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IoT Platforms and Software - 6th Edition

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  • 180 Pages
  • November 2021
  • Region: Global
  • Berg Insight AB
  • ID: 5206751

Hyperscalers to Play an Increasingly Important Role in the IoT Platforms Market

Increasingly complex IoT solutions require more advanced communication platforms and middleware that facilitate seamless integration of devices, networks and applications. This new 180-page study analyses the latest developments on the IoT connectivity management, device management and application enablement platform markets. 

The publisher estimates that total revenues for third party IoT platforms will grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 25.2 percent from US$ 3.75 billion in 2020 to US$ 11.56 billion in 2025. Get up to date with the latest trends and information about vendors, products and markets. This report is based on a large number of executive interviews.

Highlights from the Report:

  • 360-degree overview of the IoT ecosystem.
  • Insights from 30 executive interviews with market leading companies.
  • Summary of the latest industry trends and developments.
  • Updated in-depth profiles of key players in the IoT platform market.
  • Reviews of the market strategies of leading platform vendors.
  • Perspectives on the evolution from vertical M2M solutions to the broader scale and scope of the IoT.
  • Extensive global market forecasts lasting until 2025.

The Report Answers the Following Questions:

  • Which trends and developments are shaping the IoT platform market?
  • What are the benefits of using commercial IoT platforms?
  • Who are the leading providers of IoT platforms?
  • What are the main drivers behind the adoption of IoT platforms?
  • Which are the leading IoT platform vendors in the major market verticals?
  • What are the key features of the application enablement platforms available today? 
  • Which mobile operators have deployed IoT CMPs from third-party vendors?
  • What is the potential market size for commercial IoT platforms?

IoT Platform Market Value

Table of Contents

1 The IoT technology stack
1.1 Introduction
1.1.1 IoT architectures
1.1.2 IoT standardisation initiatives
1.2 Devices
1.2.1 Embedded systems and microcontrollers
1.2.2 Embedded software and applications
1.3 IoT networking technologies
1.3.1 The 3GPP family of cellular technologies
1.3.2 LPWA and satellite technologies
1.3.3 Wi-Fi
1.3.4 IEEE 802.15.4
1.3.5 Bluetooth
1.4 IoT platforms and middleware
1.4.1 IoT connectivity management
1.4.2 Device management
1.4.3 Application enablement

2 Market forecasts and trends
2.1 IoT connectivity management platforms
2.1.1 IoT connectivity management platform market forecast
2.1.2 Incumbents dominate the IoT connectivity management platform market
2.1.3 New entrants drive market change offering managed services
2.1.4 IoT MVNOs account for 15 percent of IoT connections in mature markets
2.1.5 LoRaWAN continues its momentum
2.1.6 IoT MVNOs are driving consolidation in the IoT connectivity market
2.1.7 Distributed core networks facilitate global IoT connectivity services
2.2 IoT device management and application enablement platforms
2.2.1 IoT device management and application enablement platform market forecast
2.2.2 Industrial IoT is the largest addressable market for IoT platform vendors
2.2.3 Device-to-cloud solutions enable rapid prototyping and deployment
2.2.4 Secure device management key to smart meter projects
2.2.5 Consumer electronics suppliers adopt commercial IoT platforms
2.2.6 Automotive OEMs implement OTA update services
2.2.7 MQTT is the dominant IoT-specific communication protocol
2.2.8 The IoT platform market is in a consolidation phase

3 Connectivity management platforms
3.1 IoT connectivity management platforms
3.1.1 Mobile network operators adopt multi-platform strategies
3.2 SIM management solutions
3.2.1 eSIM adoption is gathering pace as the standard matures
3.2.2 iSIMs will bring about significant cost reductions
3.3 IoT connectivity management platform vendors
3.3.1 Actility
3.3.2 Cisco
3.3.3 Comarch
3.3.4 EMnify
3.3.5 Ericsson
3.3.6 Flickswitch
3.3.7 floLIVE
3.3.8 Huawei
3.3.9 IoTM Solutions
3.3.10 Mavoco
3.3.11 Nexign
3.3.12 Nokia
3.3.13 NTELS
3.4 MNO connectivity management platforms
3.4.1 Deutsche Telekom
3.4.2 Orange
3.4.3 Telefónica
3.4.4 Verizon
3.4.5 Vodafone
3.5 IoT managed service providers
3.5.1 1NCE
3.5.2 Aeris
3.5.3 Airnity
3.5.4 Arkessa
3.5.5 BICS
3.5.6 Caburn Group
3.5.7 Cubic Telecom
3.5.8 Eseye
3.5.9 iBASIS
3.5.10 JT IoT
3.5.11 KORE Wireless
3.5.12 Onomondo
3.5.13 Pod Group (Giesecke+Devrient)
3.5.14 Soracom
3.5.15 Tata Communications
3.5.16 Transatel
3.5.17 Truphone
3.5.18 Twilio
3.5.19 u-blox
3.5.20 Wireless Logic
3.6 SIM solution providers
3.6.1 Giesecke+Devrient
3.6.2 IDEMIA
3.6.3 Kigen
3.6.4 Thales

4 Device management and application enablement platforms
4.1 Device management and application enablement services
4.1.1 Cloud service providers increasingly dominate the IoT platform market
4.1.2 Cellular IoT device vendors diversify into software and services
4.1.3 Industrial software vendors refine IoT strategies
4.2 Company profiles and strategies
4.2.1 Alibaba Group
4.2.2 Altair Engineering
4.2.3 Amazon
4.2.4 Amplía
4.2.5 AVSystem
4.2.6 Axonize
4.2.7 Ayla Networks
4.2.8 C3.ai
4.2.9 Davra
4.2.10 Device Insight
4.2.11 Eurotech
4.2.12 Exosite
4.2.13 Friendly Technologies
4.2.14 Google
4.2.15 Hitachi
4.2.16 IoTerop
4.2.17 Losant
4.2.18 Microsoft
4.2.19 Particle
4.2.20 Pelion (Arm)
4.2.21 PTC
4.2.22 Pycom
4.2.23 Relayr
4.2.24 SAP
4.2.25 Sierra Wireless
4.2.26 Software AG
4.2.27 Taoglas
4.2.28 Telit
4.2.29 Tuya
4.2.30 Waylay

5. Glossary



Executive Summary

IoT platforms provide developers with tools to connect and manage devices and integrate collected data into various applications and services. These platforms are intended to reduce the cost and development time for IoT solutions by providing standardised components that enterprises can build upon. Broadly speaking, most IoT platforms fall into one of the following three categories: connectivity management platforms, device management platforms and application enablement platforms.

Connectivity management platforms (CMPs) allow mobile operators to support their enterprise customers by providing functionality for provisioning, subscription management, cost monitoring and event management. About 67 percent of the global installed base of 1.74 billion IoT SIMs were managed using commercial connectivity management platforms (CMPs) at the end of 2020. Huawei is the leading IoT CMP vendor in terms of volume with close ties to the domestic operator's China Mobile and China Telecom and managed over 900 million IoT SIMs in Q2-2021. Whale Cloud, formerly known as ZTEsoft and partly owned by Alibaba Group since 2018, is the runner up on the Chinese market. Cisco is the dominant IoT CMP vendor outside of China with about 180 million connections in mid-2021, followed by Vodafone and Ericsson.

Several players have entered the IoT CMP market in recent years. Mavoco delivers the IoT CMP of Nokia’s WING offering, a managed service leveraging a global core network. Similarly, EMnify’s and floLIVE’s product concepts encompass IoT CMPs and distributed core networks deployed in key countries and regions. 1NCE provides an IoT CMP offering since mid-2019 for third-party service providers that want to address high-volume, low bandwidth use cases. Addressing enterprise pain points related to multi-platform SIM deployments, IoTM provides a bring-your-own MNO platform, enabling the management of large-scale SIM deployments through integrations with third-party CMPs. IoT CMPs are also a key component in the value proposition from IoT managed service providers such as Aeris, KORE, Wireless Logic, Cubic Telecom and Sierra Wireless.

The market for IoT device management and application enablement platforms is in a stage of transformation, driven by investments from the major cloud service providers Microsoft, AWS, Google and Alibaba. While IoT platform vendors have always had strengths and weaknesses, recent developments have led many vendors to re-align their solutions with a renewed focus on core capabilities. In many cases, vendors that have built IoT platforms on public cloud infrastructure are transitioning to provide higher-level building blocks that can be used as a starting point when building solutions and even end-to-end solutions for specific use cases. The trend has accelerated in 2020–2021 as a number of major industrial software vendors exited the IoT platforms market.

IoT platform providers span from start-ups to major technology companies, device makers and industrial software vendors. In the industrial sector, PTC continues to expand, leveraging its strategic alliances with Rockwell Automation and Microsoft. Both Microsoft and AWS have recently put efforts into providing more capabilities for edge devices while extending their reach into the industrial markets. Asset-heavy companies like Hitachi leverage their expertise in both the operational technology and information technology domains to help customers increase asset performance and process efficiency. Important IoT platform providers with high involvement in the industrial sector further include the vendors Altair Engineering, Davra, Device Insight, Eurotech, Exosite, Losant, Relayr, Software AG and Waylay.

A varying degree of system integration is however still required to build and deploy an IoT solution. While large customers typically have the capabilities to integrate devices into their system architecture in-house, small and medium-sized firms turn to system integrators when investing in IoT solutions. To address this gap in the market, a group of vendors have developed full-stack IoT platforms, spanning hardware, embedded operating systems, platform services and applications. These solutions are designed to provide an integrated set of customisable building blocks to shorten the journey from prototyping to deployment. Tuya has emerged as the most prominent full-stack IoT platform vendor with a strong presence in the consumer electronics market. Other vendors with similar product concepts are Twilio that acquired Electric Imp in mid-2020, as well as Particle, Ayla Networks, Pycom and Taoglas. The publisher's estimates that the market for commercial device management and application enablement platforms amounted to US$ 2.6 billion in 2020. Growing at a CAGR of 28 percent, the market value is expected to reach US$ 9.0 billion in 2025.

Companies Mentioned

A selection of companies mentioned in this report includes:

  • Alibaba Group
  • Altair Engineering
  • Amazon
  • Amplía
  • AVSystem
  • Axonize
  • Ayla Networks
  • C3.ai
  • Davra
  • Device Insight
  • Eurotech
  • Exosite
  • Friendly Technologies
  • Google
  • Hitachi
  • IoTerop
  • Losant
  • Microsoft
  • Particle
  • Pelion (Arm)
  • PTC
  • Pycom
  • Relayr
  • SAP
  • Sierra Wireless
  • Software AG
  • Taoglas
  • Telit
  • Tuya
  • Waylay


The Internet of Things is very diverse. There are hundreds of different use cases, each with different dynamics. The starting point is to segment the market.

The analyst begins with a number of sectors: Automotive, Cities, Health, Industry, Home, Industrial, Energy, Retail and Consumer Electronics. Each of these sectors breaks down into a number of applications. In total across all sectors, the analyst examines around 150 separate applications. It is at this application level that they generate their IoT forecast. The analyst builds reliable data bottom-up. They take into consideration the current adoption rate, regulations, demographics, vertical-specific statistics, value chain structure, etc.

The rigorous data collection methods are based on first-hand and secondary sources. The analyst conducts many hundreds of executive interviews on a yearly basis with companies from all parts of the IoT value chain. They talk to on a regular basis all major mobile operator groups and regulators as well as the chipset, module, and terminal vendors. They also interview many companies in each of the vertical markets.