Unlocking Telcos IoT Potential

Thibault Werlé Rachid El Ameri Rüdiger Schicht Rodolphe Baronnet-Frugès

The Internet of Things (IoT) allows computing devices and machines to share data directly without human input. It boosts productivity – via speed, accuracy, and system integration – across a wide range of applications, and is already transforming consumer, commercial, industrial, and infrastructural activities. However, the IoT space is evolving quickly with implications for all stakeholders. Developments from the emergence of cutting-edge use cases require telecom operators to adapt. This paper offers an overview of the Low-power wide-area network (LPWAN) space, major cellular and non-cellular technologies and their corresponding use cases, the key focus of telecom operators today, and the key strategic levers for telecom players to stay relevant in the future.