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China is running away with cellular IoT market, say three reports

Cellular IoT, the catch-all term for 2G, 3G, and 4G IoT connections, is the subject of a trio of new reports from analyst houses, and by their accounts, China is running away with the competition. With strong government support for IoT projects, as part of its ongoing industrial transformations, as well as its response to environmental challenges, China seems to be driving NB-IoT growth in a major way. Figures from Counterpoint Research note that China Mobile expected to add 100m IoT devices in 2017, and had hit 150m total by mid-year – although the Chinese MNO doesn’t breakdown the ‘smart connections’ by application or connection protocol. However, it dwarfs globally second-placed Vodafone, claiming 32% of global connections, compared to Vodafone’s…

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