5G Continues as a Niche for IoT, but Qualcomm is Leading the Way

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By Harriet Sumnall | 2Q 2022 | IN-6503


The 5G Market and the Hardware Options are Growing


ABI Research’s Internet of Things (IoT) Cellular Module Model tracker displays data of cellular module models from 54 IoT module vendors, now including the chipset modem information where applicable. It is no myth that 5G is currently a niche for connectivity for IoT at this moment in time, but this is not due to the lack of hardware available. In the last six months, the 5G supporting module models, specifically sub-6GHz supporting modules, have increased from 45 to 74 across the collection of vendors that ABI Research monitors. Out of the 74 5G ready modules, 58 are based upon a Qualcomm chipset modem.

4G is Still Superior Over the New 5G


Presently, for the IoT market, 5G connectivity is considered a niche area since 4G is continuing to be the most-commonly supported cellular technology for IoT. The readily available infrastructures and the range of bandwidths available are two of the contributing factors as to why 4G is still the most-commonly supported cellular technology for the IoT, represented by…

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