The growing digitization of the global water, wastewater, and stormwater industry is creating significant utility demand for telecommunications solutions. Utilities are collecting and moving more data than ever before across disparate network assets, customers, and staff.
Incumbent and emerging telecom firms—cellular and cable providers, Internet of Things (IoT) network operators, networking component OEMs—are well-positioned to meet this increased demand for digital water connectivity, leveraging their existing network infrastructure footprints and market relationships.
Drawing from Bluefield’s proprietary datasets, primary research, and market analysis, this Market Insight evaluates the digital water strategies of leading telecom players across North America, Europe, and Asia Pacific, and the implications for established digital water companies.
- Trends and market development driving telecom firms’ interest in water
- Opportunities and challenges for telecom firms entering water
- Competitive analysis of telecom company landscape
- Profiles of top 30 telecom players. Profiles include:
− Key Water Projects
− Digital Water Strategic Positions
− Water-Related Partnerships
− Protocols Supported
- Leading global cell carriers and cable providers face market saturation, commoditization, and disruption, with new activations, total customer counts flattening or declining in key markets like the U.S. and the U.K.
- The commercial & industrial IoT market represents an attractive growth opportunity for incumbent and emerging telecom providers, with the global connected device count expected to scale at a 19.2% CAGR between 2018 and 2023.
- Digital water, a key IoT market vertical, has seen a 53.0% increase in project activity since 2016, though the sector’s limited budgets, long sales cycles, and high domain expertise requirements pose challenges for telecom players.