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M2M connections to triple in five years

March 25, 2010 • Mobile and Telecoms

Mats Norin, Head of Mobile Broadband Module at Ericsson

According to ABI Research, the number of cellular M2M (machine-to-machine) is likely to triple over the next five years, reaching over 200 million in 2014.

“Ericsson envisions 50 billion connected devices by 2020”, said Mats Norin, Head of Mobile Broadband Modules at Ericsson. The company has an agreement with US wireless M2M vendor Digi International, in which Ericsson provides its HSPA mobile broadband module in selected Digi Transport and Digi Connect cellular gateways for rapid global adoption of 3G connectivity in M2M applications.

“There is a strong trend towards connectivity in a wide range of industry applications and our embedded modules enable HSPA in any device. The collaboration with Digi opens up new opportunities for us in a rapidly growing market”, added Norin.

Larry Kraft, senior vice president of global sales and marketing, Digi International, said that the company is driving M2M adoption in various industries, such as energy, fleet management, retail and security by developing new high-speed wireless M2M applications, such as video surveillance and other high-bandwidth applications, that require higher upload speeds. The partnership with Ericsson will enable the company to offer these high-end solutions to its customers.

Ericsson is one of the world’s provider of technology and services to telecom operators. The company’s portfolio comprises mobile and fixed network infrastructure, telecom services, software, broadband and multimedia solutions for operators, enterprises and the media industry.

Digi International is making wireless M2M easy by developing products and solutions to connect and manage local or remote electronic devices over the network or via the Web.

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