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...

Self-driving shuttle arrives in Sunderland

The debut of the self-driving Sunderland Advanced Mobility Shuttle (SAMS) aims to revolutionise urban mobility in the city.

SAMS, which arrived in Sunderland recently, promises to redefine how residents and visitors navigate the city streets. This autonomous shuttle, set to hit the roads this spring, represents a milestone in Sunderland's journey towards embracing self-driving technology.

Sunderland's Mayor, Councillor Dorothy Trueman, said: “We are thrilled to welcome...

Fibocom launches 5G RedCap modules for IoT solutions

Fibocom has announced the successful deployment and commercialisation of its 5G RedCap (Reduced Capability) modules for 5G IoT scenarios. This move is in collaboration with renowned customers such as Askey, Quanta Computer, and PLANET, who hold substantial influence in their respective vertical markets.

The companies have conducted rigorous engineering testing and verification to ensure the seamless integration of the latest generation 5G RedCap into customer devices. This...

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...

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...

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...

Nokia, BT and MediaTek partner on RedCap trials

Nokia, BT, and MediaTek have successfully concluded trials of 5G Reduced Capability (RedCap) technology. The trials, conducted at BT Group’s Adastral Park site, are a step forward in simplifying and advancing connectivity for IoT devices.

RedCap was introduced in 3GPP Release 17 and addresses a critical challenge faced by IoT devices – the complexity and power consumption of current 5G devices.

Greg McCall, Chief Networks Officer at BT, said:

“This trial...

IoT Tech Expo: The role of satellites in enabling a global IoT

Amine El Ammari, VP of Global Business Development at Thuraya, presented an informative session at IoT Tech Expo Europe on how satellites enable truly global connectivity.

Thuraya is a leading player in the satellite industry, ranking among the top 10 operators worldwide. The company provides satellite services spanning the Middle East, Asia Pacific, Australia and over 150 countries.

The company is vertically integrated, handling everything from satellite connectivity...