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Global M2M connections passed 80m in 2010

01 февраля 2011

Global mobile M2M connections reached 81.4 million by the end of 2010, up 46% on-year, according to statistics published by Berg Insight on Monday.

The research firm claimed that Europe maintained its position as the world's largest M2M market, accounting for 29.5 million connections, up 43% from the end of 2009.

By comparison North America accounted for 23.6 million connections, while Asia-Pacific saw M2M connections reach 19.6 million by the end of the year.

"The strong market performance was the result of a stronger focus on M2M applications in the mobile communications industry and the rise of wirelessly-enabled consumer products," said Berg Insight co-founder Tobias Ryberg, in a research note.

Indeed, the U.S. and Japan saw M2M connections rise by 52% and 60% respectively, according to Berg Insight, driven by rising uptake of e-readers and digital photo frames.

Meanwhile AT&T overtook Verizon as the world's largest provider of M2M services, reporting 9.3 million subscribers in Q4 2010, compared to Verizon's 8.1 million.

"[AT&T] added 4.7 million machines and consumer devices with embedded connectivity during 2010, almost doubling its subscriber base," claimed Berg Insight.

The company puts Vodafone in third place with M2M connections estimated at somewhere between 7-8 million, ahead of fourth-placed China Mobile, which Berg Insight estimated ended 2010 with around 6 million connections. T-Mobile completes the top five, according to the research firm, with approximately 5 million M2M connections.

Источник: Total Telecom

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