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There are 9 billion connected devices at present and by 2020 that number is going to explode to 24 billion devices, according to new statistics released by GSMA. The total number of mobile connected devices doubles from 6 billion today to 12 billion by 2020.

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As we mentioned earlier this week, there are 9 billion connected devices at present, and by 2020, that number is going to explode to 24 billion devices, according to new statistics released by GSMA, the global mobile industry trade group. The total number of mobile connected devices will double from 6 billion today to 12 billion by 2020, GSMA says. This explosive growth will support an addressable revenue opportunity for mobile operators of nearly $1.2 trillion by 2020, a sevenfold increase from expected revenues in 2011.

What does this Internet of things really mean? More connected televisions, cars, DVD players, photo frames and of course tablets and smartphones. This is a profound shift, and its implications are going to have an impact on every aspect of our society. We are going to be discussing the impact of this “connectedness” with the folks who are inventing this connected future — folks like Twitter’s Jack Dorsey — at our upcoming conference, RoadMap, scheduled to be held on Nov. 10 in San Francisco.

Check out the GSMA’s data on connected devices in this infographic:


  1. good thing for ipv6 :D

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    1. Assuming ISPs roll it out instead of sticking users behind NAT444 (multiple layers of NAT).

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  2. DVD Players?

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  3. Ionela Craciun Friday, October 14, 2011

    Internet of things is a new revolution of the Network. The objects become recognizable and acquire intelligence by connecting to the Net. Make a simple research on google, and you’ll find a plenty of embedded platform fot IoT. For my projects, I chose openpicus embedded platform. A standalone platform for embedded applications to interact via web, email or messages with simple sensors or complex electronic equipment.

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  4. Dave Lacinski Friday, October 14, 2011

    This revolution, as Om described it, fundamentally changes the way we live, work and play. As a part of Texas Instruments Wireless Connectivity Solutions business, I am not only excited to be one of the 20B conenctions but also to provide technology that enables developers to come up with the applications and use cases that haven’t even been thought of today. It will be an exciting ride!

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  5. I am a thing that has been interconnected for a while. The things that this thing (me) interacts with will now answer to other things and some of those things will be things like me. Also some of those things like me will have things that interact with my things. At some point some of these things controlled by multiple things will begin to control itself more than it is controlled by things. Things other than things like me will have motivations. But these things will not have desires. They are not that kind of thing.

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  6. We’re building the cloud services for internet connected video cams. Always on. Always monitoring. Always recording.

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  7. Whats new for 2012 ??
    GPS ?

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  8. Internet of things will have 24 billion devices by 2020 http://t.co/zxDelQvc

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  9. Internet of things will have 24 billion devices by 2020 | http://t.co/yGtboLEM

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  10. RT @patdash7: RT @JakobGardnersti: Internet of things will have 24 billion devices by 2020 – GigaOm http://t.co/210jH5LL

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