China is Leading the World in the Internet of Things

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China is Leading the World in the Internet of Things

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The Internet of Things (or, IoT) is the connection of formerly unconnected ‘things’ to the Internet…

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Which will enable cars, industrial equipment, homes, etc. to collect and analyze data, and even automate processes.

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And according to research by GSMA, no country implements IoT technologies better than China.

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Last year, the country had 74 million machine-to-machine (M2M) connections. Source: GSMA.

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While the U.S. has under 50 million M2M connections right now.

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And China’s expected to boost its amount of connected things to 336 million by 2020.

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Meanwhile, the U.S. will probably have just over 150 million by the same time.

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Take a look…

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Source: GSMA Intelligence. Cellular M2M Connections (in millions)

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But how is China leading the world?

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There are few reasons, but the main one is simply the power of the Chinese government.

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Back in 2010, the government set up a national IoT Center.

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And set a goal to build the country’s IoT technologies into a $163 billion market by 2020.

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To do that, the government set up IoT standards in 2013, and then integrated new tech into smart cities in 2014.

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“Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Hangzhou and other large cities have established extensive database and sensor networks to collect, store, and analyse information related to transportation, electricity, public safety, and environmental factors.” - GSMA Intelligence

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Of course, the private sector is helping to make all of this possible too.

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Specifically, the country’s leading wireless carriers — China Mobile, China Telecom, and China Unicom — are connecting China to the IoT.

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“Chinese operators are developing sophisticated M2M service propositions that go far beyond the provision of basic connectivity.” - Sylwia Kechiche GSMA Intelligence

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China Mobile helped develop a national IoT platform, sells its own M2M services, and even started an Internet of Vehicles company.

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Similarly, China Telecom is building services for connected homes and vehicles, and has its own center focused on M2M.

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And China Unicom is focusing much of its attention on connected home services and consumer-oriented IoT products.

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China’s IoT expansion also benefits from the country’s large population.

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“China offers economies of scale for IoT unmatched by any other single country.” - Josh Builta IHS Technology

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And the country’s past economic growth enabled China to build out IoT systems quickly.

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Because of its early lead in IoT, even China’s current economic worries shouldn't hurt the country’s IoT dominance.

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