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To competitively scale future IoT projects, you must build a baseline 5G capability—before it booms

Dec 5, 2019 Sam Duncan Josh Matthews

The internet of things (IoT) has already ingrained itself in businesses, homes, and people’s livesfrom the humble smartwatch to advanced industrial sensorsHowever, one of the IoT’s biggest hurdles remains in existing 4G infrastructure. 4G may sufficiently power your Alexa home assistant, but powering an entire smart city becomes problematic when autonomous vehicles or augmented reality need ultra-low latency to succeed for consumers en masseIf enterprises want to see their IoT projects scale competitively, they must recognize the benefits and necessity of 5G and build their baseline capability—before mass-rollout kickstarts.  

 

5G promises to facilitate approximately 1,000 times more connected devices per square kilometer, but realism is essential. This boom is not around the corner, and it will certainly not happen overnight. So, enterprises and all the IoT ecosystem players must prepare wisely to avoid getting stuck jostling for position or playing catch up when 5G infrastructure and IoT technology mature and combine into a long-awaited smart mega-market.  

 

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