IoT Opportunities and Impacts

The positive impact of the IoT on citizens, businesses and governments will be significant, ranging from helping governments reduce healthcare costs and improving quality of life, to reducing carbon footprints, increasing access to education in remote underserved communities, and improving transportation safety.

The expected value added impact of the IoT by 2020 is estimated to be in the region of 4.5 Trillion USD (Machina Research), including both revenue opportunities and cost savings that may be generated.


Find out more about what the IoT is, statistics on IoT growth and the socioeconomic impact of the IoT in, the resources below.

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IoT’s Contribution to Economic Growth

IoT significantly increases productivity: by as much as 0.2% of GDP already, and growing. Over half of these benefits are enjoyed by manufacturing businesses, making it the sector currently with the largest opportunity from using IoT. The potential gains for businesses in ...

IoT will bring substantial socio-economic benefits

This slide provides an overview of the socio-economic benefits that IoT will bring (source: PwC estimates) Download

Market Sizing: MENA, APAC and Latin America

These slides provide an overview on the market sizing of MENA, APAC and Latin America regions. (Source: Analysis Mason) Download

IoT Opportunities and Impacts

Introductory two page document providing GSMA’s definition of IoT, statistics and descriptions of four examples of IoT services. Download

Cisco – The rise of M2M devices

Cisco presentation at the 3rd BEREC stakeholder forum, providing useful information on the impact of IoT in various countries as well as statistics on the market sizes of IoT and cellular IoT. Download

The Role of Mobile Operators in IoT (webinar slides)

Webinar highlights:  Operators discuss the roll out of exciting new IoT initiatives and call for light and flexible approach. Featuring experts from Ooredoo, Telecom Italia, Telefonica, Telenor and the GSMA. Download webinar slides