Cities are getting smarter and our lives are becoming more connected. At the same time as we come to expect anytime, anywhere access to broadband, there is a growing demand to connect more things. If we believe the hype, the internet of things (IoT) will see M2M traffic increase exponentially over the next decade, with predictions of 30 billion connected devices by 2025. But while the IoT and smart cities represent a major opportunity for mobile operators and network infrastructure vendors, there are also many challenges ahead.

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SAP SE demonstrated new technology to make life easier for drivers and rental car users through Internet of Things (IoT) collaboration with Concur Technologies, Hertz and Nokia. A part of the SAP Leonardo portfolio, the SAP Vehicles Network solution creates an intelligent, automated experience - from car rental to parking and fueling location and payment, to integrated navigation and expense management for business travelers.

Read more: SAP showcases new technology for connected vehicles with Concur, Hertz, Nokia and Mojio

ZTE Corporation a major international provider of telecommunications, enterprise and consumer technology solutions for mobile internet, and Intel, officially signed a strategic cooperation agreement at an IoT forum in Barcelona, Spain. Both parties will jointly establish an innovative lab for research and development of future key IoT technologies, including experimental verification, evaluation, and research and development of related technologies, thereby providing integrated market-oriented IoT solutions.

Read more: ZTE Signs Cooperation Agreement with Intel for IoT Innovation

Nokia outlined how the rapid execution of its new strategy is delivering industry-leading innovation for communication service providers in network speed, agility and efficiency, while broadening the company's footprint in faster-growing areas including software and the utilities and transport markets.

Read more: Nokia at #MWC17: Delivering on its strategy to lead in 5G, IoT and cloud, tap new growth markets

SAP SE announced the expansion of SAP Cloud Platform, formerly known as SAP HANA Cloud Platform, with new capabilities and enhancements to provide an industry-leading platform as a service (PaaS). With a comprehensive set of new business services, SAP Cloud Platform addresses the most critical business needs by making it easy and fast to build new applications, expedite the extension and integration of SAP apps, power innovative Internet of Things (IoT) scenarios, accelerate Big Data projects and enable machine learning and artificial intelligence applications. This announcement was made at Mobile World Congress being held February 27-March 2 in Barcelona.

Read more: SAP Cloud Platform Intelligently Connects People, Things and Businesses

The award-winning Withings ecosystem of connected health products will launch under the iconic Nokia brand in early summer 2017, including connected scales, trackers, blood pressure monitors, thermometers and home cameras, bringing beautifully designed devices to the global consumer market. At the same time Nokia will also unveil a redesigned Health Mate application.

Read more: Nokia debuts expanded portfolio of consumer digital health products and solutions

Mahindra Comviva, the global leader in providing mobility solutions, announced the launch of MobiLytix Customer Engagement for Digital Payments an offering to drive higher level of customer engagement in the digital payments space. MobiLytix Customer Engagement for Digital Payments, which is a world-class marketing engagement automation platform for digital payments, revitalizes existing mobile money life cycle leading to topline as well as bottom-line growth.

Read more: Mahindra Comviva launches Mobilytix Customer Engagement for Digital Payments

Sterlite Tech a global technology leader in smarter digital infrastructure will be showcasing its end-to-end telecom solutions at MWC, Barcelona. The showcase will include optical communication products, network and system integration capabilities, Elitecore OSS/BSS, FTTX, Smart city solutions.

Read more: Sterlite Tech showcases its end-to-end telecom solution offerings at MWC, Barcelona

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