5G IoT Module Models: A Niche for IoT as 4G Continues to Lead the Way…For Now

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By Harriet Sumnall | 1Q 2022 | IN-6428

 

IoT Connectivity Is Shaping Up

NEWS


Over 60% of the available IoT modules available at market are supporting 4G technology; the other 40% is made up of 2G, 3G, LPWA, and 5G. Out of the 1,000-plus modules catalogued, only 45 support 5G technology. Although there are plenty of 2G and 3G modules, it is unlikely that any new modules supporting these technologies will be made since the sunset of these networks is due to take place.

Why Is 4G So Popular?

IMPACT


4G technology has matured and is available worldwide. This is one of the reasons why LTE is generally the preferred technology for IoT solutions in comparison with cellular LPWA technologies (e.g., Narrowband- [NB-] IoT and LTE for Machines [LTE-M]) and with 5G where network rollouts are currently still in progress. With LTE infrastructure already in place, 4G also offers an easier option for connectivity as the network itself doesn’t need to be deployed—unlike some proprietary networks

4G will continue to offer connectivity throughout the IoT space, even as 5G matures and finds its place. As new 5G stand…

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