China Becomes the World’s Largest IoT Market with 1 Billion Connections

The GSMA has announced that Chinese mobile operators are leading the world in the deployment of transformative Internet of Things (IoT) solutions. By connecting an estimated 960 million devices via cellular networks, China is realizing the value of IoT and is transforming society through mass market deployments of smart home, smart industry and smart city solutions. According to GSMA Intelligence, China is the world’s largest IoT market with 64% of the 1.5 billion global cellular connections including the rapidly growing Mobile IoT licensed LPWA technologies.

Backed by proactive government support, China is now at the forefront in the development and mass deployment of innovative and transformative IoT based solutions based on Mobile IoT technology. These new technologies are being implemented across multiple different vertical sectors fundamentally altering the way of living and work, delivering real-time information and making cities smarter and lives easier and more productive.

Mass Mobile IoT Deployments:

There are a wide variety of different examples of large scale deployments in China across a number of different sectors. For example, Sunsea AIoT with partner, China Telecom has installed over 500,000 NB-IoT sensors covering over 37km in the Jing’an District, turning the area into a truly smart community. The devices monitor fire hydrant water pressure sensors as well as gas and smoke detectors and environmental monitors. Connected manhole covers also monitor gases and underground assets. An integrated platform centralizes, monitors and analyses the data to help with real-time improvements. China Mobile has installed over 100,000 NB-IoT intelligent fire alarm systems including fire alarms, temperature sensors, smoke and gas detectors across China; China Unicom has installed over 25,000 gas and water meters utilizing an NB-IoT solution that combines the IoT with big data to make energy management more intelligent.

Internet of Things Programme at MWC Shanghai 2019:

The GSMA’s Internet of Things program hosted a number of activities including workshops and seminars at this year’s MWC Shanghai 2019. These included the GSMA IoT Convention, which brought together experts from governments, mobile operators and enterprises to demonstrate and discuss the latest developments in IoT, 5G and big data. They also hosted the interactive GSMA Mobile IoT Developer Day to help companies start building devices and get to market using NB-IoT technology. The IoT program had a number of interactive demonstrations at the GSMA Innovation City showcasing the latest innovative solutions in mobile.

Connected China Spotlights Cost Effective Mobile IoT Technologies:

Connected China put the spotlight on three key IoT vertical markets: Smart Industry, Smart Cities and Smart Homes. Chinese operators and industry players, including Ericsson and Huawei, are partnering with innovative developers and start-ups to demonstrate a range of cost-effective consumer IoT solutions ranging from door locks, facial skincare diagnostics, pet tracking, gas sensing to fire alarms, and much more.