5G tech to help mobile operators capitalise on IoT

IoT is expected to encompass 50bn network-connected elements by 2025, according to a news report by Telecom Lead. It adds that this connectivity will be “far-reaching, and will have significant impact on mobile networks … to enable completely new use cases, far beyond smartphone connectivity”

Mobile operators are seeking to leverage 5G networks to cater for growing Internet of Things applications facilitated by mobile network operators, according to Nokia Networks.

Head of Technology for Nokia Networks, India Region, Amit Marwah notes that the Internet of Things is expected to be “the next big thing in the mobile ecosystem”.

Mr Marwah stated this week that several services are envisioned for IoT, including utility meters, vending machines and applications on the automotive sector.

A new report by Telecom Lead says that mobile operators can leverage new, advanced cellular technology, like 5G, to surpass the “currently fragmented landscape of machine-to-machine connectivity”.

It adds that the Internet of Things is driving research and development in 5G mobile cellular networks, as IoT demands massive data consumption, as a result of thousands of sensors and connected devices.

5G & LTE-M

According to Marwah, 5G and LTE-M technology will assist mobile operators play a strong role in the IoT space. He goes on to say that LTE – the latest generation in LTE technology – will be integrated into 5G networks optimised for sensor networks.

He adds that LTE’s battery life spans more than 10 years and provides 15 dB additional (signal) coverage and minimal device costs.

“These technologies will also address operator needs for making use of new spectrum ranges, creating ultra-dense cell deployments, optimizing a network’s bandwidth utilisation and power efficiency.

“… [It will also assist in] managing the network’s operation through unified control of its multiple layers.”

He adds: “I believe that IoT will enable many new applications for use by consumers, businesses and the public sector. For eg, a smart home’s temperature sensors, window and heating controllers, burglar alarms and appliances will be connected to allow wireless management.

“5G will need to ensure energy efficiency, reduce unnecessary signalling and integrate the management of these diverse devices.”

Marwah concluded by saying that 5G technology will mean more than “just higher speed and greater data capacity.

“Operators should look into getting prepared for 5G –  grabbing as much spectrum as they can already today.”