5G IoT connections to exceed 100M by 2026

The global number of 5G IoT connections is set to exceed 100 million by 2026.

A study by Juniper Research finds the number of connections will reach 116 million by 2026; increasing from 17 million in 2023.

The incredible 1,100 percent growth is set to be driven by smart city services and healthcare.

Olivia Williams, one of the researchers, commented:

“5G will enable more efficient and dynamic healthcare provision that was not feasible with 4G or...

SwitchBot jumps on the Matter train with Hub 2

SwitchBot has added support for the Matter smart home standard with its new Hub 2.

Announced at this year’s CES, the Hub 2 is a WiFi-based bridge that enables SwitchBot’s popular Bluetooth devices to work with other ecosystems.

The new hub now features a simple display that shows information such as temperature and humidity in the air. However, those features are secondary to its main function.

With the Hub 2, users of SwitchBot’s devices can use the...

Z-Wave Source Code project is ‘complete’

The Z-Wave Alliance has announced that its Source Code project is “complete” and now available to members.

By opening development, the alliance says it will enable members to contribute code that will shape the future of the IoT protocol.

Smart home standard Matter has stolen the spotlight over the past year due to its backing from major ecosystem players, including Apple, Google, Samsung, IKEA, Signify, and more. The standard has boosted hopes that the smart...

Wi-Fi 6 and 5G provide today’s optimal wireless IoT connectivity

IoT innovations have seen increased adoption of Wi-Fi to support everything from factory robots to vending machines.

The increased throughput offered by Wi-Fi 6 is demonstrating how the technology can be applicable to a raft of use cases. In some situations, this makes Wi-Fi a more appealing connectivity option than cellular as it brings the same wireless benefits but at lower cost.

The central advantage of Wi-Fi 7 is that it offers an extremely high throughput utilizing...

Smart home IoT standard Matter officially launches

Matter has officially launched with the arrival of the 1.0 release of the smart home IoT standard.

The Connectivity Standards Alliance (CSA) is responsible for creating, evolving, and managing the Matter standard. Today, the CSA and its members released the Matter 1.0 standard and certification program.

“What started as a mission to unravel the complexities of connectivity has resulted in Matter, a single, global IP-based protocol that will fundamentally change the...

Matter gets closer to becoming the ubiquitous smart home standard

Matter is getting closer to becoming the ubiquitous standard for the smart home with two big updates from Apple and Google.

From Apple, we saw the release of the iOS and iPadOS 16.1 developer betas bring a new option for “Matter Accessories” in the Settings for each operating system:

Apple first announced that iOS 16 would support Matter back at WWDC, but now we’re beginning to see the first signs of real-world integration.

Selecting the new option...

Cellular LPWAN to generate $2.3B in recurring revenue by 2027

Kaleido Intelligence forecasts that cellular LPWAN will generate $2.3 billion in recurring connectivity revenue by 2027.

The figure represents an over twofold increase from the under $900 million set to be generated from cellular LPWAN connectivity in 2022.

“LPWAN has a delicate balancing act to maintain. Data-based monetisation has been shown to be uneconomical for network operators,” says James Moar, Principal Analyst at Kaleido Intelligence.

Europe is...

IKEA announces Matter-ready smart home hub

IKEA is ramping up its smart home ambitions with the launch of a Matter-ready hub.

Many IoT standards have come and gone over the years. Most of these standards have promised interoperability to break down barriers but consumers have still ended up being left with numerous hubs to support their various products.

Matter promises to change that. The royalty-free standard was launched and introduced by Amazon, Apple, Google, Comcast, and the Zigbee Alliance. With that kind...

Public LoRaWAN networks grow by 66% over three years

The LoRa Alliance has announced that public LoRaWAN networks have grown by 66 percent over the past three years.

LoRaWAN is an open standard for IoT low-power wide-area networks (LPWANs). The LoRa Alliance has more than 500 members – including the likes of IBM, Cisco, HP, Foxconn, Semtech, Bosch, and Schneider – and has promoted the expansion of the LoRaWAN ecosystem since 2015.

Deployments of LPWAN networks have been traditionally driven by mobile network operators....

ABI Research: 4G is still the go-to for IoT connectivity

A study conducted by ABI Research finds that 4G is still the go-to solution for IoT connectivity.

The new year hasn’t brought with it a new dominant IoT connectivity standard. ABI Research monitored the activities of 1,037 IoT models across 52 module vendors and found competing standards have some way to go to catch up to 4G.

4G accounts for over 60 percent of cellular modules—spanning both high bandwidth CAT12 to CAT20, and high bandwidth CAT1 to CAT4. 5G represents...