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How 5G Will Help Advance IoT Technologies

There has been much discussion recently about 5G, or the fifth generation of mobile communication networks. As each new generation arrives, more capabilities and faster connections come along with them. Benefits are forecasted to include:

– Better Connectivity: 5G cell towers will have increased connectivity over the 4G/LTE towers, which means that more devices can connect at the same time.

– Reduced Latency: 5G will drastically reduce lag time or delays in data being sent and received.

– Faster Connection: 5G speeds are predicted to be about 10x faster than is now possible with 4G connections.

Businesses and device users are excited about the possibilities, which are set to expand throughout 2019 and 2020. One of the most significant benefits of 5G connection is the impact it has on the Internet of Things (IoT).

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The Impact of 5G on IoT

Currently, a substantial challenge for IoT technologies is disconnected systems. 5G’s ability to transmit data faster and support more connections at once will help address this challenge and simplify connected device management.

Furthermore, 5G will be able to process data quickly, which has been a challenge for IoT solutions using 4G/LTE networks. The result has been long lag times from when data is sent to when it’s received. By using the 5G network, more devices can transmit more data at the same time without fear of overcrowding the network, which would previously result in delays.

The 5G connection will allow everyone to realize the power of IoT technology. As of now, the potential of IoT is vast, but with 5G technology, the potential connectedness will come to fruition. “Smart” devices will be able to transmit data quickly even from thousands of miles away using sensors. The implications are endless on an individual, business, and municipal scale. The “smart” city can become a reality with both local businesses and residents reaping the rewards.

The 5G connection will reach the “unreachable” places such as remote, far away areas or deep underground tunnels. With sensors then placed in these regions, people can be alerted to emergencies such as fires or floods, and workers in these locations can remain safely connected.

For businesses investing in IoT technology or creating IoT-based platforms, 5G will make many of the desired specifications a possibility. Better connectivity, reduced latency, and a faster connection mean more people can transmit more data at the same time. Given that, businesses and developers can expand IoT technologies continuously without the worry of disconnected systems which has thus far held back IoT innovation. 5G will aid the expansion of IoT solutions, which will benefit everyone.

Case Study: IoT is redefining the customer experience. Nokia case study.

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