At the last Mobile World Congress (MWC) conference in Barcelona, one term was the veritable star of the show: 5G connectivity.
The next generation of mobile coverage promises lightning-fast download speeds, instant connections and the reliability needed to sustain data-intensive activities like 4k gaming and high-definition VR streaming.
And while 5G is only meant to start rolling out in 2019, many mobile manufacturers have already signed up to use the 5G-ready Qualcomm X50 chip in their next generation of smartphones — allowing for data transfer speeds of 4.51 gigabits per second.
In addition to faster download speeds, a 5G entails a significant boost in latency. While a 4G phone takes around 50 milliseconds to access and swap information from the cloud, a 5G device can do so in under 1 millisecond. And because this is faster than our eyes can actually process information, any activity conducted over a 5G network will be perceived as instant.
Cellular connectivity is driving the evolution of M2M
The biggest impact of 5G connectivity won’t only affect the realm of smartphones. The Internet of Things (IoT) and Machine-to-Machine (M2M) infrastructure, for instance, have long been held back by the limited latency and download speeds of 4G. The more devices that are connected to a network and talking to each other, the bigger — and more noticeable — the cumulative impact of any latency will be.
As a result, 5G is set to drive progress across the IoT and M2M space. For instance, wearable technology will finally have the speed and bandwidth it needs to seamlessly blend in with users’ lives through augmented reality. Autonomous cars will also benefit significantly from being able to communicate with each other instantaneously.
From a business standpoint, there is already a push from consumers for companies to embrace IoT and M2M technology in their product and service offerings. With 5G connectivity, they will be able to do so easier, more reliably and with far greater results. Any industry that uses electronic machinery or equipment stands to benefit from the M2M applications of 5G, from transport and manufacturing to healthcare and education.
5G will increase the battery life of M2M devices
Another requirement of 5G connectivity involves low power consumption for the kind of devices used in M2M. Specifically, low power, machine-type devices must have a battery that can last ten years or more. Considering that 4G was introduced to the world around a decade ago in 2009, this will likely ensure that these devices are future-proof until the next generation of connectivity is unveiled.
Ultra-low power consumption and long-term reliability are both essential for the widespread application of M2M technology across industries. And thanks to 5G connectivity, this will soon be a reality. Connecting machinery and equipment to high-volume industrial networks will soon be considerably easier, cheaper and yield greater results than ever before.
The speed and reliability of 5G will have a massive impact on M2M and IoT. If you are interested in leveraging these technologies for business success in the coming decade, TERALINK Solutions is a reliable IoT Partner. Our tailored, end-to-end M2M connectivity services can help you add value to your products, services and business processes — without having to worry about high costs or downtime. To learn more, contact a TERALINK Solutions consultant today.