Insight: The Hype and Reality of Internet of Things

Posted by Mae Kowalke on Tuesday, March 10, 2015 with No comments

Almost always, discussion of wireless network technology gravitates toward the need for both speed and throughput. But at Mobile World Congress 2015, Fierce Wireless editor Sue Marek noted talk of using CAT 1 LTE (max speed: 10 Mbps downlink) for Internet of Things (IoT) applications. This limited speed, she explained, could be coupled with smaller module size, less power consumption, and lower cost. 

This is an important distinction, as Marek points out, since not all IoT devices need LTE speed and throughput; in fact, encouraging the use of 2G and 3G networks for these applications makes sense and helps operators maximize their infrastructure.  

And, depending on who you ask, mobile operators investing in network improvement with IoT specifically in mind are wasting their money. That's the stance of roaming services firm Syniverse, noted correspondent Simon Rockman in The Register. Instead, Syniverse said, operators should be focusing on, wait for it... roaming. 

Compelling roaming offers are especially vital for customers in the U.S., the U.K., and Germany, Syniverse predicted. 

Whether or not that sounds like self-beneficial industry analysis, one thing is clear: IoT is becoming a major factor in evolution of telecom computing, concluded RCR Wireless Americas Editor Roberta Prescott. A major push for IoT is coming from new use cases, rather than the number of devices expected to reach the market. 

What do you think: is IoT worth the hype and the investment, or just the latest fad distracting carriers from more pressing matters?
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