One symbolic change that happened on March 2015 is the replacement of AT&T by Apple in the DOW Jones Industrial Average leaving Verizon as the only operator represented in the Dow Jones index. This is a symbolic change that reflects the long-term change we see in communications. The shiny days of the operators are history. Even the stock market understands change has come.
IoT is high on the hype cycle for a few years now, 2014 and the 2015 CES event were an important milestone for IoT and specifically for the home environment as a few market influencers made strategic moves. What we see is that different market players are trying to become the market place for applications and services that will manage our homes and things.