Why the Mobile Network Economic Model Must Change for Operators to Survive

2 January 2018

This year saw a record number of mobile users — over 4.92 billion recorded. But that number seems remarkably small when considered against the expected number of connected devices and endpoints that will be ushered in by the full maturity of the IoT era: Gartner predicts over 20.4 billion connected "things" in use by 2020. With 5G and the explosion of the IoT on the horizon, the network framework that has served the industry for so long is showing its cracks — leaving operators rightly concerned about how they’ll manage demand and make a profit when this stream turns into a deluge.