The GSMA has expanded the scope of its APAC IoT Partnership Programme, which now includes 32 IoT operators spread across 16 countries. The Programme has doubled in size and fostered the creation of nine new IoT Labs since its launch in October of 2018.
“The mobile operator community are collaborating closely with their partners to lead the expansion and growth of IoT across the region,” said GSMA APAC Head Julian Gorman. “This is now the largest cross-regional IoT community in the world and we are already seeing the impact it is having in terms of the development of new solutions.”
The GSMA notes that the APAC region is the largest and fastest-growing IoT market in the world, already accounting for roughly 40 percent of the world’s total IoT spending. China is particularly important in that regard, promoting the adoption of Global Low Power Wide Area (LPWA) tech while working towards a massive 5G expansion.
The APAC IoT market is expected to be worth $386 billion with 11 billion connections by 2025, with the labs created through the Partnership Programme fostering collaboration and leading to the development of new IoT products, services, and applications.
To build on that success, the GSMA plans to launch a Beyond Connectivity education campaign at this week’s Mobile 360 – Digital Societies event.
The organization also recently opened submissions for the 2020 GLOMO Awards.