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100 Billion Connected Devices Coming; U.S. Tops In Connectivity

The world is getting more connected.

Much of this is thanks to advancements in networking technology.

And much also is due to the massive introduction of new connected devices, which require fast and efficient networks so the information they accumulate can be shared in real time.

Many of these devices will be worn by consumers and be located in various parts of their homes.

This new connectivity will provide a host of innovative gateways for messaging from marketers to consumers.

And now a new lengthy and detailed global report just out is projecting that the number of connected devices will reach 100 billion by 2025.

Even if off by half, which is not likely, this will be an extraordinary number of connected devices.

The new Global Connectivity Index (GCI) by Chinese manufacturing giant Huawei is a measure of how 50 nations are progressing with digital transformation using information and communications technology. The 50 countries account for 90 percent of the global GDP and 78 percent of the global population.

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The report also includes survey results from 3,000 businesses across 10 verticals in 10 nations to establish their progress in digital transformation compared with the GCI performance of their nation.

The verticals surveyed included retail, banking, finance, securities, and insurance, education, government and healthcare.

The goal of the index is to benchmark 50 countries according to current levels of connectivity and digital transformation, and to act as a leading indicator for future digital development and growth.

In the overall measurement, the U.S. is in the lead spot. Here are the top 10 countries based on the global connectivity index:

  1. United States
  2. Singapore
  3. Sweden
  4. Switzerland
  5. United Kingdom
  6. Denmark
  7. South Korea
  8. Netherlands
  9. Japan
  10. Norway

The report pointed out that the U.S. is continuing to invest heavily in the Internet of Things, with the top applications being smart homes, wearables, smart cities, smart grids, connected cars, connected health and smart retail.

The connections are coming. And then the interactions can begin between connected devices and people.

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