5G RedCap set to dominate cellular IoT growth

Cellular IoT is set for robust growth over the next decade, with 5G RedCap (Reduced Capability) becoming the dominant connectivity technology for low-power wide-area networks (LPWANs).

According to ReTHINK Research, the 5G RedCap standard and extended variants (RedCap and eRedCap) will account for almost one third (30.17%) of all cellular IoT connections by 2030. The growth will come largely at the expense of retiring 2G networks and slowly declining 4G IoT...

Sateliot and EWT use the IoT to protect endangered species

Sateliot has partnered with the Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT) to deploy IoT sensors on endangered vultures across Africa. The aim is to combat wildlife poaching and track these threatened birds in remote regions.

This collaboration provides EWT with seamless access to Sateliot’s 5G satellite coverage at no extra cost. EWT can leverage the terrestrial mobile connectivity standard used by network operators without needing additional equipment. This enables expanded IoT...

Nokia drives IoT transformation of European logistics

Nokia has announced the expansion of its Digital Automation Cloud (DAC) private wireless (PW) solution into several European countries, aiming to drive the IoT transformation of the logistics industry.

DAC PW Compact aims to provide reliable, secure connectivity for devices, machines, and sensors within micro fulfilment centres, warehouses, and other small-medium business sites. 

With the rise of e-commerce and on-demand delivery, logistics operators face mounting...

Wi-Fi HaLow trials underway for smart home and IoT applications

The Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA) has announced the next phase of its “Wi-Fi HaLow for IoT” program, moving into real-world trials of 802.11ah Wi-Fi HaLow solutions across a range of smart home, industrial, retail, agriculture, and city applications.

These commercial deployments will demonstrate Wi-Fi HaLow’s ability to extend the benefits of Wi-Fi further into IoT use cases requiring wider coverage, longer battery life, and reliability. 

The extensive...

Vodafone partners with Microsoft to scale its new IoT business  

Vodafone has entered a major strategic partnership with Microsoft that will significantly expand Vodafone's IoT capabilities.

The 10-year agreement aims to leverage both companies' strengths to transform digital platforms for over 300 million businesses, public sector organisations, and consumers in Europe and Africa.  

A key focus is supercharging Vodafone's global managed IoT connectivity platform that already links 175 million devices and platforms...

Virgin Media develops 5G drone for search and rescue missions

Virgin Media O2 has developed a 5G-connected drone that’s designed to bolster communication for search and rescue teams.

The Warwickshire Search and Rescue team is the first to trial the 5G drone. In vast and remote terrains, establishing reliable communication proves to be a challenge for rescue teams—hindering their ability to execute time-critical missions effectively.

Virgin Media O2's 5G Technical Trials team devised a solution that leverages a network of...

Vodafone, Ericsson and Qualcomm achieve first RedCap RAN data sessions

Vodafone, Ericsson, and Qualcomm have demonstrated a new 5G technology optimised for connecting IoT devices in a simpler, more efficient way.

In trials on September 21 using Vodafone's live 5G test network CREATE in Spain, the companies achieved the first data sessions leveraging Reduced Capability (RedCap) RAN. Unlike 5G smartphones, RedCap provides basic connectivity tailored for less complex, low-power IoT gadgets.

The successful use of RedCap is a significant step...

Low-power IoT devices to drive massive growth in cellular roaming

A new report from Juniper Research predicts explosive growth in cellular roaming among low-power Internet of Things (IoT) devices over the next five years.

Juniper’s report forecasts that the number of roaming connections from narrowband IoT (NB-IoT) and LTE-M devices will grow over five times from 90 million in 2023 to 490 million by 2028.

The massive increase will be fueled by more bilateral roaming agreements between mobile operators that are tailored to better...

IoT MVNOs shift focus to value-added services

The IoT Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO) market is experiencing a shift in strategy as connectivity revenue growth faces challenges.

According to ABI Research, the increase in Low Power, Wide Area (LPWA) connections – coupled with disruptive pricing models and discounted connectivity rates – has impacted the profitability of connectivity services for virtual operators.

Connectivity, traditionally the cornerstone of MVNO offerings, is no longer sufficient for...

Kaleido Intelligence recognises Eseye and Vodafone as IoT connectivity leaders

Kaleido Intelligence’s latest study recognises Eseye and Vodafone as leaders in IoT connectivity.

The study, Connectivity Vendor Hub: Competitive Analysis 2023, evaluated 39 service providers—emphasising their roles in Connectivity Management Platforms (CMP), eSIM Connectivity, and eSIM Subscription Management within the IoT ecosystem.

Eseye and Vodafone emerged as ‘Champion’ vendors in eSIM Connectivity and CMP, respectively.

Erik Brenneis, CEO of...