Insight: Will Hyperconnected IoT Devices Debilitate Networks?

Posted by Mae Kowalke on Thursday, March 05, 2015 with No comments


There's no shortage of buzz about the promise of the Internet of Things (IoT). But what underlying infrastructure is needed to deliver on that promise? 

The uncomfortable reality is that today's networks are at risk as the number of IoT-connected devices and applications grow, along with volumes of subsequent data. Gartner forecasts that 4.9 billion connected things will be in use in 2015, up 30 percent from 2014, and will reach 25 billion by 2020. IoT could consume so much bandwidth that it begins to actually debilitate the network.

Operators need some way to analyze problems like this, and develop realistic strategies to head off network overload. A good start is to dig into answering questions like:

  • How will we handle the addition on 'chatty' traffic from new types of connected devices, on top of regular mobile and internet traffic?
  • How will we identify IoT 'top talkers' and respond to related regulation in the era of net neutrality?
  • How can we ensure survival of human (non-bot) internet traffic and continue to deliver expected QoE for delay-sensitive applications like voice and video calls?

For insights into answering these questions, see: