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Asia/Pacific (Excluding Japan) Internet of Things Connectivity Forecast and Analysis, 2020-2024

By: Bill RojasAdjunct Research Director, IDC Asia/Pacific, Shaily ShahIndependent Contractor, Richard Lu, Kai CuiSenior Research Manager, Hugh UjhazyVice President, IoT and Telecommunications


In this study, the Asia/Pacific (excluding Japan) (APEJ) forecast for all 13 countries (the "region") is provided. Each market within the region has different demographics, including population density, land area, natural resources, the role of manufacturing and resource industries, geography, telecommunications infrastructure, technology preparedness, and economic environment. Government policy and domestic industry priorities also have a substantial influence on overall Internet of Things (IoT) development in particular industries such as agriculture, energy, healthcare, and public transportation.

The continued expansion of coverage and increase in bandwidth capacity of 4G long term evolution (LTE) networks, coupled with fiber optic metro coverage expansion in the region and the introduction of 5G new radio services are setting the stage for continued growth in the region. Most 5G networks will enable IoT connectivity with low latency, massive number of connections per cell site, and high-resolution video streaming. The fixed line access and cellular access coverage is being further enhanced with the emergence and expansion of low-power wideband access (LPWA), which includes long range (LoRa), SIGFOX, Weightless, and Narrowband (NB)-IoT, dedicated short-range communications (DSRC), and short-range access technologies such as Bluetooth and Zigbee, as well as satellite access, which is becoming possible with nanosatellites and low-earth orbit (LEO) constellations. The thousands of planned nanosatellites and LEOs that will go online during the forecast period will bring attractive price points for remote communications such as those needed in energy, maritime, and agriculture.

"IoT in the Asia/Pacific (excluding Japan) (APEJ) markets continues to grow steadily as government, municipalities, and enterprises take advantage of extensive fiber and 4G LTE coverage to execute IoT strategies that enhance productivity and efficiency, build Smart City infrastructure, and capitalize on new technologies, such as software-defined networking and automation, LTE, NB-IoT and LTE Cat-M1, 5G new radio, and next-generation industrial automation," says Bill Rojas, adjunct research director, IDC Asia/Pacific. "The current COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the critical and strategic importance of IoT processes in healthcare and telemedicine, smart city security, transportation, disaster management, and smart home services and is setting the stage for accelerated evolution in the future of work, the future of industries, and the future of connectivity," he adds.



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