Concerns of the IoT Network
With IoT assisting in building smart countries and providing ways to streamline work processes, there is a major concern regarding its coverage. The issue mainly stems from the fact that due to lack in wide area coverage of internet and low costs, the deployment of IoT, which although bears a lot of potential, is greatly limited.
The machine-to-machine run networks that are generally used today employ wired or cellular links which though easily available are extremely expensive. These expensive overheads in turn affect the profits of network service providers.
Another concern is that with new software development, people employing IoT networks don’t put too much attention to see if network is actually available in their area. Given the current scenario it may seem that cellular network is the only feasible option for a better coverage of IoT.
A few companies are trying to cash in on the inequality and have raised a substantial amount of money from private and public sources. The aim is to deploy the network to 30 US states within the next 18 months. However, there is a problem of going head on with FCC stipulations, which limits the 900 MHz networks. These networks can be tunneled into 400 millisecond transmissions, if deployed in urban scenarios.
Though this disruptive technology might be facing some initial bumps concerning coverage, by 2024 low power net companies may carry about 50 percent of the wide area IoT traffic.