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Why Internet of Things will be the centrepiece of the 5G era?

The power of 5G will be in unleashing connectivity among the unconnected and 'unconnected' will not primarily mean people

Faisal Kawoosa | IANS 

Why Internet of Things will be the centrepiece of the 5G era?

The era of of mobile networks will not simply be about more throughput and speeds.These are obvious outcomes.The real power of will be in unleashing connectivity among the unconnected — and "unconnected" will not primarily mean people. will not be providing solutions to reach out to the lowest strata of society that remains to be "connected". So, do not expect to help widen the user base.

The essence of is about creating a mesh between humans and things. While it will continue to enhance the communication experiences of humans with humans, the main focus of the will be on creating channels of communication for things-to-things and humans-to-things. This is why the (IoT) is the centrepiece of the era.

There is already a lot of literature from creators like Qualcomm, Ericsson and on the characteristics of as well as And India too will follow the global trend where the initial implementation will mean integrating and connecting objects with humans.

will undeniably retain their relevance in the era. They will remain the default interface between humans and the connected environment around. However, what will excite the entire value chain, in terms of displaying of innovations, business opportunities and creating value out of the communications infrastructure, will predominantly be other connected and smart devices and gadgets.

This will trigger an upgrade in terms of specifications of so that users actually use the embedded in the infrastructure and other bits. What will excite everyone down the value chain will be the integration of and intelligence running over it through (AI) and other such interventions.

This will mean greater excitement around the launch and display of what is referred to as "ConnectedX" (a bouquet of devices that would get connected in due course of time).

In the Indian context, have been exciting the market for around a decade now. However, in the coming decade, alone will not steal the limelight. There will be more connected devices and gadget — including some that we have not even visualised yet — and all of them will be propelled by the underlying power.

This means that companies showcasing solutions around based on 4G connectivity will actually have to speed up to launch their 5G-based solutions in the next couple of years.

We saw the trend eventually leading to 4G and becoming the default cellular connectivity in just a span of three years; it is highly likely that "IoTification" will predominantly happen through 5G, and 4G connectivity may remain relevant for just a couple of years in that era.

While the media and other channels of promotion in future will not see the same interest in the launch of smartphones, the ecosystem in India — especially home-grown handset makers — have to align their strategic roadmap to remain in the business for the next decade.

The R&D capabilities of these brands in were limited and restricted. However, it is time for them to prepare for the long-haul and get set for the coming opportunity.
 


(Faisal Kawoosa is the General Manager-Research & Consulting with CyberMedia Research. His core areas of research include Telecommunications and ESDM. The views expressed here are personal. He can be contacted at releases@cmrindia.com)

First Published: Wed, October 04 2017. 15:00 IST
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