Research: Vodafone leads IoT connectivity, Telefónica in services

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Transforma Insights has identified the key trends shaping the IoT connectivity market and highlighted the leading mobile network operators (MNOs) and mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs) in the space.

The report, based on in-depth discussions with 25 global cellular connectivity providers, reveals a rapidly evolving landscape marked by new technologies and business models.

Key trends identified in the report include:

  • A shift towards device-to-cloud propositions, incorporating sensors and data management.
  • The pursuit of additional revenue streams through premium support, network attach fees, and value-added services.
  • An increasing focus on customization and contextual solutions.
  • The dual challenge and opportunity presented by compliance requirements.
  • A slow but steady evolution in Connectivity Management Platform (CMP) landscapes.
  • Ongoing challenges in composing multi-country connectivity solutions, particularly for LTE-M/NB-IoT.
  • Growing interest in satellite NTN as the potential “next big thing” in IoT connectivity.
  • The positive impact of SGP.32 in reducing complexity for localised connectivity.
  • Innovative approaches to simplify IoT connectivity adoption for developers.

The report also ranks the top performers in IoT connectivity and services. Vodafone leads the pack in IoT connectivity, followed by Telenor, floLIVE, Wireless Logic, and 1NCE. In IoT services, Telefónica takes the top spot, with AT&T, NTT, Vodafone, and Deutsche Telekom IoT rounding out the top five.

Matt Hatton, author of the report, said:

“There are three main categories of leading CSPs for IoT. At the very apex of the diamond are the major mobile network operators, led by Vodafone and followed closely by DT IoT, NTT, Telefónica, AT&T, and Verizon. 

The second category of market leaders are those that have focused exclusively on providing excellence in a narrow element of pure cellular connectivity, largely ignoring devices or much in terms of customisation for the enterprise client. This group includes 1NCE, emnify, and floLIVE. 

Finally, there is a group of CSPs that straddles the two camps, in some cases with equally capable connectivity offerings, but typically married with a more complete set of capabilities around ‘IoT services’. This group comprises Eseye, KORE, Soracom, Telenor, Telit Cinterion, and Wireless Logic.”

The report emphasises that there is no single “best” CSP for IoT, as selection depends on various factors including specific capabilities needed, device locations, preferred commercial models, and even cloud provider preferences.

(Photo by Victoire Joncheray)

See also: Lee House, IoT83: Exploring the state of IoT applications across industries

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