Alliance Works to Secure Home Devices
Going forward, the Z-Wave Alliance says it require strict and uniform adoption of the new Security 2 framework for all Z-Wave devices receiving certification. That aims to deliver advanced security for smart home devices and controllers, gateways and hubs in the market today. “We are absolutely committed to making Z-Wave the safest, most secure ecosystem of smart devices on the global market,” commented Mitchell Klein, executive director of the Z-Wave Alliance.
Nokia (News - Alert) Reorganizes Mobile Networks Business
Nokia is making some significant changes within its organization in an effort to better respond to changing dynamics in the cellular service provider marketplace. That includes separating its services business from its products and solutions business, and reassigning some of its leadership. Current CIO and COO Marc Rouanne becomes president of the Mobile Networks business group. Meanwhile, Nokia’s executive vice president of global services Igor Leprince becomes president of the new Global Services effort. And current COO of Fixed Networks Monika Maurer becomes group COO. Samih Elhage, Nokia’s Mobile Networks former head, is leaving the company as part of the reorganization.
WLAN Market Soft in 4Q2016, But Growing
Worldwide, the wireless local area network market increased 3.1 percent last year, with a value of $2.43 billion. But in the fourth quarter it experienced a 0.1 percent year-over-year decrease. This data comes courtesy of International Data Corp. "While growth in 4Q16 is lower compared to previous quarters, IDC (News - Alert) believes this market softness will be temporary," said analyst Nolan Greene. "Digital transformation efforts are continuing to take hold around the world and the market landscape is evolving so that vendors compete more nimbly to address the needs of emerging segments and use cases such as the Internet of Things." The research firm also reported that the enterprise segment grew 3.1 percent year-over-year in the fourth quarter, reaching $1.41 billion, and 7.2 percent for all of 2016, when it reached $5.4 billion.
Cellular IoT Device Shipments 530.1 By 2022
IoT analyst firm Berg Insight expects global shipments of cellular IoT devices to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 22.7 percent to reach 530.1 million units in 2022. That’ll be fueled in large part by fast-growing demand in China and the global adoption of connected car technology, the company explains. Berg Insight analyst Tobias Ryberg comments that “LTE (News - Alert)-M and NB-IoT are the latest in a long line of cellular standards already connecting hundreds of millions of devices worldwide” and says that “alternative non-cellular LPWA technologies have a very long way to go before they achieve the same prominence.”
Cablecos Go Conservative in 600MHz Auction“The dream of a national facilities-based cable build is dead,” telecom financial analyst Craig Moffett wrote in the wake of the 600MHz auction results. That’s because Comcast (News - Alert) purchased half the amount of bandwidth it had been expected to.
Edited by Erik Linask