9th - Mar - 2017

What’s next in IoT connectivity?

The Internet of Things is already transforming the physical objects that surround us into an ecosystem of connected devices.  And beyond the objects that are familiar to us like toothbrushes, fridges and thermostats, industrial applications are beginning to take hold. Sensors embedded in equipment, helping businesses to optimise supply chains, diagnose or even anticipate mechanical or electrical failure or save energy for example, are becoming commonplace.

Today we are glimpsing a future that will see this connectivity dramatically increase.

Currently, the Internet of Things (IoT) relies heavily on short-range wireless technologies, such as WiFi, Zigbee and Bluetooth. Over the next five years, long-range wireless technologies will play an increasingly important role.

Leading equipment maker Ericsson anticipates that the number of wide area IoT connections will grow rapidly at a CAGR of 30% over the next five years, compared with a 20% CAGR for short-range IoT connections.

However the question remains, which connectivity technology should be used for which purpose? And there’s a lot to choose from.  An enormous and diverse ecosystem has created a wide variety of connectivity options, of varying maturity, generating confusion for both large and small businesses whose primary concerns typically centre on the nexus between cost-of-ownership and quality-of-service.

More recently one particular wide-area connectivity option has captured market attention that uses mobile operator networks – Cellular IoT.  Its main advantages are that it is standards-based, interoperable and offers high levels of QoS (because it is built on a mature architecture). Combined with recent developments and standards in SIM technology (eSIMS), which can now be embedded and provisioned over-the-air, new IoT possibilities are coming to fruition.

Ericsson forecasts there will be 1.5 billion cellular-connected IoT devices by 2022, up from about 400 million cellular IoT devices at the end of 2016. Similarly, Machina Research, which uses a different methodology, anticipates that cellular IoT connections will grow from 334 million at the end of 2015 to 2.2 billion by 2025, of which the majority will use variants of LTE.

This new whitepaper, entitled Internet of Things: Last Mile Connectivity Options Explained published by Mobile World Live in conjunction with CLX, explores the ecosystem of IoT network options, drawing on analyst insights and market data as a business guide to what’s next in IoT.

You can download the whitepaper here for free.

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