In a world increasingly revolving around connectivity and smart technologies, mobile networks are crucial. 4G and 5G are the latest generations of mobile networks, and each has its own features and advantages. While 5G is promising with its faster speeds and lower latency, there is a strong foothold for using 4G technology in certain telematics, machine-to-machine (M2M) or Internet of Things (IoT) applications, such as fleet management and asset tracking. In this blog, we explain why we choose 4G.
4G, or fourth generation, has transformed the way we communicate and share data on mobile. It offers significant speed improvements over previous generations, enabling media streaming, online gaming and other data-rich activities. It is widely used for smartphones and mobile broadband applications.
5G, or fifth generation, promises to revolutionise wireless communications. With much higher data rates and extremely low data transmission latency (latency). With this, 5G opens the door to advanced applications, such as self-driving cars, augmented reality and complicated industrial automation. It is designed to support a huge number of devices simultaneously; which is crucial for the growth of IoT you might say.
While 5G is promising, using 4G technology makes more sense for M2M and IoT applications, especially in view of future developments:
1. Stability and Reliability: Since 4G technology has been in use for some time, the networks are stable and reliable. For critical applications where consistent connectivity is vital, 4G's proven reliability is a decisive factor.
2. Infrastructure: The implementation of 5G requires significant investments from telecom providers, such as new 5G transmission towers and equipment. At present, coverage is therefore not yet widespread. The 4G infrastructure is already established and thus has guaranteed coverage.
3. Energy consumption: For certain IoT devices, such as sensors or RFID Tags that run on batteries, energy efficiency can be crucial. 4G technology consumes less energy than 5G, extending the life of battery-powered devices.
4. Application requirements: Not all M2M and IoT applications need the high speeds and low latency offered by 5G. Many applications, such as track and trace devices, smart meters, surveillance cameras and asset tracking, can operate fine on 4G networks without performance limitations.
4G technology is thus the best alternative to 2G. We assume we will use 4G for as long as we used 2G, which is almost 30 years. So the switch from 2G to 4G is a future-proof investment that offers a lot of additional possibilities.
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