Strategy Analytics forecasts that sales of 4G IoT modules will peak within three years, sales of 5G modules will begin slowly in 2019, with 2024 a key inflection point as 5G module sales outstrip those of 4G modules. The Automotive vertical market will be the single largest consumer of IoT cellular modules across the forecast period, but will significantly increase its market share position by 2025.
SimCom was the global market leader in cellular IoT modules in 2017, where performance was significantly up on that of 2016 as a result of deals struck in China. Quectel displaced Sierra Wireless to become the no.2 ranked vendor, having displayed rapid expansion over the last few years.
Andrew Brown, Executive Director of Enterprise and IoT Research at Strategy Analytics, said, “The low latency/high bandwidth benefits of 5G will allow IoT use cases where near-instantaneous communications are required, while the projected ten year battery life capability of 5G modems will allow for mMTC (massive Machine-Type Communications), potentially matching the life of the 5G modem to the application. Of course, growth is dependent of a critical mass of 5G network deployments and in many cases low power 4G technologies (such as LTE Cat M and NB IoT) will remain perfectly sufficient in the medium term, while the dominance of Chinese vendors and large 2G deployments in China show that the death of 2G has been greatly exaggerated.”
Matt Wilkins, Senior Analyst IoT Research at Strategy Analytics added, “The changing flavor of cellular IoT module air interfaces represents just one of the challenges the end user community has to wrestle with as it deploys IoT. Yet the network-slicing benefits of 5G, such as being applicable for low as well as high bandwidth applications, will propel 5G to become increasingly important.”
New iPhone pricing for SA
The iStore has announced that the latest iPhones, the Xs and Xs Max, can now be pre-ordered at www.myistore.co.za , and will be available in stores starting 28 September 2018.
|iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max feature 5.8-inch and 6.5-inch Super Retina displays that offer remarkable brightness and true blacks while showing 60 percent greater dynamic range in HDR photos. iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max have an improved dual camera system that offers breakthrough photo and video features, A12 Bionic chip with next-generation Neural Engine, faster Face ID, wider stereo sound, longer battery life, splash and water resistance,
Pre-orders will be open for cash purchases and on iStore’s revised payment plan in partnership with FNB Credit Card, allowing customers to pay off their iPhone at a reduced interest rate. However, the contract period is 37 months rather than the usual 24 months.
Accenture opens Fjord design centre in Johannesburg
Accenture has launched its first design and innovation studio on African soil, Fjord Johannesburg.
The company says the move significantly expands its design capabilities and demonstrates its commitment to unlocking Africa’s innovation potential through the creation of experiences that redefine industries in our constantly evolving digital era.
The new studio, opening in November, will be located at Accenture’s new 3875m² offices in Waterfall. It will be led by Marcel Rossouw, design director and studio lead for Fjord Johannesburg.
Said Rossouw, “Brands are constantly asking, ’how does one take a business need or problem, build that out into a definition of a service experience, and then bring it to market?’ It’s about re-engineering existing service experiences, identifying customer needs, prototyping rapidly, iterating often and proving or disproving assumptions. But it’s also about getting feedback from customers. The combination of these factors helps companies advance towards the ultimate service experience.”
Fjord is the design and innovation consultancy of Accenture Interactive. The Johannesburg location marks its 28th design studio globally, solidifying its position as the world’s leading design powerhouse.
Working in the same location as Accenture Interactive will allow Fjord to fuse its core design strategy DNA with the digital agency’s expertise in marketing, content and commerce to create and deliver the best customer experiences for the world’s leading brands.
Accenture Interactive Africa‘s blend of intelligent design and creative use of technology has already been used by some of South Africa’s largest and most prominent brands, including Alexander Forbes, Discovery, MultiChoice and Nedbank. The digital agency has also earned industry accolades for its innovative and compelling business results, most notably two gold awards in the Service Design category at the 2017 and 2018 Loeries awards.
“Great design tells great stories,” says Wayne Hull, managing director of Accenture Digital and Accenture Interactive lead in Africa. “It unifies a brand, drives innovation and makes the brand or service distinctive and hyper-relevant in both the digital and physical worlds. This is critical to achieving results. Having Fjord Johannesburg as part of Accenture Interactive, and collaborating with all of Accenture Africa, will provide unique experiences and forward-thinking capabilities for our clients.”
“Businesses in South Africa are becoming more design-aware and are looking to take greater advantage of design skills to compete with the rest of the world,” said Thomas Müller, head of Europe, Africa and Latin America at Fjord. “We’re excited to open our first design studio on the continent and to be part of an emerging market that is ripe for design and innovation, and open for business. Developing markets like South Africa are challenging assumptions and norms about what digital services and products are meant to be, and we’ll strive to put design at the heart of the innovation being produced there.”