2013 Trends: Michal Harris, Director, Market Insight & Strategy, Amdocs

LTE and M2M will be among the technologies that continue to advance in 2013

  1. LTE will be the technology of choice to meet the increasing demand for data, driven by the widespread availability of affordable smartphones and tablets. It will be possible for people in remote areas to connect to urban areas at a lower cost. Countries like Brazil and India are already taking steps in this direction.
  2. The Connected Life” will pick up increased momentum, driven by increased availability of data connectivity across emerging markets. There will be an increase in use of connected life services such as mobile health, education and payments, made possible by the formation of new ecosystems. Service providers in Africa work with local partners on projects that use mobile phones to improve prevention efforts, patient care, treatment support and health data.
  3. Machine to Machine (M2M) solutions such as fleet management and smart grid applications will also continue to grow, driven by the increased availability of connectivity in these markets. For example, it is expected that there will be a growth of over 100% in the CAGR in the M2M arena in India in the next few years, reaching 130 million mobile-connected modules by 2016.

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