Publication Name: ETTelecom.com
Date: December 2014
NEW DELHI: The possibilities of machine to machine (M2M) communications are endless and the technology is likely to unlock a new revenue streams for stressed telecom service operators in India, said the top executive of a Tata Group subsidiary.
Headquartered in Bangalore, Tata Elxsi, a part of the $100 billion Tata group, is a product design company. It offers wireless access and backhaul solutions on GSM, 3G, WiMAX, LTE and WiFi, and facilitates Internet of Things (IoT) in the areas of smart energy, transportation and remote healthcare.
"The telcos, under constant pressure to increase ARPU, are expected to take the M2M route to innovate, design innovative services, and unearth newer revenue streams, while solving some of the basic problems that India is facing today," Tata Elxsi Vice President Shyam Ananthnarayan said.
Advisory and research company Gartner predicted that there would be nearly 26 billion connected devices, with a global economic value-add of $1.9 trillion by 2020.
"The possibilities of M2M in India are endless with improved remote health diagnostics, energy conservation, traffic congestion management, improved ticketing or tax collection facility," he said. "The adoption has not happened on a mass scale yet, but telcos have started working towards it."
According to market research firm Frost & Sullivan, the areas that would likely drive M2M growth include the automotive industry with smart cars, utility companies with smart grids, healthcare and home automation.
But lack of standards, reliability, poor network coverage, safety, interoperability and data-privacy concerns pose big challenges for M2M deployments, Ananthnarayan said.