Telia saw more than double the growth in the number of cellular-connected IoT devices on its networks across the Nordic and Baltic countries in 2021, from the previous year. In the new issue of renowned Ericsson Mobility Report, Telia describes the ongoing transition to modern, cellular technologies and how it makes it possible for Telia and its customers to “unleash the power of IoT connectivity to enhance enterprises’ business performance and sustainability”. The report is available now.
In recent years, Telia has seen a continuous rise in the number of cellular-connected IoT devices on its networks across the Nordic and Baltic countries. 2021 saw an increase of 44 percent, more than double the growth compared to 2020. The growth is primarily fueled by deployments based on the low-power wide-area (LPWA) IoT technologies, NB-IoT and Cat-M.
”Today we have networks such as LPWA, that are designed for IoT, with better coverage, longer battery life and lower costs,” says Staffan Eriksson, Senior Portfolio Manager for IoT Connectivity at Telia. “That enables solutions and innovations that were not previously possible. Telia is connecting massive number of devices, and in places not possible before.”
The Ericsson Mobility Report explores industry-leading projections and analysis of the latest trends in the telecom industry. In the latest issue, Telia depicts the ongoing, worldwide technology shift and several cases in which connectivity has enabled new business and sustainability opportunities.
Furthermore, the number of LPWA and 4G/5G IoT connected devices globally overtook 2G and 3G IoT in 2020 and LPWA IoT technologies are expected to make up of almost half of all cellular IoT connection in 2027.
“We refer to it as the sunset of 2G and 3G, and this technology shift is happening right now,” Eriksson says. “Telia Company’s purpose is to reinvent better connected living, and we enable enterprise customers to increase efficiency, improve customer value and innovate through IoT. In this report, we show examples of how several customers have modernized their business with new connectivity technology, like cellular LPWA and 4G/5G.”
The report states that “service providers are uniquely positioned to support the digital transformation of a wide range of industries with evolving cellular IoT technologies, as they enable enterprises to become truly data driven, efficient and sustainable to further contribute to a better society”. Moreover, the opportunities further increase as 5G-enabled IoT transform connectivity and unlock new intelligence.
”We are at the beginning of the 5G era,” Eriksson says. ”The networks will continue to be developed and companies are starting to embrace this new era of digitalization. We see that businesses are becoming data native companies, in which data and insights enable better decisions.”
You can download the report here.