As the Internet of Things (IoT) flourishes, ISPs are racing to ensure these connected devices have the broadband infrastructure necessary for a seamless consumer experience. This year, there are 8.4 billion connected devices – that’s a 31 percent increase since 2016 alone. Estimates are there will be more than 20.4 billion connected devices by 2020.
ISPs know the future is connected and are building new networks dedicated specifically for IoT devices. These networks will depend upon robust internet connectivity delivered by wired broadband infrastructure. Unlike cell phones, IoT devices don’t have a wide wireless range and a shorter battery life.
To help save on battery life, low-power radio chips are minimizing power demands, and devices are being designed to remain in low-power mode, only waking to receive data. Some IoT devices will require a wider coverage area, or will need to read sensors or receive data in an underground or agricultural environment, so developers are exploring the use of router-type devices to send localized signals.
Investing in the development of new networks tailored to the unique needs of IoT devices will help ensure consumers and communities can enjoy the full promise the vast Internet of Things has to offer.