The advent of the Internet of Things (IoT) will intensify the demand on mobile networks and require carriers to adapt both network systems and devices, according to a recent poll of the Light Reading community.
Out of nearly 900 respondents to the poll, 38% believe IoT traffic and device proliferation will increase the demand placed on networks, and 30% think the IoT will require service providers to upgrade both networks and devices.
Indeed, it will radically transform the business of mobile network operators, as tens of millions of connected devices are added to networks. Early activity around standards development has already created some confusion in the IoT community, as all manner of IoT participants -- chipmakers, device manufacturers, infrastructure developers, and service providers -- scramble to join one of the many emerging standards development camps. (See Intel, Others Form Another IoT Alliance .)
Despite that rising hum of activity, some 17% of Light Reading poll respondents aren't buying the IoT hype, while 15% expect businesses to bypass carriers and set up their own networks to connected devices.
A recent Heavy Reading Insider report, "IoT Platforms: A Heavy Reading Competitive Analysis," explores the kinds of systems that must be put in place for mobile operators to help manage the tasks that go along with connecting IoT devices -- everything from connectivity to device management to application creation and customization. (See IoT: More Things, More Challenges.)
As is the case for many categories of service, the imperative for mobile operators in the IoT era is to avoid becoming simply a mode of transport. Adapting and upgrading networks to handle the IoT onslaught and implementing platforms that add intelligence to application development and device connectivity are the first steps toward achieving that end.
— Jason Meyers, Utility Communications Editor, Light Reading