5G is evolution from 4G. 4G network technologies NB-IoT and LTE-M will continue to be the basic IoT technologies in the 5G era. 5G will multiply data transfer speed for users and reduce latency. The 5G services that will gradually become available in 2019 will enable connection speeds of over 1 gigabit per second for DNA customers. 5G will increase the use of network slicing, segregating the IoT devices into a dedicated virtual network that can be assigned a guaranteed capacity, known as Fixed Wireless Access (FWA).
As 5G standards develop, the 5G network will enable entirely new possibilities for IoT:
- Multi-Access Edge Computing (MEC) will enable real-time applications requiring very low latency and large amounts of bandwidth. MEC transfers network functionality to the edge of the customer’s network so that data is processed close to where users are located, faster and with better information security.
- Connecting very large numbers of devices to the network (Massive IoT)
- Ultra Reliable Low Latency Communication (URLLC), which is required for solutions such as automating factory processes, self-driving cars and remote surgery.