‘Smart Cities: A Challenging but Attractive Opportunity for Network Operators,’ a Research Report by Pyramid Research, analyzes the smart city proposition for network operators worldwide and how they are addressing the opportunity. The report discusses the urbanization trends worldwide and provides an in-depth analysis of elements of smart city services, the stakeholders in smart city projects and effective operator approaches and business models built around five, detailed operator case studies (AT&T, KT, Deutsche Telekom, Telefonica and KPN) and reviews of developments in China and India.
- At a fundamental level, the smart city is an important and attractive opportunity for network operators. Cities are the engines of economic growth, but with growing populations they face important challenges many of which can be addressed through ICT and digital technologies.
- By their nature, smart city projects are complex, long term and unique with many stakeholders and a variety of priorities and business models. There is also strong competition from global and local vendors.
- Smart city growth is often not continuous and network operators need to carefully consider potential growth across their footprint, combined with their positioning in the different markets where they are present.
- Network operators are well positioned for the growth of M2M and IoT, which are the basis for many smart city services such as transport related, surveillance/ security and smart metering. Partnerships enable access to smart city expertise.
- Prior to allocating significant resources, operators need to both see a significant emphasis by governments on smart city investment and be sure they are positioned to take advantage.
- In most countries, however, there is no significant central government involvement, and city projects tend to move forward only when funding is made available locally, with only limited market potential.
- The most common approach is for operators to address various verticals that are attractive in themselves on a nationwide basis, but can also form part of a broader smart city project.
- Pyramid does not believe that the option of investing into dedicated smart city resources is viable for most operators, and rather recommends focusing on M2M and IoT services (and networks) which lowers risk and leaves smart city opportunities open.
‘‘Smart Cities: A Challenging but Attractive Opportunity for Network Operators,’ a Research Report by Pyramid Research, analyzes the smart city proposition for network operators worldwide and how they are addressing the opportunity. The report discusses the urbanization trends worldwide and provides an in-depth analysis of elements of smart city services, the stakeholders in smart city projects and effective operator approaches and business models built around five, detailed operator case studies (AT&T, KT, Deutsche Telekom, Telefonica and KPN) and reviews of developments in China and India.
The report is organized as follows:
- Introduction ? Background and overview: This section looks at the key trends that form the context of smart city projects, highlighting the rise of megacities. A discussion of how to define a smart city is also included.
- Smart city scope, stakeholders and value chain: This section analyzes the elements of a smart city, city priorities and smart city stakeholders. It also presents the smart city value chain and provides a theory of a virtuous circle triggered by smart city projects.
- Analysis of operator approaches: This section reviews the various smart city opportunities available to operators and an examination of most effective operator approaches to smart city services.
- Case studies: This section includes five operator-specific case studies (AT&T, KT, Deutsche Telekom, Telefonica and KPN) analyzing a sample of smart city initiatives. It also includes two country-level case studies that analyze the smart city plans of the Chinese and Indian governments as well as operator initiatives in the two countries.
Reasons To Buy
- This Report provides a comprehensive examination of the smart city proposition for network operators, smart city projects, value chain and key stakeholders as well as effective operator strategies to help operators make informed decisions pertaining to investments in networks and technologies, develop key partnerships and optimize return on investment.
- This report compares smart city strategies and operator footprints and analyzes various smart city business models and approaches to help executives understand the growth opportunities and challenges facing their companies in the emerging field of smart city services.
- The comparative analysis of smart city go-to-market approaches from five leading operators will help service providers to determine key considerations for assessing smart city projects and develop innovative, effective business models to maximize their opportunities.
- The report incorporates an easily digestible, executive-level assessment of smart city projects and the role of network operators worldwide built around insights directly from the market stakeholders, which enables decision makers to quickly get up to speed with the current and emerging trends and make informed business decisions.
Table of contents
Table of exhibits
Section 1: Introduction : Background and overview
The growing importance of cities
Rise of the megacities
Smart city definition and overview
Section 2: Smart city scope, stakeholders and value chain
Four elements of the smart city
Overview of smart city stakeholders
Regional and national stakeholders
Departmental and ministerial stakeholders
Smart city value chain
Smart city provisioning model
Smart city virtuous circle
Section 3: Analysis of operator approaches
Smart city opportunities for operators
Smart city operator approach overview
Approach 1: Operator invests in dedicated smart city
Approach 2: Operator focuses on smart city vertical
Approach 3: Focus on M2M/IoT
Section 4: Case studies
Case study: KT
Case study: AT&T
Case study: Deutsche Telekom
Case study: Telefónica
Case study: KPN
Country case study: India
Country case study: China
About Pyramid Research
Exhibit 1: Urban population percentage, 2005, 2013 10
Exhibit 2: 34 megacities (pop >10 million) by population 11
Exhibit 3: City budget centralization vs GDP per capita 12
Exhibit 4: Smart city elements 15
Exhibit 5: Smart city priorities 16
Exhibit 6: Stakeholders of Pisa smart parking project 17
Exhibit 7: Stakeholders of Busan smart city project 17
Exhibit 8: Public sector regional & national stakeholders 18
Exhibit 9: Public sector national stakeholder examples 19
Exhibit 10: Smart city technological value chain 20
Exhibit 11: Smart city provisioning model
Exhibit 12: Smart city virtuous circle
Exhibit 13: Three main operator approaches to smart cities
Exhibit 14: Operator footprint and smart city strategy
Exhibit 15: Operators and mesh networking technologies
Exhibit 16: Horizontal M2M/IoT services offered by operators
Exhibit 17: Use cases, bandwidth and mobility
Exhibit 18: KPN’s smart city business units
Exhibit 19: China Mobile’s smart city business units
Exhibit 20: KT smart city summary
Exhibit 21: KT convergence revenue forecast
Exhibit 22: KT M2M/IoT capabilities
Exhibit 23: Korea Telecom (Centios) project capabilities
Exhibit 24: KT smart city operations overview
Exhibit 25: AT&T smart city summary
Exhibit 26: AT&T M2M/IoT subscriptions and as a percentage of all mobile subscriptions, 2012–2014
Exhibit 27: AT&T Internet of things capabilities & partnerships 47
Exhibit 28: AT&T vertical M2M/IoT services
Exhibit 29: Deutsche Telekom smart city summary
Exhibit 30: Deutsche Telekom & AT&T M2M/IoT penetration comparison
Exhibit 31: Deutsche Telekom’s Friedrichshafen T-City
Exhibit 32: Deutsche Telekom M2M/IoT overview
Exhibit 33: Deutsche Telekom local M2M/IoT approaches
Exhibit 34: Deutsche Telekom smart meter capabilities
Exhibit 35: Deutsche Telekom Qivicon initiative
Exhibit 36: Deutsche Telekom street lighting architecture
Exhibit 37: Telefonica smart city summary
Exhibit 38: Telefónica M2M/IoT SIMs as percentage of total cellular SIMs
Exhibit 39: Telefónica M2M/IoT capabilities and key partners
Exhibit 40: Telefónica smart city Key Partners
Exhibit 41: Fiware overview
Exhibit 42: KPN smart city summary
Exhibit 43: KPN M2M/IoT subscriptions total and percentage of all SIMs, 2012–2014
Exhibit 44: KPN M2M/IoT overview
Exhibit 45: KPN IoT dedicated network
Exhibit 46: KPN Locate