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Sierra Wireless again tops ranking of M2M cellular module vendors: ABI

Iain Morris
July 17, 2014
 
Sierra Wireless has topped a ranking of M2M cellular module vendors for the third year in a row.

The ranking – compiled by market-research group ABI Research – considered both revenue and shipment estimates by vendor for 2013, and also looked at market share history dating back to 2003.

Although Sierra Wireless (Richmond, Canada) managed to maintain its lead in these areas over rivals, competition is becoming much fiercer.

Just a percentage point in market share by shipments separates the next three players in the ranking, according to ABI Research.

“The tightening of the pack after Sierra Wireless demonstrates a change in strategies from 2012 to 2013,” said practice director Dan Shey. “Some vendors have decided that value and one-stop shop services are more important, while other vendors are focused on driving volumes and building market share.”

As a result of these strategies, notes ABI, average module prices differ sharply from one vendor to another.

The differences also reflect module vendor choices in targeted verticals and module portfolio by air interface technology, says the market-research player.

Between the top three vendors excluding Sierra Wireless, the market share spread in terms of revenues was as much as 13%.
 
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