction 22
5.2 Business Models & Processes 22
5.2.1 Business Models and Market Approach 22
5.2.2 Innovative Services 23
5.2.3 Business Metrics, Pricing and Payment 24
5.2.4 Service Activation 25
5.3 Devices, Embedded SIMs and Platforms 25
5.4 Network Options 26
5.4.1 Network Choices: 2G or 4G 26
5.4.2 Alternative M2M/IoT Networks 26
6 Key Findings 28
6.1 Introduction 28
6.2 5G 28
6.3 Seamless Networks 28
6.4 IoT Enablers 29
6.5 Conclusions 30
7 Recommendations 31
  Appendix - Feedback Questions 33

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