Draft BEREC Public Consultation on Internet of Things Indicators
The current report, for public consultation, is prepared as a result of a project outlined in BEREC’s Work Programme 2018, in which BEREC indicated that it would, in 2018, conduct an assessment on the type(s) of indicators that its constituent NRAs are collecting data for with regard to the IoT, as well as providing a more forward looking assessment with respect to what IoT indicators BEREC could look to collect data on, going forward, and why those indicators are important to BEREC.
Given the growth in the IoT, as evidenced by multiple studies and reports, and the consequential requirements for network resources, there is an ongoing and forward looking need for BEREC to reflect the importance of this sector in the work of BEREC. Depending on the outcome of the public consultation, BEREC could conduct further work, in future, to develop a harmonised set of indicators on the IoT for the purposes of benchmarking, and to provide a statistical overview of, the IoT landscape in Europe.
 For example, according to a 2015 study by European Commission, the number of IoT connections within the European Union (EU) is estimated to increase from approximately 2 million in 2013 to almost 6 billion in 2020.