Internet of things (IoT) innovation continues to grow based on demand from both consumers and enterprises, and cellular connectivity is at the heart of the convenience, cost savings and “cool factor” of these rapidly proliferating connected devices.

The trend began many years ago when early-connected devices were exactly that – machines connected to machines and sensors via cables. The advent of wireless connectivity options, such as 2G, opened the innovation floodgates for devices to operate in an untethered manner, whether that was a fleet management tracking device or a remote agricultural moisture sensor. Given that many IoT applications are expected to be in service for 3-5 or even more years, these technology changes – which sound a long time away – have profound impact on the near-term planning needs of today’s solutions developers.