The world continually becomes more joined together with the growth of connectivity. Global connectivity has grown exponentially since the first users had access in 1994:  What started with internet users making up 0.1% of the population has become 63% of the population in 2021. 

IoT cellular connectivity has grown, and it’s only going to continue to do so as technology expands and adapts. That being said, IoT cellular connectivity is still not 100 percent globally accessible, creating an opportunity for cellular connectivity expansion. 

What Is Global Connectivity? 

Global connectivity as a whole is how devices and people are able to connect around the world and be connected anywhere. IoT cellular global connectivity refers to how IoT devices are able to connect the larger network of devices at any point in the world. Through this internet connectivity (also called cellular connectivity), IoT devices are able to connect to a larger network at many points around the world. While this connection is growing, the network is currently incomplete. 

Global connectivity is a powerful tool for companies that rely on IoT devices and work across the globe. For example, a shipping company that uses IoT devices benefits from global connectivity when the ships are able to cross oceans while staying connected to the main hub. Even on more local levels, IoT global connectivity sets companies up for more opportunities for success. Higher connectivity means a larger network and expanding business opportunities. 

Benefits of Global Connectivity 

The growth of IoT global connectivity also means increased internet connectivity and access. As mentioned earlier, only 63% of the population of the world have internet access easily. The more IoT cellular connectivity grows, the more access the world will have to constant internet connectivity. 

Increased global connectivity also provides companies with growing business opportunities. They will be able to reach new places and provide services anywhere. IoT devices won’t be limited to areas with established connectivity already. 

Good examples here could be that multimodal supply chains will have consistent connectivity .. globalization will be simpler, organizations can deploy devices across the globe easier

Barriers to Global Connectivity

Why isn’t IoT cellular connectivity worldwide already? There are a few barriers that currently hold IoT connectivity back. The main barrier is that places without connectivity are often without because they’re hard to reach, or it would be costly to add the infrastructure required for IoT connectivity. It can be a high cost to add infrastructure, and it may be a high cost for usage—which is part of what holds global connectivity back. But these barriers will continue to shrink as more and more places add the right infrastructure to connect globally. 

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Currently, there isn’t complete global connectivity for IoT. But just because there isn’t a complete global network currently doesn’t mean that there aren’t opportunities for businesses to use IoT connectivity to their advantage. Right now IoT connection can benefit companies looking to expand and smooth business operations. 

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