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Four vendors set to dominate the M2M module market

The mobile M2M module market is expected to grow at a rapid pace through 2020. Four vendors are set to dominate the market.

The mobile M2M module market is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 21 percent between 2016 to 2020. Demand is indeed expected to increase across multiple industries, including energy, oil and gas, automotive, and healthcare, according to new research by Technavio.

Market drivers include a number of government initiatives, such as the European Union’s eCall regulation, which mandates all new vehicles to be equipped with emergency call systems. “These government regulations have fueled the demand for automotive M2M modules, which, in turn, will propel this market’s growth prospects in the coming years,” said Technavio. Going forward, the analyst firm expects emerging technologies such as Firmware Over-The-Air (FOTA) to help module providers improve the quality of their modules while reducing cost and avoiding product recalls. “This technology is gaining significant traction in the market and will boost this market’s growth prospects during the predicted period.”

Fierce competition

Such a rapid, attractive growth is bound to stimulate competition within the mobile M2M module market. Technavio expects the market to witness fierce competition among several large and small vendors. “With the augmented demand for 3G and LTE modules for various M2M applications, several vendors are making high investments in R&D to develop low-priced 3G and LTE modules. Many companies have adopted M&A strategy to increase the sale of M2M modules across different geographies,” Technavio noted. The analyst firm identified four vendors, of rather different types, which are set to dominate the mobile M2M module market through 2020. These are Gemalto, Huawei, Sierra Wireless and Telit. Technavio took into account the revenue generated by the retail sales of M2M modules running on 2G, 3G, and LTE technologies as well as M2M module applications. Other vendors in the mobile M2M module market include Novatel Wireless, Option, Quectel Wireless Solutions, U-Blox, and ZTE.

2G, the U.S. dominate the market

The 2G segment accounted for 49 percent of the mobile M2M module market in 2015. Technavio expects however this share to decrease rapidly as growing M2M applications such as telemetry, video surveillance, fleet management, automotive infotainment or emergency services, require high speed and high bandwidth. “Therefore, most telecom operators are planning to decommission 2G networks and upgrade to 3G and 4G/LTE networks.”

In terms of geography, the Americas dominated the mobile M2M module market in 2015 and are expected to continue dominating the market through 2020. By then, the value of the market in the Americas is excepted to reach $2 billion. “Increased deployment of 3G and LTE technologies and the rise in usage of mobile devices are driving the demand for mobile M2M modules in this region. Moreover, the increased deployment of M2M modules in the electronic security sector will also contribute to the growth of the market in the region,” said Technavio.

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