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2018-02-07
Berg Insight is hiring
We are expanding our office in Gothenburg and are looking for two additional analysts. Find out more about the available positions on the link below.
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2018-01-11
Berg Insight says top ten mobile operators have 76 percent market share in cellular IoT
A new report from the IoT analyst firm Berg Insight says that the ten leading global mobile operator groups have a combined market share of 76 percent in cellular IoT. The top players reported a combined active base of 407 million cellular IoT connections at the end of H1-2017. China Mobile was number one with 150 million IoT connections in the period. Vodafone ranked second, with a reported 59 million connections, ahead of China Unicom with 50 million IoT connections. AT&T and China Telecom ranked fourth and fifth with 36 million and 28 million IoT connections respectively. Deutsche Telecom, Softbank/Sprint, Verizon and Telefónica currently had in the range of 15–20 million cellular IoT subscribers, which are growing at yearly rates of 15–30 percent. Telenor was the last player in the top ten with approximately 12 million cellular IoT subscribers. “The Chinese mobile operators achieved tremendous volume growth in 2017, driven by accelerating uptake of cellular IoT in the domestic market”, says Tobias Ryberg, Senior Analyst at Berg Insight and author of the report. “China Mobile is believed to have reached 200 million cellular IoT connections at the end of 2017”. Vodafone and AT&T are consolidating their positions as regional market leaders in Europe and North America respectively, serving multinational clients on a global basis. “In 2017, Vodafone extended its lead in the European market”, says Mr Ryberg. “The competitors are however also gaining momentum and the expanding market has room for multiple players”. In terms of revenues, the Western mobile operators are ahead of their Chinese counterparts. Berg Insight expects that at least three operator groups – AT&T, Verizon and Vodafone – will generate more than US$ 1 billion in revenues from IoT in 2018. “The main strategy for growing IoT revenues is vertical plays in major application areas,” says Mr Ryberg. “Verizon, Vodafone and others have made significant acquisitions in the connected vehicle space to extend their product portfolios. AT&T and Deutsche Telekom develop dedicated practices for smart cities and many operators seek to play leading roles in national projects in areas like smart metering and electronic road charging”.

2018-01-08
Berg Insight says China will drive accelerated growth for cellular IoT in 2018
A new report from the IoT market research firm Berg Insight estimates that the global number of cellular IoT subscribers increased by 56 percent during 2017 to reach 647.5 million. The accelerating growth is expected to take the global installed base to almost 1 billion at the end of 2018. By 2022, Berg Insight now projects that there will be 2.7 billion IoT devices connected to cellular networks worldwide. “China is playing a key role in accelerating and transforming the global cellular IoT market”, said Tobias Ryberg, senior analyst and author of the report. “The Chinese government has set a goal to connect 600 million devices to NB-IoT networks by 2020. NB-IoT will essentially replace 2G technology, which accounted for the bulk of the 150 million new cellular IoT connections added in the country in 2017. In the process, the cost of 4G-based cellular IoT chipsets and modules will fall dramatically, paving the way for a similar transition worldwide”. The report concludes that the developments will ultimately make 2G networks obsolete as different flavours of 4G will meet all cellular IoT use cases at lower cost and better performance. The next wave of cellular IoT adoption is focused on new vertical segments like smart cities and infrastructure, smart industrial supply chains and connected consumer products. Berg Insight believes the new wave will start in China, where government authorities and manufacturing companies will be first in the world to deploy connected devices using NB-IOT technology on a massive scale. In the same way, embedded cellular IoT connectivity will be added to a wide number of consumer product categories. “The remarkable rise of the bike sharing industry illustrates how fast new technology can scale in the Chinese consumer market. In less than a year, tens of millions of connected bikes were launched into the streets of major cities”, said Mr Ryberg. “The aftermath of the bike sharing frenzy does however underline an equally important point: IoT technology adds no value without a proper business case. The long-term winners in IoT will be those who combine scale and economic benefit”.

2018-01-07
Berg Insight at Mobile World Congress 2018
Berg Insight will take part in the event in Barcelona that is held February 26-1 March 2018. There will be 5 analysts from Berg Insight at the event. Please contact us if you would like to take the opportunity to meet with us there. Click on the link below for more information about the event.
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2017-12-21
The installed base of fleet management systems in Russia/CIS and Eastern Europe will reach 9.1 million by 2021
According to a new research report from the M2M/IoT analyst firm Berg Insight, the number of active fleet management systems deployed in commercial vehicle fleets in Russia/CIS and Eastern Europe was 4.8 million in Q4-2016. Growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 13.5 percent, this number is expected to reach 9.1 million by 2021. The Russian market alone accounts for a significant share of the region’s total installed base and is forecasted to grow from 2.1 million active units at the end of 2016 to 3.5 million units by 2021. The top-15 providers of fleet management solutions for commercial vehicles across Russia, the rest of the CIS and Eastern Europe together have a combined installed base of over 2.6 million active units in the region and around half of the market is even represented by the top-10 players. The leading fleet management solution providers in terms of installed base in the CIS and Eastern Europe include diverse players from a number of countries. “Belarus-based Gurtam is the leading fleet management software provider, having surpassed the milestone of 500,000 vehicles under management in the region”, says Rickard Andersson, Senior Analyst, Berg Insight. He adds that Gurtam is focused on software, providing a hardware-agnostic tracking platform offering compatibility with over 1,300 different device models from hundreds of third-party hardware manufacturers. “Arvento Mobile Systems from Turkey and TechnoKom based in Russia are the first and second runners-up, followed by Turkish Mobiliz and the Russian players NIS, SCOUT and Navigator Group”, continues Mr. Andersson. Additional top-15 players include Russia-based Omnicomm which has around 100,000 active fleet management units, as well as Infotech in Turkey, Fort Telecom and SpaceTeam in Russia, the European market leader TomTom Telematics, Princip in the Czech Republic, the major truck OEM Scania and Secret Control which is based in Hungary. “With the exception of TomTom Telematics and Scania, the major international solution providers based in Western Europe, North America or South Africa are yet to reach the top-15 list for this region”, concluded Mr. Andersson.

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