Strategy Analytics: Global IoT Cellular Connections to break through 2.4 Billion in 2025

by Chris Ambrosio, Andrew Brown, Gina Luk | Mar 28, 2017

IoT Cellular Connections to Increase more than 4X by 2025

Boston, MA - March 27, 2017 – According to the latest Strategy Analytics IoT Strategies report “IoT Cellular Connections by Industry Vertical, Bandwidth and Region,” IoT cellular connections will show significant growth out to 2025, with the Automotive, Utility and Security vertical markets driving connections.

Strategy Analytics expects IoT cellular connections to grow to more than 2.4 billion in 2025, with the top three vertical markets (Automotive, Utilities and Security) when combined accounting for over 46% of global IoT cellular connections in 2025. Across the forecast period, the automotive vertical market will not only remain the single largest global consumer of IoT cellular connections, but increase its market share position by 2025.


Andrew Brown, Executive Director of Enterprise and IoT Research at Strategy Analytics, said “With the industry focusing on the path to 5G and low power 3GPP offerings, such as LTE Cat M1 and NB IoT, coupled with a variety of established connectivity platforms, there are lots of choices for cellular connectivity in IoT and the outlook has never been brighter”. “However, the bewildering array of choices also runs the risk of creating confusion for customers with regard to which technologies should be employed in which use cases,” he added.


Matt Wilkins, Senior Analyst IoT Research at Strategy Analytics added, “The growth in cellular connections underlines the importance of cellular networks in IoT, with networks not just being used to facilitate simple connections, but increasingly supporting rich data that will enable new and compelling use cases. Asia Pacific will remain the single largest region across the forecast period, accounting for almost 1 billion connections in 2025; with the top three regions (Asia Pacific, North America, and Western Europe) together accounting for over 75% of global cellular IoT connections in 2025.”


The full report, IoT Cellular Connections by Industry Vertical, Bandwidth and Region, is published by Strategy Analytics IoT Strategies (IoT) service, details of which can be found here:


About Strategy Analytics

Strategy Analytics, Inc. provides the competitive edge with advisory services, consulting and actionable market intelligence for emerging technology, mobile and wireless, digital consumer and automotive electronics companies. With offices in North America, Europe and Asia, Strategy Analytics delivers insights for enterprise 


US Contact: Chris Ambrosio, +1 617 614 0700,

European Contact: Andrew Brown, +44(0) 1908 423 630,

Asia Contact: Gina Luk, +44(0) 1908 423 632,

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