The Internet of Everything was one of the top five emerging technologies trends in 2014 set by
The MENA region is one of the smaller M2M markets, but growth will be strong during the next 10 years. M2M device connections will increase from 3 million to 95 million in 2024, according to Analysys Mason.
Operators are aware of the importance of M2M in the region, where new related projects are being developed, and they are ready to be part of the development of this sector.
"We believe that growth in M2M demand in MENA will be coming from the automotive and transport and security sector in the short term, while utilities will increase its share of connections and become the dominant sector in terms of total M2M connections by 2024," said
Predominantly, specialists interviewed by CommsMEA agreed that these sectors will bethe main industries adopting M2M.
"With a worldwide hype around smart cities, especially within GCC region, we can only expect a rise in the use of Internet of Things and M2M, particularly within Healthcare, Public Safety, Transportation, and Utilities, where based on our customers' experience we have seen that connected devices are creating most value," noted
Across the region, experts believe that initial launches of M2M are expected to take place in early adopter markets such as the
"We are confident that there is indeed a massively increasing demand for connecting devices to networks. The B2B2C market will eventually take off: e-readers, digital picture frames, vehicle telematics and entertainment systems, and home appliances will increasingly be either connected to a fixed network or shipped with embedded SIMs for diagnostics and remote servicing. In contrast, the B2B market will proceed in fits and starts and show steady growth, but not at the volumes or rates of the B2B2C segment. It will continue to be highly customised. However, many businesses will take time to be convinced about the benefits of M2M," said
Satellites to improve M2M connectivity
Some of the sectors where M2M will experience growth need to connect remote assets or track moving devices. To manage this aspect, satellites offer strategic advantages over terrestrial deployments.
Smart cities and e-Health
Specifically in the MEA region, diabetes is a real concern. The
"e-Health or m-Health will revolutionise healthcare, and has a huge role to play in transforming healthcare provision across the region and the rest of the world, commented Galica.
Analysts believe that e-Health is also becoming "trendy" as they offer customers new ways to improve their lifestyle and health. Yaici said that, at the moment, "most of the commercial e-health services cater only for end users, by providing lifestyle and medical information, using a smartphone application. Demand for B2C services is set to grow because more users will be looking for self-measurement services.
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