SOURCE: Alexander Resources

June 21, 2005 15:10 ET

New Players, Partnerships, and Key Segments Will Grow Wireless Machine-to-Machine Communications to $270 Billion by 2010

Mobile Phone Carriers Slow to Seize Opportunity

DALLAS, TX -- (MARKET WIRE) -- June 21, 2005 -- The worldwide market for wireless machine-to-machine (M2M) communications will grow from $24 billion in 2004 to an estimated $270 billion by 2010. "Go-To-Market" solutions built around single vendors, new players providing vertical packages, and the expanding and innovative deployments in the supply chain, retail, utilities, security and health customer sectors are the primary contributors to a forecasted 49% annual growth rate. These are some of the key findings from a new research report: "Machine to Machine (M2M) - Strong Growth of Wireless M2M and Impact of RFID," now available from Alexander Resources, a leading research, consulting and education firm specializing in wireless communications.

This new market report provides an in-depth analysis of the M2M market, focusing on cellular technologies and RFID in Western Europe and the United States, along with analysis of the leading players' strategies and developments taking place on the major vertical markets.

Additional conclusions from this report include:

--  The eventual use of RFID tags on a large number of business products,
    and even in retail opens the way to a multitude of new M2M applications.
    Mobile phones, which can act in the future as RFID readers, are the focus
    of a great deal of attention for the role they can play in NFC solutions.
    
--  For the most part mobile phone carriers have only recently entered
    this market, and many different approaches are being taken. The most highly
    involved carriers are offering technological platforms (Orange) or vertical
    packages (BT, Vodafone...). Some, on the other hand, especially in the US,
    have confined operations to selling bandwidth either directly or via MVNOs.
    
--  The cautious approach by mobile phone carriers has resulted in a lack
    of international coverage and insufficient quality of service. As a result,
    businesses have often turned to paging network operators (like Mobitex) or
    to MVNO/MVNE (Wyless, Wireless Maingate...) specialized in M2M, of which
    there are a growing number.
    
--  The swift rate at which the various wireless technologies become
    obsolete is fuelling reticence in some industries that are ready to adopt
    M2M. The greatest difficulty lies in the complexity of M2M solutions and
    ecosystems.
    
--  Certain industries are designing their own innovative services, like
    the automotive insurance business's "pay as you drive" system, new vending
    machine systems and preventive maintenance solutions for office equipment.
    

Additional information on this new report can be found at: http://www.alexanderresources.com/reports.htm or by contacting Alexander Resources at Reports@AlexanderResources.com or calling us at 972-818-8225.

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Alexander Resources is a leading provider of strategic consulting, educational services, and research reports to the wireless communications industry. Founded in 1990, the company's clients include over 200 of the world's leading manufacturers and service providers of wireless communications networks, products, and services.

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