America Mobile Carriers Now Adding More Cars Than Phones To Their Networks

A statistic that was recently revealed by Chetan Sharma Consulting highlights just how much IoT is poised to take over life as we know it: American mobile carriers are now adding more IoT connections to their networks than phones. In the second quarter of this year, around 1.4 million cars were connected to cell networks, while the same could be said for just 1.2 million phones and fewer than 900,000 tablets.

Although it’s important to note that the second quarter doesn’t typically see the high phone sales that the holiday season of the fourth quarter tends to inspire, the IoT growth has actually been a long-term trend.

For example, when viewed in isolation AT&T has been adding connected cars faster than smartphones and tablets combined for seven quarters in a row. The firm looks set to hit 10 million car connections in the very near future.

Car Makers Benefit From Connected Cars

In most of these cases, it is not the driver of the car who is initiating the connection. Instead, car makers are rolling the cars out with live cell connections already set up, which can help with tasks like software updates, condition monitoring, and data collection for future improvements. In addition, having cars online could reduce the need for recalls that cost car makers money and inconvenience drivers, who have to bring their cars in for service when a recall arises. The consumers themselves haven’t been as quick to rely on their car’s cell services, mostly because many people have them in their phones already.

Cellular IoT is also cropping up other places. For example, shipping container tracking, fleet management, and smart city uses like connected parking meters and lights are all finding uses for the technology. This phenomenon is not only being seen in our country; Vodafone and China Mobile are just a few of the big operators around the world who have been setting up expansive IoT operational efforts.

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