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In this report, we discuss our expectations for 2020 trends in several key areas impacting the IoT market including technology evolution, drivers and barriers, and vertical markets.


  • While much 5G messaging in 2020 will be aimed at priming the consumer market, 5G for industry (or enterprise) is increasingly being touted as the key to future revenues for service providers
  • Edge, cloud, and AI are three interlinked elements of an emerging approach to IoT data strategy, which we expect to see move forward in a more concrete way in 2020.

Features and Benefits

  • Assesses the key IoT developments that will happen in 2020.
  • Identifies s the most important technologies, strategies, and drivers and barriers for the IoT market in 2020.

Key questions answered

  • What are the drivers and challenges to LPWAN and 5G technology adoption in 2020?
  • How will vertical markets such as automotive or IIoT evolve in 2020?
  • What strategies should CSPs use in 2020 and beyond to boost their IoT business?

Table of contents


  • Catalyst
  • Ovum view
  • Key messages

Technology enablers – 2020 trends

  • 2020 is just the start of 5G for IoT
  • 2020 will see growth, but not exponential take-off, for LPWAN
  • Edge cloud and AI will become commonplace elements of IoT data strategy for more sophisticated use cases

"Big-picture" IoT strategies

  • The top 10 CSPs will continue to dominate IoT connectivity in 2020 – and will continue their efforts to go "beyond connectivity"
  • China's IoT market will go from strength to strength
  • IoT cybersecurity will dominate enterprise IoT concerns

Verticals and use cases

  • From trials to business propositions: CSPs' IIoT strategies must get real in 2020
  • Cellular vehicle-to-anything (CV2X) will move closer to becoming the global standard for connected vehicle communications
  • Smart cities: Financing and business models will continue to challenge cities and their suppliers in 2020
  • Public security will emerge as one of the foremost 5G/AI IoT use cases


  • Methodology
  • Further reading
  • Author

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