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5G will embolden IoT, but LTE supports variety of use cases

September 1, 2017

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Many industry watchers, including me, have referred to massive-scale internet of things (IoT) as the killer app for forthcoming 5G mobile networks. But that doesn’t mean advanced internet of things use cases including drone-based services won’t be viable until 5G is standardized and commercialized. Qualcomm, which spent months using commercial LTE networks to control unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).

Similarly, to support connected devices at scale, 3GPP included in its Release 13 specifications for LTE-based connectivity with narrowband IoT (NB-IoT) and eMTC, enhanced machine-type communication or, more commonly, LTE-M.

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