IoT Enabled Devices to Top 40 Billion by 2020

According to ABI research, the number of active wireless connected devices will exceed 40.9 billion by 2020 - more than double the current total.

ABI also predicted that the installed base of active wireless connected devices will exceed 16 billion this year.

ABI research principal analyst Aapo Markkanen said: "The driving force behind the surge in connections is that usual buzzword suspect, the internet of things.

"If we look at this year's installed base, smartphones, PCs and other 'hub' devices represent 44% of the active total, but by the end of 2020 their share is set to drop to 32%.

"In other words, 75% of the growth between today and the end of the decade will come from non-hub devices - sensor nodes and accessories."

ABI said the critical question from every technology supplier's point of view is how the plethora of IoT devices will ultimately be connected.

Until only recently, the choices that OEM's have faced have been fairly straightforward, with cellular, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and others all generally addressing their comfort zones. Going forward, Markkanen believes that they will be increasing competition with each other, so for the suppliers the strategic stakes are getting much higher.

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