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Telstra at 3.2mn IoT devices, napkin-math isn’t pretty

Telstra’s IoT head, Gerhard Loots, has said that the Australian MNO has more than 3.2mn devices connected to its IoT network, and that it is connecting 2,000 new devices each day. By this time next year, it says it will have more than 4mn devices nationwide, but if you play around with the numbers, this isn’t exactly promising from an IoT perspective. Remember, this is the market of billions of devices annually, with some forecasts pointing to a trillion connections in 2035-2050. Yet, one of the largest telco firms in APAC (one of the few globally to have both LTE Cat-M and LTE Cat-NB, and the largest operator in Australia) can’t manage more than 720,000 IoT additions annually, in a…

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