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In-vehicle infotainment to create 6 exabytes of data per year by 2021

Juniper Research study shows in-vehicle systems will become biggest generator of M2M data traffic

In-vehicle infotainment to create 6 exabytes of data per year by 2021
Car information and entertainment systems will create most M2M cellular data traffic in the next five years.

In-vehicle infotainment systems will create around six thousand petabytes of data per year by 2021, according to Juniper Research.

A new study by the analyst company shows that in-vehicle infotainment services such as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto will create very large volumes of cellular M2M data traffic, accounting for 98% of M2M data traffic over the next five years.

According to the new study, M2M: Strategies & Opportunities for MNOs, Service Providers & OEMs 2016-2021, data intensive applications such as Internet radio, music streaming applications and information services will generate approximately 6,000PB per annum by 2021, equivalent to over 300 billion hours of music streaming. In-vehicle 4G SIMs, will provide ‘over-the-air' service and subscription updates for drivers and passengers.

The research found that M2M technology will further the development of autonomous driving systems in the future. Cellular V2V (vehicle to vehicle) technology, enabled through M2M, is expected to be the cornerstone of the system over the coming years.

Juniper said that telecoms operators will need to ensure that their networks remain able to cope with the projected increases in data traffic, especially in urban areas. Future smart city systems, such as smart parking and smart intersections, will further drive data usage and the potential strain on networks.

Operators should also include M2M value-added services as part of their customer offering, along with connectivity.

The company also predicts that other M2M services, which use less data, will also see significant uptake, in areas including healthcare, agriculture, smart metering and smart home automation.

Research author Sam Barker commented: "The wider M2M market offers a reprieve from declining traditional voice and messaging revenues. Operators are now champing at the bit to capitalise on the growth of M2M".

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