Net Neutrality in the world of IoT

By Mika Skarp

The Internet of Things is the next big promising development of the networking world. In the world of IoT, automation increases productivity to a new level in the same way Internet has raised the productivity in our offices. In the office world, Net Neutrality has created a phenomenon called Over The Top (OTT), the distribution of media over the Internet without the control of a multiple-system operator, which has been used especially in the entertainment business. The question is, what effects will Net Neutrality have on IoT?

The IoT world requires much more reliable networks than our existing mobile infrastructure can provide. Users frequently have to reload a page or wait an additional minute for an email to arrive. For the use with machines, the bit stream needs to be constant in order to ensure a safe operation. This reliability feature calls for a large investment if a special network is required. Luckily, we can provide reliable connections from regular mobile networks using our Cloudstreet technology.  This helps solve the cost issue, which is another mandatory factor in the IoT world in addition to the reliability of service. 

Cloudstreet technology is based on the Quality of Service (QoS) features of mobile networks. From the perspective of Net Neutrality, the point is to provide QoS feature sets to IoT developers and let them use mobile networks as they have been designed. It is important that all different QoS parameters are organized to ease the use of profiles. Net Neutrality in this context means that profiles are provided to developers on equal terms.  Under these circumstances, only the sky is the limit for IoT innovation. Many IoT competitions and hackathons around the world already give us an impression of this massive potential.