How 5G and IoT will Shape Telecommunications in 2020

The next decade will bring many global changes. Markets are shifting focus as technology and the data it produces continue to take over all industries — remaining analogue isn’t even a consideration anymore. But how we’re transitioning into the latest evolution of the digital frontier is still being worked out.

We’re on the cusp of the fourth Industrial Revolution with the introduction of 5G set to massively accelerate technological development in the Internet of Things (IoT). With more 5G networks going live around the world, the next generation of wireless will fundamentally reshape business and consumerism across industries.

In the era of technology when things are changing in a rapid way, businesses are also running with pace to get the first position.

Here are five ways 5G will strengthen the IoT:

1- Higher Data Speeds

5G can reach speeds up to 10 times faster than its predecessor 4G in some cases.

2 – Lower Latency

5G will eventually cut latency in communications to as low as 1 millisecond (ms), down from about 50ms on 4G.

3 – Data Analytics

The evolution of data analytics will be majorly boosted by the arrival of 5G and enterprise will start to better understand the tangible benefits of increased processing capabilities.

4 – Increased IoT technology

5G will also quite literally provide the infrastructure to connect billions of additional devices to the internet without the fear of it all coming crashing down.

5 – Artificial Intelligence

5G networks will also provide higher data ranges through the use of various technologies such as directional antennas, millimetre wave RF and edge computing solutions.

Communications technology is key to a successful journey, from connecting an increasingly mobile and digital workforce to delivering a personalised and connected customer journey. By integrating the right technologies into your business processes, you can get started on the right foot.

With the benefits that transformational technologies – like the Internet of Things (IoT), 5G and new communications tools and smart connectivity – will bring to businesses, the workplace of the future promises to be connected, productive and exciting.

To find out more about 5G and IoT, and to help future-proof your business, contact Exchange Communications today on 0800 008 7600 or visit

Tom Sime, CEO, Exchange Communications

Tom Sime, CEO, Exchange Communications