Merger of wireless with industry

mobilityMOBILE Asia Expo 2014, China’s biggest annual telecommunications fair, might have been mistaken for a car show or a healthcare exhibition when it was held in Shanghai last week.

Tesla cars, the Fitbit wristband and a FingerQ privacy protection accessory took the spotlight, edging aside the smartphones and base stations that once dominated this event.

That didn’t really surprise me. The wireless sector is converging at a fast pace with new technologies and industries, such as automotive, wearable computing and security.

It means the beginning of a new era for the handset, which has become the device used by more people anytime, anywhere.

China is the global leader in adopting “machine-to-machine technology,” with over 50 million connections, accounting for 27 percent of global volume last year, according to industry association GSMA.

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