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Connectivity is the foundation of IoT, supporting digital transformation and development of new business models and offerings. By building on existing cellular networks, billions of IoT devices can be connected, helping you stay relevant to your customers and grow new revenues while helping your customers gain a competitive advantage.

IoT is being widely embraced with the number of connected devices growing rapidly but the market landscape remains fragmented. For new business models, connectivity must be flexible and agile, in order to meet the network performance required for a wide variety of evolving IoT use cases, applications, and device types. 

Support is also needed to effectively manage, scale and customize the connectivity for the massive numbers of devices and use cases. By building on the existing cellular network infrastructure, you can generate diverse IoT business opportunities beyond mobile broadband and bring them to the market quickly.

IoT Market Outlook

The number of IoT devices is growing rapidly, enabling smart solutions and services for people and industries. By learning more about when, where and how products are being used with the help of IoT, enterprises can develop more attractive services and improve customer satisfaction as well as increase internal efficiency.

In 2022, there will be 1.5 billion cellular connections which constitute around 70 percent of all wide-area IoT category connections.

Read more about our market and consumer research

Use cases and requirements on technology

There are numerous IoT use cases and the challenge is that they have varying requirements for network connectivity.

Two main classes of use cases, Massive IoT and Critical IoT, are emerging. Massive IoT is about high numbers of low cost devices and Critical IoT is focused on high reliability and availability, while security remains as one of the most important common challenges for both classes. It is also important for business efficiency that the connectivity allows to quickly launch right services in an efficient way. 

Read more about use cases and requirements on technology

We have developed early use cases together with telecom operators and other IoT industry partners.

Watch the video for one of these cases – Connected Water

Cellular technologies

Cellular technologies have been designed for reliability, security and scalability. With their unique combination of rich functionality and performance, they provide as strong foundation for IoT.

Through software upgrades, existing cellular networks provide a base for unmatched IoT coverage and fast time-to-market. They can also support connectivity needs of smart products and services that are made available globally. 

Learn more from our IoT technology insights

IoT business models

Telecom operators can select different roles to successfully address new business opportunities in the evolving IoT ecosystems. However, to succeed, an IoT business strategy and new business models need to be developed.

Read about IoT roles for operators and learn from the most successful operators

Early IoT adopters

IoT applications are emerging in diverse verticals. Connected cars are already being offered by many automotive players, while other smart solutions and services are being developed, such as connected factories and smart agriculture.

As early IoT adopters, some telecom operators are, together with other IoT ecosystem partners, already offering smart services beyond mobile broadband connectivity. 

Connected factory – China Mobile Jiangsu

Enabling increased efficiency of daily operations and lower cost.

Connected water – AT&T

Enabling increased efficiency of water quality monitoring.

Smart agriculture - Telstra

Demonstrating IoT on Cat-M1, deployed nationwide in Australia.

End-to-end portfolio for IoT connectivity

Our end-to-end portfolio for IoT connectivity helps telecom operators quickly introduce diverse, optimized IoT services, enabling the best-possible financial return. Our portfolio consists of flexible radio and core network solutions, a device connection platform and network services. 

Learn how we can help build IoT connectivity