Review of latest developments in the Internet of Things

14 March 2017

The Internet of Things (IoT) is a network of devices, including everyday consumer devices, that are connected to the internet to provide a range of new and innovative services and applications. Many of these have the potential to deliver significant benefits to consumers, including improved healthcare and better energy and transport services. Given this, we commissioned this study to look at key developments in the IoT over the last two years and focus on the applications, enablers and barriers in the IoT across different sectors.

The study forecasts that IoT connections across 12 industry sectors in the UK will grow to more than 150 million by 2024. The report suggests that despite the challenges currently present in the IoT, applications are starting to deliver measurable benefit to consumers and businesses, and the IoT is likely to move rapidly from niche to mainstream, especially in sectors such as automotive, utilities and consumer goods.

Ofcom's technical programme enables us to keep up to date with technologies and trends, so that we can be in the best possible position to exercise our regulatory functions. In many cases, we do not conduct investigations in-house, but make use of external resources, such as private commercial organisations, university departments and Government-funded research institutions. These reports present the findings of their technical work. The opinions and conclusions stated within these reports are those of the organisations which conducted the work and may not reflect the view of Ofcom or imply any future policy work in related areas. Ofcom is not responsible for the content or accuracy of these reports.

Full report

Review of latest developments in the Internet of Things (PDF, 5.2 MB)
A report for Ofcom by Cambridge Consultants