T-Mobile and the Future of IoT with 5G


5G is a hyper-crucial component driving the future of many industries – from telcos to healthcare, from transportation to smart cities – the list is extensive. Eventually, this will underpin the global economy.

Today, to discuss 5G networks and how they support technologies within IoT, speaker Annette Williams took the stage at IoT Evolution Expo 2023, held at the Broward County Convention Center in Fort Lauderdale, FL.

Annette Williams, Director of Product Management at T-Mobile, explained how we are more 5G-ready in IoT – right now – than we may realize.

She began with a quick anecdote about her family summers many years back; she would walk through soybean fields with a machete, chopping away at the crops.

She loathed that job.

Now, autonomous tractors with optimized equipment (made to kill weeds and both harvest and preserve the crops) are readily available.

And yet, Williams wasn’t upset that her former job has become automated. In her mind, it wasn’t for naught. It means that we’re now in the midst of a marvelously innovative time.

And Williams couldn’t be happier about that progress.

At T-Mobile, as Williams described, 5G brings increased speed and decreased latency, but it’s more than that. IoT sectors now demand 5G. Businesses can take their entire operations online and digitally transform them with the confidence that their devices will connect nationwide. (In warehouses, throughout rural America, in highly dense populations and elsewhere.)

T-Mobile’s 5G-led disruptive solutions allow businesses to outpace their competitors, as proven by year-over-year increases of roughly 28.7%, in terms of how 5G supports critical data processes.

“5G enables flexible scalability,” Williams said. “What you need today and what you’ll need in the future will be different. Businesses thrive with ubiquitous connectivity. T-Mobile 5G provides that so they – and their agile partners – can grow together.”

T-Mobile covers 323 million people with Extended Range 5G and 260 million people and their devices with Ultra Capacity 5G. A great (and recent) example of this grand-scale coverage was at this year’s Super Bowl LVII. With rolled-out expanded capacity for fans and workers in attendance, everyone had full access to video chat and streaming while in the stadium. (And with ease.) Capacity was extended ten times over, and those are now permanent upgrades in the Glendale, AZ area.

In more IoT use cases, T-Mobile eliminates the LTE anchor and enables huge volumes of devices to connect globally with other technologies. Williams’ example of this included Advanced Network Services (or ANS), network slicing, intuitive consumer apps and more.

“T-Mobile,” Williams said, “can provide business value because it’s uniquely positioned to support customers in IoT. And even if industries or IoT adopters are resistant to change at first, they eventually see that innovating for their customers and tapping into the power of 5G come as a packaged deal when receiving T-Mobile support.”

Edited by Alex Passett
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