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Mobile IoT gathers pace

41 mobile IoT networks available worldwide, supported by IoT labs and growing mobile innovator community

Sinclair: "2018 is the year that mobile IoT networks will scale"
Sinclair: "2018 is the year that mobile IoT networks will scale"

Momentum behind mobile IoT, or licensed low power wide area (LPWA), networks continues to grow on a global basis, the GSMA reports, with 23 mobile operators having commercially launched 41 mobile IoT networks across both NB-IoT and LTE-M.


According to the representative body for mobile operators, this growth is supported by 34 IoT labs and an expanding community of more than 800 organisations in its mobile IoT innovators community.


The GSMA predicts by 2025 there will be 3.1 billion cellular IoT connections, including 1.8 billion licensed LPWA connections.


The GSMA also announced that there are 34 IoT labs in operation around the world which are available to any operator, module vendor or application provider to develop LPWA devices and applications for a wide variety of different verticals.


The labs provide organisations with the opportunity to perform end-to-end and interoperability testing on the network. AT&T is the latest operator to participate in the IoT labs initiative, with the support of three AT&T foundry locations in Atlanta, Georgia, and Plano and Houston, Texas, and the AT&T device radio lab (DRL) in Austin, Texas.


At Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, the GSMA’s Internet of Things programme will host the 6th mobile IoT summit on 25 February at 1pm at the Hesperia Tower Hotel.


The summit will focus on the rapid growth and momentum of mobile IoT technologies and their power to connect billions of new devices. The programme will also be present at the GSMA innovation city showcasing how the IoT is transforming peoples’ lives across the globe in an immersive urban environment.


The GSMA mobile IoT initiative was created to help the industry deliver commercial LPWA solutions in licensed spectrum.


These new networks are part of the adaptable 5G sliced architecture designed to support mass market IoT applications across a wide variety of applications such as industrial asset tracking, safety monitoring or water and gas metering, that are low cost, use low data rates, require long battery lives and often operate in remote locations.


It is backed by 74 global mobile operators, device makers and chipset, module and infrastructure companies worldwide. Mobile IoT networks are part of the evolution of the mobile platform and form a key element of the 5G future.


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