Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

China is world’s largest IoT market, says GSMA

Steve Rogerson
July 11, 2019

Chinese mobile operators are leading the world in the deployment of transformative IoT products and services, according to the GSMA. By connecting the estimated 960 million devices via cellular networks, the country is realising the value of the IoT and transforming society through mass-market deployments in smart home, smart industry and smart city sectors.
China, says the GSMA, is the world’s largest IoT market with 64 per cent of the 1.5 billion global cellular connections including the rapidly growing mobile IoT licensed LPWA technologies.
“Backed by proactive government support, China is now at the forefront in the development and mass deployment of innovative and transformative IoT based solutions based on mobile IoT technology,” said Alex Sinclair, chief technology officer at the GSMA. “These new technologies are being implemented across multiple different vertical sectors fundamentally altering the way we live and work, delivering real-time information and making our cities smarter and our lives easier and more productive.”
There are a wide variety of different examples of large scale deployments in China across a number of different sectors. For example, Sunsea AIoT with partner China Telecom has installed over half a million NB-IoT sensors covering over 37km in the Jing’an District, turning the area into a smart community. The devices monitor fire hydrant water pressure sensors as well as gas and smoke detectors and environmental monitors.
Connected manhole covers also monitor gases and underground assets. An integrated platform centralises, monitors and analyses the data to help with real-time improvements.
China Mobile has installed over 100,000 NB-IoT intelligent fire alarm systems including fire alarms, temperature sensors, smoke and gas detectors across China. China Unicom has installed more than 25,000 gas and water meters using NB-IoT technology that combines the IoT with big data to make energy management more intelligent.