Speed (in terms of both lower latency and increased data rates) is perhaps the most appreciated feature of the next-generation cellular technologies collectively termed 5G. However, speed is not the only game-changing aspect of 5G compared to the previous generations of cellular technology. This is also the first cellular generation where machine-to-machine communication is designed into the architecture, unleashing powerful new opportunities for manufacturers entering the Internet of Things (IoT) market.
With Opportunities, Come Challenges
As with all technologies, the advantages do come with challenges. While not insurmountable, there are important factors to consider that include increased complexity and unique engineering design challenges. Specifically, these challenges include: