IoT devices will overtake mobile by 2018

IoT devices will overtake mobile by 2018

IoT devices overtaking mobiles

The most recent edition of Ericson Mobility Report publication, uncovers that rapid growth in the number of global IoT devices are going to overwhelm cell phones as the biggest classification of connected device by 2018.

According to the Ericson statement that Western Europe is the biggest growth driver for introducing IoT devices, forecasting a 5x increment by 2021.This won’t be the consequence of a more prominent appetite for IoT by European consumers, however, with
Ericsson saying directives, for example, eCall for autos and smart meters compelling the continent to expand its number of connected devices.

cellular and non-cellular chart

Chief Strategy Officer at Ericsson Rima Qureshi said

“IoT is now accelerating as device costs fall and innovative applications emerge,”.

“ From 2020, commercial deployment of 5G networks will provide additional capabilities that are critical for IoT, such as network slicing and the capacity to connect exponentially more devices than is possible today. ”

While the larger part of IoT devices will be connected through non-cellular means (apparently wired or wifi), cellular IoT devices are forecasts to be the quickest growing category. Ericsson figures a noteworthy reason behind that growth will be 3GPP standardization of cellular IoT technologies, by which it’s apparently referring to NB- IoT.


Other prominent findings from the most recent report incorporate the fact that worldwide cell phone subscriptions are relied upon to overwhelm those of essential phones in Q3 of this current year and that the utilization of cellular data for cell phone video has
multiplied among teens in the previous year, as contrast to a noteworthy fall in the measure of time they spend watching conventional TV. Also the the first devices supporting 1 Gbps LTE download speeds are expected later this year.

Lastly Ericsson used the report to bring attention regarding the need to harmonise 5G spectrum in the frequencies over those currently authorized for mobile however underneath the 24 GHz+ range that was addressed to at WRC-15, including better settlement for microwave backhaul. It said the 3.1-4.2 GHz range is considered essential for early deployment of 5G and offered the chart beneath to illustrate how un-harmonised the worldwide microwave backhaul picture as of now is.