3 Trends Wireless IoT Communication will Witness in 2020

By Telecom Tech Outlook | Wednesday, July 01, 2020

The year 2020 is expected to hit more IoT milestones, with the ever-increasing use of new wireless standards expanded upon new technologies. Read here three major trends IoT landscape may witness this year

FREMONT, CA: Wireless technology is overtaking almost everything. Gartner forecasted that the enterprise's internet of things (IoT) connections and the automotive market will increase by 21 percent from 2019, reaching an astounding 5.8 billion endpoints in 2020. The year 2020 is expected to hit more IoT milestones, with the ever-increasing use of new wireless standards expanded upon new technologies. With this, the radio resource challenge is also expected to rise, which can be addressed by the implementation of innovative approaches.

Here are three major trends IoT landscape may witness this year.

Wireless across all Verticals

With the significant improvements that wireless technologies made over the last few years like higher speed, lower latency, and higher quality of service, adoption of wireless technologies will continue to increase across all verticals. A wide variety of products have implemented and deployed it, and they are easily available for fast installation. Wireless solutions are becoming more and more essential in IoT use cases with challenging connectivity requirements for sensors and telemetry. Connected devices and sensors have become crucial enablers for back-end machine learning and AI solutions that largely rely on data availability and reliability.

Use of Software-defined Radio Technologies

Software-defined radio (SDR) is a radio frequency (RF) communication system where most signal processing works are done using software or firmware rather than dedicated radio chips. SDR-based technologies come with a number of benefits in terms of customization. Software upgrades at the gateways/base stations help in easy modifications or improvements in the wireless system functionality on existing and future off-the-shelf IT hardware. The SDR approach also allows the same hardware platform (i.e., IoT gateways) to support multiple radio protocols and frequency bands to simplify deployment. But, SDR may not be incorporated in all wireless solutions as it is an advanced radio technique that requires extensive software development.

Increase in Bandwidth Demand

The ever-increasing use of wireless devices will increase bandwidth usage by default. To meet this demand, the Federal Communications Commission has made an additional licensed wireless spectrum available for telecommunications services. Cellular carriers can now extend their network reach to most rural areas with nationwide 5G coverage as frequencies in the 600 MHz band are now available for 5G 'low-band' mode.

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