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5G Turns Wireless Service Providers into Indispensable Players in the IoT

January 15, 2019 / Chris Menier

2019 is going to be a very important year for the Internet of Things (IoT) environment. Not only are we seeing an explosion of new use cases emerge across almost every sector of the economy, but we are also seeing ideas that were put into the market only a few years ago mature into critical business requirements for their implementers. IoT is no longer just in the lab; it is in the market in very important ways. The planned deployments of 5G services by network service providers around the world, however, are going to serve as an important accelerator that will exponentially increase the capacity and reach of IoT applications, but also promise to significantly reduce the cost of deployments. In short, the emergence of 5G this year will launch the “true” mainstreaming of IoT in the global digital economy.