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How IOT, 5G, And Edge Computing Are Changing The Wireless Landscape

  • IOT is driving the need for new networks and computing on the edge.
  • 5G models are varied and flexible; expect companies to compete based on their ingenuity in implementing them.
  • 5G is important to low-latency, high-bandwidth applications, but competitors such as LoRa may dominate smart homes and other low-bandwidth uses.
  • Edge computing will enable autonomous driving and the empowered mobile workforce.
  • Competition will determine who wins the new network race, and I expect some surprising candidates will emerge for your investment dollar.

I recently attended the NextGen Wireless Networks Summit in Dallas, where executives discussed their upcoming plans for their networks. I have come away from the conference with a lot to share about the upcoming 5G and Edge Computing initiatives and how the various network players are aligning themselves in the space. Let’s get into the details and see who is doing what.

Multiple Paths to Internet of Things (IOT)

5G wireless service has been heralded as a game changer in the wireless industry for the speed and connectivity model it proposes. The ideal model for 5G is connecting thousands of IOT and mobile devices together in dense urban areas. Use cases include increasing the multimedia experience for retail wireless users in addition to helping businesses solve their automation and data monitoring challenges for warehouse, workflow, and industrial equipment.

5G has also been billed as a solution for the connected smart home, though some of the industry experts I talked to challenged the viability of applying 5G in that use case. Where 5G promises both high bandwidth and low latency, smart home equipment like temperature sensors work just fine in the kbps speed range and aren’t largely latency dependent. – Seeking Alpha

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