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The Future of Mobile Networks for IoT Connectivity: LPWA and 5G

The Future of Mobile Networks for IoT Connectivity: LPWA and 5G

Mobile networks have primarily been developed to support the connectivity requirements of mobile phones. "However," says John Delaney, IDC Europe's Associate Vice President of Mobility Research, "the Internet of Things [IoT] is giving rise to a growing set of applications and devices that require very different things from the network." This report provides an overview of technologies that are aimed at making mobile networks more suitable for IoT devices and applications. In particular, it assesses low-power/wide-area (LPWA) upgrades for mobile networks and the IoT-focused capabilities of the forthcoming fifth generation (5G) mobile networks.

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IDC Opinion
In This Study
Situation Overview
IoT Devices and Smartphones Need Different Things from Mobile Networks
LPWA Upgrades for 4G Networks
Cellular Will Increasingly be the Preferred Solution for LPWA Connectivity
Future Outlook
5G Will Further Expand the Scope and Scale of Mobile for IoT
New Capabilities That 5G Will Bring to Mobile Networks
Data Rate and Capacity
Lower Latency
Denser Connectivity
Network Slicing is a Key Characteristic of 5G Networks
5G Will Enable New Use Cases and Larger Scale for IoT Connectivity — But Probably Not at the Outset
IoT Capabilities in 5G Need More Than a New Air Interface
Timeline for 5G and in Europe
Commercial 5G Will Get Under Way in Europe from 2020
Operator Views on 5G timeline and IoT Capabilities
Essential Guidance
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