A whitepaper released by industry trade organisation 5G Americas delves into how the IoT and 5G will 'create our connected future'.
The whitepaper explains how standards body 3GPP has been helping to future-proof the cellular technology which is expected to underpin massive IoT deployments (defined as at least one million devices per kilometre).
No organisation wants to be responsible for having to replace the batteries of such large deployments on a frequent basis, so the 5G networks are expected to be efficient and support ultra-low-power devices with over ten years' battery life.
Furthermore, in some verticals more than others - such as smart factories and future roadside infrastructure to support driverless cars - reliability is paramount. Such deployments are defined as "Critical IoT" and the 3GPP has created the Ultra-Reliable Low Latency Communications (URLLC) radio and architecture to support them.
Chris Pearson, President of 5G Americas, comments:
"The growth path for IoT has been immense and it is easy to recognise it all around " in cities, vehicles, industries, and communities.
Vicki Livingston, VP of Communications at 5G Americas and an author of the whitepaper, said:
"The future-proofing and delivery of IoT becomes essential as networks transform from 4G to 5G.
In 2019, we are seeing the early deployment of 5G networks. However, LTE IoT will continue to evolve over coming years, leveraging the scale, longevity and global coverage of LTE networks and complement initial 5G New Radio deployments that focus on enhanced mobile broadband and high-performance IoT.
Continued LTE evolution is an integral part of the 5G platform - a unified, more capable connectivity fabric for our future."
In these transformative times, a flexible system of transformational technology such as 5G can provide the infrastructural foundation for the expanding demands coming in the form of not only more devices but also specialised devices with varying performance requirements."
The whitepaper highlights there are currently 56 LTE NB-IoT networks live around the world. Based on the 3GPP standard, these networks deliver enhanced indoor coverage, ensure minimal power consumption, and have a low delay. 24 networks support LTE-M which offers similar benefits while allowing the reuse of an existing LTE installed base.
Members of 5G Americas include heavyweights across the telecoms industry such as Nokia, Ericsson, Cisco, AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, Qualcomm, and Samsung. The influential group aims to foster the advancement and full capabilities of LTE wireless technologies and their evolution to 5G.
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