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Ericsson, Vodafone, and Qualcomm Technologies recently pioneered data transmission via RedCap on a European network for the first time, unlocking a more streamlined, efficient mode of connectivity for IoT and other devices. Tested on Vodafone Spain’s 5G platform, the Ericsson’s RedCap technology enhances connectivity potential while providing economic and efficient data transmission. Furthermore, the demonstration introduced a new technology, New Radio Light, for extending battery life of customer devices.

Telecommunication giant BT, in collaboration with Nokia and MediaTek, is exploring the potential of 5G Reduced Capability (RedCap) for Internet of Things (IoT) applications. Recently conducted trials at BT’s research centre aimed at uncovering new use-cases for this technology, which, simplified and less complex than 4G, promises a more efficient IoT ecosystem. As suggested by BT’s Chief Networks Officer, Greg McCall, the RedCap technology could “unlock a new wave of innovation” within the 5G landscape.

EchoStar, in a strategic partnership with The Things Industries, enriches its European IoT strategy by introducing a terrestrial element. With The Things Industries’ unique server technology, EchoStar aims to facilitate uninterrupted, real-time communication for IoT devices via terrestrial or satellite channels. While no specific application cases were disclosed, a limited-time trial service provides customers with a glimpse into their orchestrated offerings.

A groundbreaking discovery at the University of the West of Scotland reveals a transformative way to convert human energy into electricity, powered by a 3D graphene foam material. Primed to revitalize the IoT industry, this research spotlights a pressure-sensitive mat that could generate power simply through human footfalls. Offering a unique solution to energy management, this technology could minimize the environmental impact, while fostering a new era of wireless connectivity.

In a remarkable stride, Bharti Airtel has connected over 20 million IoT devices via its B2B branch, Airtel Business, amid India’s 5G evolution. This permits a vast assortment of IoT features offered through multiple connectivity mediums. Major deals have propelled Airtel to surpass a key milestone. Moreover, the Airtel IoT platform facilitates enterprises to manage their IoT connections via the Airtel IoT Hub.

The future of telecommunications is rapidly changing thanks to the surge of Internet of Things (IoT) connections, with an anticipated 142 million 5G IoT roaming connections by 2027. This evolution promises increased speeds, reduced latency, and advanced services, setting the stage for a demand surge in standalone-specific 5G roaming agreements. However, despite these advancements, most connected devices will continue utilizing LTE-M and NB-IoT networks due to their compatibility with mixed traffic. A major hub for 5G IoT roaming is Western Europe, anticipated to host 21% of all such connections by 2027.

BT collaborates with HPE to adapt to the rise in hybrid work and IoT demands, leveraging HPE’s Aruba Networking for a new managed LAN service. This partnership promises heightened flexibility, security and visibility, overcoming the limitations of conventional in-building networks. Despite this, the market faces potential turbulence, particularly from the clearances of backlogged orders affecting enterprise WLAN revenues. While this partnership signifies progress, the changes may create a challenging landscape for those in the industry.

While Europe’s increasing $227 billion investment in IoT assures advancements, it particularly underlines the businesses’ focus on operational cost reduction and process optimization. However, economic strains and geopolitical disturbances, like the war in Ukraine and Covid-19, impede this spending surge, especially in Central and Eastern Europe. IDC, nevertheless, forecasts an upturn by 2027, with IoT remaining a viable tool in organization performance enhancement amidst challenges. For telecom providers, these shifting sands offer both opportunities and considerable challenges.

NTT and Cisco collaborate in launching IoT solutions as a managed service, targeting sectors like manufacturing and healthcare. Combining expertise, they aim to enhance security, decision-making, and lower operational costs. With repeatable solutions, faster deployment and predictable benefits are possible, but customization is still necessary for unique requirements.