Why IoT needs IPX
The Internet of Things is driving a lot of IPX conversations at the moment. Ericsson may have downgraded their forecast from 50 billion to 26 billion connected devices by 2020 – but that’s still a lot of billions – and it’s already 2016.
For mobile operators, the opportunity is huge. But it comes with some pretty big challenges. For starters, it will mean a shift from ARPU to subscription-based billing models. Moving from high-revenue, low-volume to low-revenue, high-volume is going to take serious economy of scale. That’s where IPX comes in. There are some operators and integrators who think existing network technologies such as GRX or IP are enough – but they’re missing something. Sure it might work on a small scale, but not at the scale or complexity (for example application tolerances) that IoT promises. IPX offers not just the scalability, but also the signaling functionality to make cross-border IoT traffic manageable.
The next challenge is security. It’s one thing to have your data hacked, but what happens when your connected car gets hacked – while you’re driving it?! IoT means real consequences in the real world. There’s simply too much at stake for “best effort” connectivity. The fact that IPX is completely separate from the public Internet means mobile operators can keep IoT traffic safe and their reputations shiny.
And last, but by no means least, there is the matter of reliability. Take the example of a connected car again. When it is interacting with other cars, with the road itself and with other connected devices all around; connectivity simply can’t go down. When the car’s device management platform is on the other side of the world, it puts a lot of pressure on connectivity. That’s where IPX is ideal. By limiting to two hops, the chance of something going wrong is minimized. Better yet, do it in one.
Our IoT backbone can provide one-hop connectivity between mobile operators and device management platforms all over the world. That’s why it is known as the Backbone of the Internet for Things.