A new report from the IoT market research firm Berg Insight says that the global number of cellular IoT subscribers increased by 22 percent during 2021 to reach 2.1 billion.
The major regional markets China, Western Europe and North America grew similarly during the year as the world recovered from the COVID-19 pandemic. By 2026, Berg Insight now projects that there will be 4.3 billion IoT devices connected to cellular networks worldwide.
The top ten mobile operators reported a combined active base of 1.8 billion cellular IoT connections at the end of 2021, accounting for 86 percent of total connections. China Mobile is the world’s largest provider of cellular IoT connectivity services with an estimated 801 million cellular IoT connections. China Unicom and China Telecom ranked second and third with 300 million and 297 million connections respectively.
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