Traditionally, the greatest rises tend to precipitate the hardest falls. However, we occasionally encounter a situation where a fall is essential to advancing the greatest of rises.

The case of cellular IoT provides us with such a scenario.

According to recent projections, we can expect to see cellular IoT grow to some 2.4 billion connections by 2025, the majority of which will be in the automotive space, closely followed by security and utilities applications. Indeed, with the ongoing rollout of CAT-M1 networks – to be followed by the first NB-IoT networks later this year – there will be few (if any) IoT markets that LTE does not address.

Impressive though this number is, the increase in cellular IoT connections and applications should not be too surprising, given the recent advances of LTE technologies. Instead, it is the “fall” that LTE has had to take to become the most viable connectivity solution that is intriguing.

LTE has had to shrug off its traditional mantle as a power-hungry and highly expensive broadband technology, to a fallen version in the form of cellular IoT. Fallen in terms of ultra-low power consumption and reduced throughput at the lowest possible cost.

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