Cisco enhances coffee farming in Tanzania using the IoT

Cisco has teamed up with a group of partners to use the IoT to help Tanzanian coffee growers boost yields and operate more sustainably amid the challenges of climate change.

The networking giant has joined forces with the ConSenso Project: a coalition comprising Tanzanian coffee farmers, Italian plant scientists from PNAT, and researchers from the Accademia del Caffè Espresso. Together, they are deploying IoT sensors to "listen to the plants" on a Tanzanian coffee...

Oil and gas industry sees rapid growth in IoT devices

The oil and gas industry is experiencing a surge in the adoption of IoT devices, according to a new report from Berg Insight.

Berg Insight’s report forecasts that the installed base of wireless devices featuring cellular, satellite, or low-power wide-area (LPWA) connectivity in the industry will grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 19.3 percent, increasing from 7.8 million units at the end of 2023 to 18.8 million connected devices by 2028.

The primary...

Cellular IoT module shipments saw their first decline in 2023

Global shipments of cellular IoT modules experienced their first-ever annual decline in 2023, falling two percent year-over-year.

Counterpoint Research’s latest report cites inventory adjustments following supply chain disruptions and reduced demand in key verticals like industrial and enterprise as driving factors behind the decline.

One bright spot was the rapid growth of 4G Cat 1 bis modules, which captured over 22 percent of shipments in 2023. In China, this...

Juniper Research: Global cellular IoT devices to double by 2028

A recent study conducted by Juniper Research projects a surge in the number of cellular IoT devices worldwide.

According to Juniper’s findings, the current count of 3.4 billion such devices is set to skyrocket to 6.5 billion by 2028, marking a 90 percent growth in connections over the four-year period.

However, the study also highlights a critical challenge accompanying this exponential growth. It suggests that meeting the escalating demand for IoT connectivity will...

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...

IoT Tech Expo: How the IoT is aiding Ukraine in a time of war

Oleg Polovynko, CIO of Kyiv City Council, addressed IoT Tech Expo Europe attendees in a humbling session titled "Maintaining Connectivity in a Time of War".

During his session, Polovynko provided valuable insights into how the Ukrainian capital has leveraged digital solutions to cope with Russia’s full-scale invasion of the country.

Polovynko underscored the crucial role of digital applications, particularly the Kyiv Digital application launched in 2021. The...

Global IoT connectivity revenues continue to surge

According to a report by IoT market research firm Berg Insight, global IoT connectivity revenues are continuing to surge.

The researchers note that revenues increased by 24 percent in 2022 to reach $13.9B (£9.37B) in 2022. The decline in global Average Revenue Per User (ARPU) also decelerated and dropped by just one percent to €0.49 (£0.33).

IoT connectivity revenues typically account for around two percent of the total revenues for the largest mobile operator...

Soracom aims to improve IoT connectivity affordability

Soracom has introduced a new cellular IoT data plan aimed at European startups and small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs).

The plan, called Plan X3-EU, is designed to facilitate the rapid deployment of connected products and services while minimising data costs.

With rates starting at just €4.50 for a full year of cellular IoT data at 25MB per month, Soracom's Plan X3-EU offers an affordable and transparent solution for M2M devices and sensors.

One of the...

Vodafone’s 4G now available in 50+ rural UK locations

Vodafone customers living, working or visiting 57 rural communities and locations across the UK are now receiving 4G as part of Vodafone’s ongoing commitment to the nationwide Shared Rural Network (SRN) programme. 

The arrival of Vodafone 4G at sites in locations from Orkney Islands to Devon means residents, businesses and visitors are now enjoying faster and more reliable data speeds as well as better quality voice calls.

The Shared Rural Network (SRN) programme...