The Basic Statistics Of Annual Growth:
When we talk about IoT and Mobile, in 2015, the IT industry had an annual growth of 6.3% as compared to 4.5% at the end of 2014, according to consulting firm IDC (International Data Corporation).
Slower growth in the economy, increased volatility in the exchange rate of the other currencies against the Dollar and a decline in consumer confidence are the factors that led to the reduced expectations for expansion.
Still the technology seems unstoppable. Mobility, Digital Services and Cloud Computing maintained a rapid adoption, as reflected in the topics and presentations of the International CES 2015, which were brought together in Las Vegas to industry consumer electronics.
The Combination Of IoT And Mobile:
When the IoT (Internet of Things) emerged strongly on the industry, IoT and Mobile were brought together and more initiatives were taken in the development of smart cities. While cyber security became an issue as that left office systems to reach the agenda of CEOs of companies. It was a crucial issue in the adoption of Cloud Computing, according to experts.
The Challenges That Were Faced:
The Correspondence Of Mobile Lines To Smartphones:
In 2015, 68% of mobile lines corresponded to smartphones, from 51% in 2014. The reduction in the costs of smartphones and a wider choice of devices with high-end features as well as higher sales outlets engendered to promote its adoption. Preference grew by devices with screen sizes 4 to 6 inches, a size that was much closer to a tablet.
According to IDC data, shipments of smartphones grew by 9.19% in 2015 reaching 34.8 million units, while tablets had a growth of 6.83% by adding 6.1 million devices.
Few Hits On Fourth Generation Networks:
Although an increase in mobile technologies was expected, connections to networks of fourth generation LTE technology were still having a low range, which showed a problem of monetization for mobile operators. According to IDC, in Latin America there are 44 LTE developments in 18 countries.
Back in 2014, the shipments of smartphones with LTE capacity totaled 4.85 million units, and in 2015 it grew by 90.9% reaching 9.26 million.
Consumption Of Services:
Due to the increased adoption of smart devices and mobile connectivity in 2015, there was also a rise of content services. Mainly in the music apps like Spotify and Rdio, video apps like Netflix and even in the paid television signals like HBO and ESPN. As predicted earlier by the technological firm Ooyala, more than 50% of online video traffic were from devices like smartphones and tablets by 2015.
“We see a tremendous acceleration. This is like the Big Bang. Internet TV and OTT video are taking off and the phones are a huge part of growth. A year ago we projected that 50% of our views would be from mobile by the end of 2016, but data indicate that we saw that happen at the end of 2015 itself”, said Jim O’ Neill, principal analyst at Ooyala.
Experts say that these services will complement traditional cable TV services, and no substitutes as outlined in other economies like the United States.
IoT Driven By Industries:
In 2015, the era of Internet of Things became a reality. Not the wearable computing but the transportation, logistics, manufacturing, energy, retail, healthcare and the public sectors. Sensors and data analytics services were the technologies that enabled this trend, according to Edgar Fierro, IDC.
Max Tremp, director of engineering at Cisco Mexico also saw a trend towards the creation of virtual mobile operators specialized in the machine to machine communication called Internet of Things.
Cyber-security Reaches The Cloud and Address:
The growth of Cloud Computing is coming from the private sector to government agencies. It records a CAGR of 55% between 2013-2018, according to IDC.
Cyber-security is a crucial issue in the adoption of this technology, and even decision-making to general management of companies. Cases of violations to major companies like Target, Home Depot or Sony Pictures in 2014 have turned on the alarm.
“The security issue will be a priority issue on the agenda of the CEO because all the vulnerabilities that have been detected in reputable companies are generating awareness among business executives. In 2016, about 70% of CEOs will have the security issue as a prior issue”, said Edgar Fierro, IDC.
3D Printing And Virtual Reality:
3D Printing and Virtual Reality are promising technologies that are in the market. 3D Printing on one side, began to arouse interest in industries and creative spaces and collaboration and many companies began to manufacture their own equipments.
Some efforts were made to boost adoption. For instance, the Government of Jalisco selected 3D Printing as one of the axes for the development of its digital technologies agenda including it in the state public policy for innovation.
The impact of Virtual Reality was seen when Facebook acquired the company Oculus VR. Experts initially estimated that commercial output of Virtual Reality glasses and the existence of Oculus and other competitors such as Samsung or Google can accelerate their adoption beyond video games to reach sectors such as construction or medicine.