Berg Insight Predicts 5G IoT Will Appear Late 2020

May 28, 2019 Alix Paultre

Berg Insight reports that 5G will arrive in the IoT market by late 2020, with the first 5G cellular IoT modules becoming available to developers this year. By 2023, Berg Insight forecasts that 5G will account for just under 3 percent of the total installed base of cellular IoT devices.

According to Tobias Ryberg, Principal Analyst and author of the report, "Just like 4G when it was first introduced, the initial version of 5G is mostly about improving network performance and data capacity. This is only relevant for a smaller subset of high-bandwidth cellular IoT applications like connected cars, security cameras and industrial routers. The real commercial breakthrough will not happen until the massive machine type communication (mMTC) use case has been implemented in the standard."

mMTC is intended as an evolution of the LTE-M/NB-IoT enhancements to the 4G standard. Since NB-IoT has only just started to appear in commercial products, there is no immediate demand for a successor. The report identifies homeland security as an area where 5G cellular IoT can have a major impact, enabling the deployment of high-density networks of AI-supported security cameras to monitor anything from security-classified facilities to national borders or entire cities.

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