5G IoT Revenue Will Reach $8 Billion by 2025

Total operator-billed revenue from 5G IoT connections will reach $8 billion by 2025, rising from $525 million in 2020, according to Juniper Research. This is a growth of over 1,400% over the next 5 years. Automotive and smart cities sectors will be the key growth drivers for 5G adoption over the next 5 years.

The new research anticipates that revenue from these 5G connections is a highly sought-after new revenue stream for operators. It forecasts that 5G IoT connections must be considered as new connections that will not cannibalise existing operator connectivity revenue from current IoT technologies.

The research urges operators to develop comprehensive value-added services to enable IoT service users to manage their 5G connections. It forecasts that tools, such as network slicing and multi-access edge computing solutions, will be essential to attract the highest spending IoT service users to use their 5G networks.

It also forecasts that valued-added services will become crucial in the automotive and smart cities sectors. It also forecasts that these sectors would account for 70% of all 5G IoT connections by 2025, with higher than anticipated levels of device support for 5G radios accelerating the uptake of 5G connectivity. The research claims that the initial high pricing of 5G connectivity in the IoT sector would dissuade all but high value IoT users.

“Management tools for the newly-enabled services are key for users managing large scale deployments. We believe that only 5% of 5G connections will be attributable to the IoT, but as these are newly enabled connections, operators must view them as essential to securing a return on their 5G investment,” said said research author Andrew Knighton.

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