Will Most IoT Connections Use Fixed Network Access (Wi-Fi and other)?
In the past, long-range, low-power networks have had leading share of market (55 percent) for machine-to-machine applications, with short-range solutions such as Wi-Fi having perhaps 35 percent share, with mobile networks having about 10-percent share.
How that might change as internet of things use cases proliferate is one issue. Maravedis, for example, believes that mobile platforms ultimately will have the largest share. Others believe low power wide area networks will do better than that, connecting perhaps 16 percent of IoT devices, while mobile networks connect some seven percent of devices.
That suggests most IoT devices will use other methods, such as Wi-Fi. That matters, in part, because it means most IoT connections might not increase the amount of revenue earned by access providers in a direct way.
Short-range connection technologies will continue to represent the overwhelming percentage of internet of things connections through 2022, Ericsson predicts.