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Number of IoT connections in China 2015-2025

The Internet of Things is a system that emerged as a result of global digital and technological advancements. It connects a large range of devices and machines to each other without need of interaction with humans or between humans. With China’s rapid technological progression, a vast network of nearly 3.3 billion connections were established nationwide as of 2018.

 The rise of smart homes in China

Forecasts for the year 2020 predicted an increase in the number of smart homes in China to more than 60 million units. Furthermore, the country’s smart home market size was also estimated to expand in value to a total of nearly 171 billion yuan by 2020. Back in 2018, among the many smart home products owned by Chinese consumers, around 25 percent owned home monitors and about 22 percent owned smart speakers.

 Smart living 

People are accumulating more and more advanced gadgets, ranging from home appliances to personal accessories to make life easy and keep up with the times. The smartwatch, while primarily purchased to monitor health, is also used by 23 to 33 percent of users in China to play music or reply to texts and make phone calls.

Number of internet-of-things (IoT) connections in China in 2015 and 2018 with estimates until 2025

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November 2020



Survey time period

2015 to 2018

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