IDC MarketScape names AT&T leader in IoT connectivity market

Recognition for strength in the automotive market, readiness for large deployments, robust global partnerships

by AT&T Business Editorial Team
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AT&T has been named a Leader in the IDC MarketScape: Worldwide Managed IoT Connectivity Services 2022 Vendor Assessment.

According to the IDC MarketScape, AT&T was recognized as a Leader   based on our strong know-how and experience in the automotive market, which is a large market for 5G cellular services and eSIM deployments. AT&T Global SIM brings IoT connectivity to 200+ countries and territories. The  report also acknowledges that we’ve announced several managed private network 5G contracts in manufacturing, academia, and the military.

The emergence of IoT as a category of the IDC MarketScape reflects the trend happening today. As companies expand their businesses to new geographic areas, there is an associated increased need for global IoT connectivity services. We’re honored to be named a Leader in the IoT Managed Connectivity Services market in this exciting time of industrial revolution, where connecting devices to the internet yields actionable data and intelligence.

Why global IoT connectivity matters

As businesses continue to expand their footprint in how they connect across the globe, IoT solutions have become essential for growth. Core connectivity, mobile flexibility, and seamless coverage are now requirements for day-to-day operations, yes, but also to deliver a reliable, quality experience to customers.

How are businesses able to capitalize on this? The IDC MarketScape report states that IoT mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs) are turning more attention to IoT connectivity and services. And in order to compete, IoT MVNOs are offering competitive pricing and innovations. These include integrations with “cloud service providers and online marketplaces that make it easy for users to launch and expand IoT projects. The IoT MVNOs are forcing mobile network operators (MNOs) to refocus their IoT offerings and pricing.”

But this is not only for national business. As mentioned above, the global footprint of business continues to expand for many companies, which brings the need for global IoT connectivity services. In addition, agility in managing connectivity to IoT devices is a requirement now as well. The IDC MarketScape states that,  “eSIM gives customers the flexibility to remotely switch an IoT device to another network without physically changing the SIM. eSIM also helps providers avoid the problems of global roaming as some countries don't allow IoT roaming for regulatory, competitive, or legal reasons. Although eSIM technology gives MNOs less control, it's becoming more essential for customers with international connected product requirements.”

AT&T is meeting this need. The 2022 IDC MarketScape acknowledges our strong U.S. coverage and global partnerships and also gives a nod to our competitive pricing and resources for large deployments.

Leader in IoT connectivity market

Today, AT&T connects more than 95 million devices around the world, and we have more than 51 million connected cars on the AT&T network. With our wide variety of IoT solutions, we are continually working to make it easier for customers to manage their IoT endpoints and to scale their IoT ecosystems. With our unparalleled threat intelligence, we keep your IoT data close and threats at bay.

The IDC MarketScape report encourages customers to consider AT&T when, “AT&T combines two specialty services, IoT and first responder services, allowing first responders on AT&T's separate FirstNet core to add IoT deployments around video, healthcare, fleet services, or Smart City use cases with the use of Control Center. In addition, AT&T can be a helpful partner with complex IoT deployments involving 5G technology, MEC, and managed private networks. The company has a long, proven track record in the managed IoT connectivity services market.”

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The IDC MarketScape for Worldwide Managed IoT Connectivity Services names AT&T to  the Leaders Category because of our “strong U.S. coverage and global partnerships.” It also reports that we offer competitive pricing and resources for large deployments.

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