Unlicensed IoT communications services have been taking a sizable bite from mobile operators’ LPWAN share as of late. There are a number of recent examples that support this. Reports show that in the battle for LPWAN, mobile operators face being left in the dust by private companies building their own networks from scratch. The latest ComReg Quarterly Key Data Report on Electronic Communications for the first quarter of 2018 paints an interesting picture in the UK. Competition for providing services that support Low-power wide-area networks (LPWANs) is heating up right now. And major telecoms companies and mobile operators are losing ground to a number of new players eager to challenge the traditional players in this space.

We learned a little more about Ireland’s hunger for everything related to the internet of things (IoT) after the latest ComReg report for the first quarter of 2018 showed that the technology continues to march on.

According to its findings, machine-to-machine (M2M) subscriptions increased to 881,540, a 24.6pc annual increase, and made up 14.6pc of all mobile subscriptions in Q1 2018.

Now equating to almost 15pc of all mobile subscriptions in Ireland, IoT connections are mostly controlled by Vodafone, which has just under 50pc of the market share, followed by Three (48.1pc) and Eir (2.6pc).

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