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2016-02-01
Berg Insight at Mobile World Congress 2016
Berg Insight will take part in the event in Barcelona that is held February 22-25. There will be 4 representatives 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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2015-12-23
The installed base of fleet management systems in South Africa will reach 1.5 million units by 2020
According to a new research report from the analyst firm Berg Insight, the number of active fleet management systems deployed in commercial vehicle fleets in South Africa was 0.9 million in Q4-2015. Growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 10.8 percent, this number is expected to reach 1.5 million by 2020. The market is dominated by a group of aftermarket telematics players including MiX Telematics, Cartrack, Altech Netstar, DigiCore (Ctrack) and Tracker which are all headquartered in South Africa and have installed bases of more than 100,000 fleet management units on the domestic market. Notably, these top-5 players together represent as much as two thirds of the total number of active fleet management systems in use in the country today. “South Africa is a relatively mature telematics market and the penetration is comparably high from an international perspective”, said Rickard Andersson, Senior Analyst, Berg Insight. He adds that the country is the home of a large number of telematics companies including renowned international players such as MiX Telematics and DigiCore. “Many of the local telematics solution providers have their roots in vehicle security applications. These telematics companies have in many cases extended their SVR offerings with additional functionalities for fleet management”, continued Mr. Andersson. Some industry players use the categorisation of light fleet management to distinguish low-end products from premium solutions. “Far from all deployments are thus full-scale advanced fleet management solutions, and a notable share of the installed fleet telematics systems on the South African market is represented by comparably low-end tracking systems combining stolen vehicle recovery with basic fleet management features”, concluded Mr. Andersson.

2015-12-22
Berg Insight is hiring
We are expanding our office in Gothenburg and are looking for some additional colleagues. Find out more about the available positions on the link below or find out ads on Linkedin.
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2015-12-21
Berg Insight predicts 1 billion cellular M2M subscribers by 2022
According to a new research report from the analyst firm Berg Insight, the global number of cellular M2M subscribers increased by 23 percent during 2015 to reach 265.2 million at the end of the year. East Asia was the largest regional market with 90.4 million M2M subscribers, followed by Western Europe and North America with 59.0 million and 52.5 million respectively. Over the next five years, the installed base of cellular M2M devices is projected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 22.9 percent. “Our current view is that the 1 billion milestone for cellular M2M subscribers will be reached in 2022”, says Tobias Ryberg, Senior Analyst Berg Insight and author of the report. As the cellular M2M market continues to grow, it is starting to generate substantial revenues for leading telecom operator groups. Verizon and Vodafone reported quarterly M2M/IoT revenues in the range of € 150–200 million each in the first half of 2015 and could be on track to reach € 1 billion on an annual basis within a few years’ time. Both groups have substantial telematics businesses, originally established through acquisitions. Besides traditional connectivity and professional services, they generate a considerable share of their sales from automotive products, driver assistance services and connected automotive applications. One of the main trends highlighted by the report is the rapid transformation of the wireless M2M/IoT networking technology landscape. 2G networks are gradually taken out of service to be replaced by more efficient 4G technology. At the same time, new enhancements are being added to the LTE standard to better accommodate typical M2M use-cases with large numbers of devices and very low data requirements. In addition, the leading players in the mobile industry have reached a highly significant agreement to define a new global standard for low power wireless communication based on mobile network infrastructure. The new NB-IoT standard was accepted by the 3GPP in December 2015 and will be included in the 3GPP Release 13, due for publication in January 2016. Berg Insight believes that the initiative will become successful in establishing a global standard for lightweight IoT communication on public networks in the next 3–5 years.

2015-12-15
Shipments of connected wearables will reach 228 million in 2020
According to a new report from the M2M/IoT analyst firm Berg Insight, shipments of connected wearables reached 72.5 million in 2015, up from 25.3 million devices in the previous year. Growing at a compound annual growth rate of 25.8 percent, total shipments of smartwatches, smart glasses, fitness & activity trackers, people monitoring & safety devices and medical devices as well as other wearable devices are forecasted to reach 228.3 million units in 2020. Bluetooth will remain the primary connectivity option in the coming years. A total of 17.8 million of the wearables sold in 2020 are forecasted to incorporate embedded cellular connectivity, mainly in the smartwatch and people monitoring & safety categories. Apple entered the connected wearables market in Q2-2015 and quickly became the leading smartwatch vendor. The competition is responding with increasingly capable and attractive devices from Android Wear vendors including Motorola, LG, Huawei and Asus as well as from vendors betting on other platforms such as Samsung and Pebble. Smartwatch sales have picked up considerably during 2015 and shipments are on the track to reach 19.5 million units by the end of the year, a 353 percent increase year-on-year. “This market development has not gone unnoticed by the traditional watch industry and several vendors including Fossil and TAG Heuer have presented smartwatches of their own” said Johan Svanberg, Senior Analyst, Berg Insight. Improved devices available in different price segments will drive adoption in the next five years and smartwatches is predicted to become the largest device category by the end of the forecast period. Today, fitness & activity trackers is still the largest device category and shipments are expected to reach 51.0 million units in 2015. Market pioneers such as Fitbit, Jawbone and Garmin have in the past years been joined by an abundance of companies including major players from the smartphone industry. “Xiaomi has been particularly successful with its affordable trackers and the company is the only fitness tracker vendor which can compete with Fitbit in terms of sales volumes” comments Mr. Svanberg. This product category is now facing fierce competition from smartwatches that in many cases include activity tracking features. Decreasing prices and new form factors will still enable dedicated fitness & activity trackers to reach shipments of 71.0 million units in 2020. Connected wearables such as cardiac rhythm management devices, ECG monitors, mobile Personal Emergency Response Systems (mPERS) and wearable computers are already common in the medical, people monitoring and enterprise segments. Furthermore, miniaturised electronics, low power wireless connectivity and cloud services have enabled the development of a wide range of new connected wearables such as authentication and gestures wristbands, notification rings, smart motorcycle helmets and smart gloves. Shipments of smart glasses have so far been very modest, but promising use cases in professional markets as well as in niche consumer segments will enable smart glasses to become a sizeable connected wearable device category in the next five years.

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