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Worldwide Internet of Things Connectivity Forecast, 2017–2021

Worldwide Internet of Things Connectivity Forecast, 2017–2021

This IDC study provides a worldwide Internet of Things market outlook for IoT connections by access type for the 2017–2025 period. It provides forecasts on the installed base of IoT endpoints by six connectivity categories, including wired, cellular, LPWAN, short-range wireless/WLAN, satellite, and other emerging technologies. The document also highlights some key considerations for technology suppliers in this evolving and complex market as well as some of the drivers and inhibitors of growth throughout the forecast period. "Watching the connectivity landscape evolve as IoT matures has been interesting, especially as we see purpose-built IoT networks, such as LoRa, Sigfox, and NB-IoT, come to fruition. As a whole, it's becoming apparent that wireless connectivity (versus fixed) will win out overtime as the de facto method, yet the network type will be use case dependent," says Carrie MacGillivray, vice president, IoT and Mobility. "Service providers across each connectivity category will need to consider multiple access types to meet customers' use case requirements to remain competitive," adds Adam Wright, senior research analyst, IoT.

Please Note: Extended description available upon request.

IDC Market Forecast Figure
Executive Summary
Advice for Technology Suppliers
Market Forecast
Worldwide Internet of Things Connectivity Forecast
Market Context
Drivers and Inhibitors
Device Volume and Bandwidth Requirements
Commencement of 5G Deployments
Spectrum and Quality-of-Service Issues
Need for Standards
Significant Market Developments
Changes from Prior Forecast
Market Definition
IoT and the 3rd Platform
Connectivity View of the IoT Market
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