I believe that M2M (Machine to Machine) applications are an important part of the future of Telecoms. I spoke to a Telco exec who said that Operators are excited about M2M apps.
This was interesting for me .. Until I asked him for the reason why ..
He said something along these lines:
Machines consume less data. They don’t call the helpdesk. They pay their bills on time. Machines are ‘one to many’ connections (one person may have more than one connection). The end customer devices are simple (like Smart meters). This is all more revenue to Operators and less pain to manage it
But this is sad .. And in my view, very limited thinking ..
Should new applications and innovation be tied to limited date usage? If that’s the only criteria (as it appears to be), it will stifle innovation
I said before that: Now that the Data tsunami wars are over, the Operators will face more regulatory and customer pressure to deliver and there is no fallback(to the bandwidth hogs).
After all, spectrum is a national resource and the entire discussion of new services like Machine to Machine applications should not come down to limited data usage.
Connections to Operator are good but they are only the beginning and not an end in itself.