Promoting investment and innovation in the Internet of Things: Summary of responses and next steps

Published 27|01|15

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The Internet of Things (IoT) is set to enable large numbers of previously unconnected devices to communicate and share data with one another - its services span industries from agriculture and energy to transport, healthcare and much more, with the potential for significant benefits to citizens and consumers.There are already over 40 million devices connected via the IoT in the UK alone. This is forecast to grow more than eight-fold by 2022, with hundreds of millions of devices carrying out more than a billion daily data transactions.

Ofcom has identified several priority areas to help support the growth of the IoT. Following feedback from stakeholders in 2014, these areas include spectrum availability, data privacy, network security and resilience, and network addresses.

We will explore how we can support and work with Government, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), other regulators and industry to facilitate progress on these issues at both a national and international level.