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Telstra leaps ahead in IoT, but the connection numbers are still paltry

Telstra’s IoT head, Gerhard Loots, has said that the Australian telco has more than 3.2m 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 4m devices nationwide, though this may not be as impressive as it first sounds, in a market which is supposed to reach billions of devices, globally, each year, 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 developed…

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