New in-vehicle infotainment services such as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto will generate huge amounts of new cellular M2M data traffic. It will account for up to 98 per cent of all M2M data traffic over the next five years.

This finding is the result of a new study by Juniper Research called M2M: Strategies & Opportunities for MNOs, Service Providers & OEMs 2016-2021.

According to the study, data intensive applications such as Internet radio, music streaming applications and information services will generate approximately 6,000 PB per annum by 2021. Such a volume is equivalent to over 300 billion hours of music streaming.

In-vehicle 4G SIMs will provide ‘over-the-air’ service and subscription updates for drivers and passengers.

M2M to Drive Autonomous Vehicles

The technology will be crucial to the development of autonomous driving systems in the future, said the authors. Cellular V2V (vehicle to vehicle) technology, enabled through M2M, is expected to be the cornerstone of the system in the coming years.

According to the report, operators will need to ensure that their networks remain able to cope with the projected increases in data traffic, especially in urban areas.

“Future smart city systems, such as smart parking and smart intersections, will further drive data usage and the potential strain on networks,” said the study.

New Opportunities for Operators

Meanwhile, the research found that other, less data-hungry M2M modules, would see significant increases in adoption across an array of key verticals. This includes healthcare, agriculture, smart metering and smart home automation.

According to Research author Sam Barker, “The wider machine to machine market offers a reprieve from declining traditional voice and messaging revenues. Operators are now champing at the bit to capitalise on the growth of M2M.”

The research, however, cautioned that for network operators to maximise their opportunity in the space, they will need to move away from merely providing connectivity and enablement. They need to also offer value added services to their customers.

The whitepaper, The Future of M2M, is now available to download from the Juniper website together with further details of the full research.

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