Chinese Cellular IoT Modules: Countering the Threat

Chinese Cellular IoT Modules: Countering the Threat explores how Cellular IoT Modules – components at the heart of internet of things technology – are being used by the Chinese state to undermine our security, economy and privacy.  

The report outlines how China aims to monopolise the global supply of CIMs, the everyday technologies they are found in, and the strategic advantage they hand the Chinese state. 

This report was developed in conjunction with the Council on Geostrategy and was published in March 2024.

Report by Charles Parton. 

Charles Parton OBE spent 22 years of his 37-year diplomatic career working in or on China, Hong Kong and Taiwan. In 2017, he was chosen as the Foreign Affairs Select Committee’s Special Adviser on China. He is currently a Fellow at Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) and at the Mercator Institute for China Studies (MERICS), and an Associate Fellow in Indo-Pacific Geopolitics at the Council on Geostrategy. 

This report sets out the risks associated with the use of Cellular IoT modules whose provenance could be a threat to our security, our prosperity, our privacy and our human rights.