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The Internet of Things (IoT) represents the next frontier for enterprises and telcos alike. Both see the opportunity to generate revenue from what is expected to become a trillion-dollar industry.


  • As the lines between IoT devices and the traditional telco devices such as mobile phones and tablets become blurred, consumers are increasingly expecting a telco-grade experience.
  • Enterprises must uncover new business models to offset decreasing revenue as device prices fall and the market becomes saturated. Offering value-added services will create a new revenue stream.

Features and Benefits

  • Explains how telcos will enable value-added services for IoT.
  • Discusses the types of IoT services telcos will offer.

Key questions answered

  • Why should enterprises leverage telco services?
  • Why does the BSS need an upgrade?
  • Are telcos prepared for delivering IoT services?
  • Which components should telcos upgrade first?

Table of contents


  • Catalyst
  • Ovum view
  • Key messages


  • Recommendations for telcos

IoT expectations are changing

  • More connected "things," higher expectations
  • Enterprises must entertain new IoT business models
  • Telcos need to take a bigger slice of the IoT pie

Services will play a crucial role in IoT

  • Services can transform the end-user experience
  • Enterprises must become IoT service providers
  • Telco-delivered services will fuel IoT

Are telcos prepared for delivering IoT services?

  • Telcos have the expertise to support IoT services
  • It’s time for telcos to run the IoT business themselves
  • BSS upgrades are needed before telcos are ready for IoT services

Preparing to deliver IoT services

  • Start with small upgrades
  • New stack or service?


  • Methodology
  • Further reading
  • Author

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