Though 5G is still in its initial stages, a steady increase in its usage has been observed worldwide. As of now, 5G is being rolled out only to priority geographies and it requires users mobile to have 5G support. Due to limitations of geography and mobile phone compatibility the 5G adoption has limited reach. 5G technology is not yet accessible to everyone. However, market experts strongly voice the view that within the ensuing three years, 5G is going to be the dominant network. By then, it would be easily available even for non-commercial use.
The rapid development of 5G networks is expected to lead to a simultaneous growth of IoT at the same pace. With 5G, connecting a huge volume of IoT devices, without impacting the device or system performance is easy to implement. Presently, it is seen with 4G, there is a limit on how many devices/ objects can be connected at a given time. And, the 5G technology is expected to remove this shortcoming and thus increase the capabilities of IoT solutions.
Why is 5G better for IoT than 4G?
Till now, the technology of IoT has been unable to realize its full potential, chiefly due to the limitations of the prevalent 4G networks. Here, we need to note that 4G was introduced majorly to give more advantages to smartphones. It’s a smartphone-centric technology. But 5G has moved way ahead of that and focused on providing simplified Internet access to all devices used in daily life, along with smartphones.
Expected changes in IoT through 5G
Increased usage of 5G is going to revolutionize IoT technology, and several positive changes will be witnessed. Now it won’t be inappropriate to succinctly speak about the most paramount of those anticipated changes.
- IoT devices would be assured of faster Internet connectivity, and that too with enhanced security. One of the features of a typical 5G network is that it outperforms 4G, in terms of safeguarding devices from cyber threats.
- Due to improvements in IoT technologies resulting from 5G, inspecting and monitoring from distant locations will no longer be complex issues. In fact, managing things from faraway places shall become a routine thing for large-scale organizations/ plants.
- The 5G- enabled IoT technology is going to be a game changer for the healthcare sector. With quicker access to updated patient details, doctors can promptly begin/ modify the treatment. This aspect is highly crucial for the safety of patients suffering from serious medical conditions.
- When dependency on 5G is going to become more extensive, IoT devices will be in a better position to benefit from Edge Computing. And, once businesses begin to make use of Edge Computing for IoT devices, they gain access to accurate data generated in real-time. This is of immense value for taking the most appropriate decisions, losing no time. When organizations can achieve that objective, the long-term growth of business shall be automatic!
- As the presence of 5G widens, businesses shall start to focus more on regularly subjecting their IoT devices to stringent testing. Frequent testing will become commonplace. This is to ensure that there is no interruption in seamless communications between an organization and its customers.
Given the tremendous speed at which 5G is expanding, the concept of “a worldwide IoT network,” is very much likely to become a reality. It can be said that IoT technology has been awaiting 5G for quite some time now. Based on present trends, there isn’t any doubt in saying that this wait is nearing its end.