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Number of IoT connected devices worldwide 2019-2030, by communications technology

Short range technologies, that include WiFi, Bluetooth, and Zigbee, will dominate in number of Internet of Things (IoT) connections in 2030 compared with other communications technologies, with over 17.3 billion connections. These short range technologies are projected to make up the largest portion of the communications technologies from 2021 to 2030. Massive machine-type communuication (mMTC) using 5G technology, which is needed for the wide deployment of autonomous vehicles, is also projected to grow strongly over the next ten years.

Number of Internet of Things (IoT) connected devices worldwide from 2019 to 2030, by communications technology

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Transforma Insights
Release date

December 2020



Survey time period

2019 to 2020

Supplementary notes

IoT connections are defined as connections to remote sensing and actual devices. This includes associated aggregation devices such as hub devices.

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