AT&T is changing gears with Internet of Things and connected cars.

AT&T consolidates all IoT and linked car functions under AT&T Connected Solutions and reorganizes some internal processes.

Automotive has become more software-defined, switching from 4G to 5G. A corporate spokesman claims that the change is in response to how quickly the automobile sector is evolving. OEMs are being pushed to reconsider their current assumptions about the future of connections.

As part of the newly created Emerging Businesses division under the Corporate Strategy and Development organization, industry veteran Cameron Coursey will oversee AT&T Connected Solutions in an interim capacity and report to Thaddeus Arroyo, chief strategy and development officer.

The objective is to strengthen the momentum AT&T has developed in the IoT market over time. In this market, AT&T is usually regarded as the primary U.S. wireless carrier to beat, particularly when it comes to automobiles. It has “more roads and highways than any other provider” and claims to have approximately 60 million wholesale-linked cars on its network.

According to Coursey, AT&T had a specialized IoT team for more than ten years, which “helped bring us to the strong market position we have today.” They included IoT roles in several business operations a few years ago, and they’re now “eager to bring it all back together to drive our next decade of success.”

Since AT&T shut down its 3G network last year, its IoT connections now run on 4G and 5G. According to AT&T, the adoption of 5G is increasing as “we continue to deliver an advanced 5G network with new features and excellent performance,” and the ecosystem of 5G devices develops. He did not specify a timeframe for when AT&T anticipates that most IoT connections will be 5G.

Asked how 5G IoT will be different from previous generations, he said there’s a tremendous growth trajectory heading into the 5G era, with Juniper Research predicting 5G-based IoT connections will reach 116 million globally by 2026.

He responded that there is a strong growth trajectory heading into the 5G era, with Juniper Research projecting that 5G-based IoT connections will reach 116 million globally by 2026 when asked how 5G IoT will differ from earlier generations.

Opportunities abound in industries like transportation, where software-defined cars and 5G Stand-alone (SA) core will enable more sophisticated, mission-critical use cases like connected EV charging stations and vehicle-to-vehicle communications.


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