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IOT ACCESS TECHNOLOGIES: WEIGHING QUANTITY AGAINST QUALITY

Access technology is the most basic building block for the Internet of Things… and one of the most contested. Although most analysts feel that cellular technologies will only make up a small portion of overall IoT connections, a recent survey of almost 400 mobile industry participants showed cellular technologies – LTE-M, 5G, NB-IoT and even venerable GSM – listed among the most important access technologies going forward. What accounts for the discrepancy? Evolving thoughts on capabilities and requirements? The strength of standards-based approaches? Supply chain?
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