IoT connectivity options post-3G sunsetting

How companies can migrate away from 3G effectively and efficiently

As we know, the sunset of 3G networks has very much become a reality. And although many companies will have been planning their pivot for some time, others will naturally be slightly behind. This change necessitates that companies all over the world re-evaluate their IoT connectivity options to ensure seamless operations and future-proof their systems. In this blog we’re going to look at some of the different alternatives available to companies in the wake of 3G network sunsetting.

Transition to 4GE LTE

One of the most straightforward options for companies currently using 3G for IoT connectivity is to migrate to 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) networks. 4G LTE offers faster speeds, lower latency, and enhanced capacity compared to its predecessor. This transition enables businesses to continue leveraging cellular connectivity for their IoT devices, ensuring smooth operations and reliable data transmission. Additionally, 4G LTE networks often provide improved coverage in remote areas, expanding the reach of IoT deployments.

Embrace NB-IoT and LTE-M

Narrowband IoT (NB-IoT) and LTE-M (Long Term Evolution for Machines) are low-power wide-area network (LPWAN) technologies specifically designed for IoT applications. These technologies offer extended coverage, improved battery life, and lower costs compared to traditional cellular networks. NB-IoT is ideal for stationary, low-bandwidth IoT devices, while LTE-M is suitable for devices requiring moderate mobility and higher bandwidth. Migrating to NB-IoT or LTE-M allows companies to optimise their IoT deployments for specific use cases, reducing power consumption and connectivity expenses.

Shift to 5G

While 5G networks are still in the early stages of deployment, they hold great promise for IoT connectivity. With significantly faster speeds, ultra-low latency, and massive device connectivity, 5G is set to transform the IoT landscape. As companies plan for the future, considering the migration to 5G can provide long-term benefits. 5G networks will enable more advanced IoT applications, such as autonomous vehicles, smart cities, and industrial automation. However, it’s important to note that 5G infrastructure is not yet as widespread as 4G, and coverage may vary across different regions.

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