LTE IoT Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2021 - 2026)

The LTE IoT Market is segmented by Service (Professional, Managed), Product Type (NB-IoT, LTE-M), End-user Industry (IT & Telecommunication, Healthcare, Retail), and Geography.

Market Snapshot

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Study Period: 2018 - 2026
Base Year: 2020
Fastest Growing Market: Asia Pacific
Largest Market: Europe
CAGR: 28 %

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Market Overview

LTE IoT Market is expected to register a healthy CAGR of over 28% during the forecast period (2021 - 2026). The growth of connected devices and the need for unique and defined network qualities are fueling the growth of the LTE IoT market.

  • The managed service provider offers customers comprehensive and cost-effective solutions thereby delivering their expertise in managing various operating activities (including infrastructure management, security operations, and cloud operations) to clients, enabling them to launch various Machine-to-Machine (M2M) offerings.
  • Due to the delicate nature of manufacturing operations, manufacturers are adopting IoT solutions, sensors, and IoT wireless connectivity platforms to increase their productivity, thereby transforming their operations into smart manufacturing.
  • Many software and solution providers are offering industries smart manufacturing applications that include proactive and automatic analytics capabilities, making industrial manufacturing an intelligent and self-manageable environment. The LTE technology is availed to establish stable connectivity among various devices in a factory for data transmission, to enable industries to tackle the issues related to predictive maintenance and autonomous production.

Scope of the Report

Companies are actively working on IoT along with its high growth opportunities in multiple vertical across the market ranging from healthcare to energy utilities and from automotive to robotics. The size of the 3GPP ecosystem is projecetd to further drive commercialisation of IoT, with mobile operators, infrastructure suppliers, chipset and module manufacturers, device companies as well as development and testing houses supporting new services. In turn, this is pushing operators to provide broadband solutions on both mobile networks under the scope of LTE-M and NB-IoT thereby defining and creating new bundle plans by the help of combined mobile and fixed services.

By Service
By Product Type
NB-IoT (Cat-NB1)
LTE-M (eMTC Cat-M1)
By End-user Industry
IT & Telecommunication
Consumer Electronics
Retail (Digital Ecommerce)
Other End-user Industries
North America
United States
United Kingdom
Rest of Europe
Rest of Asia-Pacific
Latin America
Middle East & Africa

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Key Market Trends

Industrial Sector is Expected to Grow at a Significant Rate

  • The IoT is transforming the way the approach of the organizations communicating and regulating their everyday businesses and industrial processes. Its widespread adoption across the industries has proven to be well suited for sectors that have to manage a large number of assets and coordinate complex and distributed operations.
  • Due to the complexity and diversity of industrial requirements, there are numerous types of communication systems required. With new technologies in place, current warfare is now being referred to as network-centric warfare wherein a robustly networked architecture improves information sharing that enhanced the quality of information and shared situational awareness. Such an extended applications and servicability of the market type has helped it to creat a demand specific to market and end users need.
  • Flexibility, interoperability, and longevity are key characteristics of networked communications for the LTE applications, that are helpeing to craete demand for the end users, to maintain close coordination within the team as well as across adjacent and higher operating units in industries. With the advancement in the LTE along with the development in IoT, the future of the market holds a lot of promise for enhanced situational awareness via voice, video, and data delivered not only limited to the emergency operations/dispatch of services but also to first responders in the field.
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Europe holds a Significant Market Share

  • Europe is gaining the LTE IoT market presence owing to the widespread adoption of the LTE technology for enterprises' IoT applications. The well-established presence of some of the prominent players across the region such as Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson, Halberd Bastion Pty Ltd, u-blox AG among others is expected to further assit the regional market in the overall growth. 
  • The region is leading in terms of LTE IoT coverage area, with some of the ongoing development by the prominent players across the region, fueling the demand across the region. For instances, Huawei and Vodafone opened an open lab in Newbury, UK, for R&D of LTE IoT technologies and applications. 
  • European Commission and European Union member states are committed to developing strategies to support experiments and the deployment of IoT telecom and allied services. Various cellular operators are also set for the widespread deployment of LTE IoT in the UK and rest of Europe where, Germany, UK, and France are the top 3 contributors to the LTE IoT market in Europe. Further, several pre-commercial trials and plots have also been deployed by Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) across Europe.
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Competitive Landscape

The LTE IoT market is highly consolidated and consists of a few major players. In terms of market share, some of the major players currently dominate the market. However, with the advancement in the industrial IoT application across multiple end-user industries, new players are increasing their market presence thereby expanding their business footprint across the emerging economies.

  • May 2019 - Sequans Communications S.A. announced the certification and commercial availability of Sequans’ SP150Q LTE Cat 1 module, designed to operate on Sprint’s Curiosity IoT dedicated core network and operating system engineered to generate immediate business intelligence from connected devices. Positioning Universal (PUI) is the first customer to adopt the module and has recently launched the FJ1000 automotive tracker.
  • February 2018 - Cisco Jasper Control Center for NB-IoT made its first commercially available global NB-IoT platform. When used in conjunction with the Cisco Jasper Control Center IoT connectivity management platform, enterprises are expected to  be able to manage both NB-IoT and cellular devices. NB-IoT (Narrow Band-IoT) is expected to drive the growth of IoT at a massive scale, increasing the number of connected devices.

Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions

    2. 1.2 Scope of the Study




    1. 4.1 Market Overview

    2. 4.2 Market Drivers

      1. 4.2.1 Growing Demand for High Speed Broadband Connectivity

      2. 4.2.2 Rising Demand for the Industrial IoT Among End-user Industries

    3. 4.3 Market Restraints

      1. 4.3.1 Scarcity of Spectrum Bandwidth

    4. 4.4 Industry Attractiveness - Porter's Five Force Analysis

      1. 4.4.1 Threat of New Entrants

      2. 4.4.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers/Consumers

      3. 4.4.3 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      4. 4.4.4 Threat of Substitute Products

      5. 4.4.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry

    5. 4.5 Technology Snapshot

      1. 4.5.1 Private LTE

      2. 4.5.2 Commercial LTE

      3. 4.5.3 Enterprise LTE


    1. 5.1 By Service

      1. 5.1.1 Professional

      2. 5.1.2 Managed

    2. 5.2 By Product Type

      1. 5.2.1 NB-IoT (Cat-NB1)

      2. 5.2.2 LTE-M (eMTC Cat-M1)

    3. 5.3 By End-user Industry

      1. 5.3.1 IT & Telecommunication

      2. 5.3.2 Consumer Electronics

      3. 5.3.3 Retail (Digital Ecommerce)

      4. 5.3.4 Healthcare

      5. 5.3.5 Industrial

      6. 5.3.6 Other End-user Industries

    4. 5.4 Geography

      1. 5.4.1 North America

        1. United States

        2. Canada

      2. 5.4.2 Europe

        1. United Kingdom

        2. Germany

        3. France

        4. Rest of Europe

      3. 5.4.3 Asia-Pacific

        1. China

        2. Japan

        3. Australia

        4. Rest of Asia-Pacific

      4. 5.4.4 Latin America

      5. 5.4.5 Middle East & Africa


    1. 6.1 Company Profiles

      1. 6.1.1 Qualcomm Technologies, Inc

      2. 6.1.2 Halberd Bastion Pty Ltd

      3. 6.1.3 u-blox AG

      4. 6.1.4 Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson

      5. 6.1.5 Cisco Syatem Inc. (Jasper)

      6. 6.1.6 Cradlepoint Inc.

      7. 6.1.7 Sequans Communications S.A.

      8. 6.1.8 PureSoftware

      9. 6.1.9 TELUS Corporation

      10. 6.1.10 MediaTek Inc.

    2. *List Not Exhaustive


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Frequently Asked Questions

The LTE IoT Market market is studied from 2018 - 2026.

The LTE IoT Market is growing at a CAGR of 28% over the next 5 years.

Asia Pacific is growing at the highest CAGR over 2021- 2026.

Europe holds highest share in 2020.

Qualcomm Technologies, Inc, Halberd Bastion Pty Ltd, Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson, Cisco System Inc., Sequans Communications S.A. are the major companies operating in LTE IoT Market.

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