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4G-only modem is a big part of the future of machine-to-machine (M2M) communications.
LTE-focused chip designer Altair Semiconductor is betting that a 4G-only modem is a big part of the future of machine-to-machine (M2M) communications.
M2M sensors, RFID badges, and tracking tags have typically used short-range radio technology like Zigbee, Bluetooth, and WiFi for connectivity. Carriers, meanwhile, have mostly focused on 2G and 3G networks for M2M applications, figuring that most situations don't require particularly high-data rates.
The need to avoid truck rolls every few years to upgrade or replace sensors will soon push carriers, utilities, and vendors towards LTE, however, argues Eran Eshed, co-founder and VP of marketing at Altair Semiconductor . "In the M2M space you need to guarantee network longevity, or it's a non-starter," he states.
To that end, Altair is working on an LTE-only modem -- the ALT100M -- for the M2M market in anticipation of more focus on "Internet of Things" devices using 4G. "I'd say that you'll see products selling in the market next year," Eshed says of the coming silicon.
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Allied Market Research Reports Global LTE Revenue to Reach $997 Billion by 2020
Research group Allied Market Research reported last week that it expects the global LTE market to reach $997 billion by 2020. Citing data from its LTE Market (TDD, FDD, LTE Advance) - Global Opportunity Analysis and Forecast - 2012-2020 study, the organization reveals that the market may experience a compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) of 58.2 percent during the 2013 - 2020 period with much of that growth taking place in the Asia Pacific region.
The announcement says that, by 2020, Asia Pacific will hold approximately 40 percent of the overall market and that it will need to grow much more rapidly than other parts of the globe to reach that mark. Currently, the region accounts for $2.8 billion. With AMR expecting that it will reach $390 billion by the end of the projection period, Asia Pacific must show a CAGR of 71.5 percent in the seven-year span. The other regions addressed in the study include North America, Europe, and Rest of the World (RoW).
Source: Allied Market Research Reports Global LTE Revenue to Reach $997 Billion by 2020