Analysts expect strong growth in 5G and Industrial IoT
Bolstered by the continued development of next generation 5G mobile networks, industrial automation is expected to see strong adoption as the internet of things (IoT) takes shape. In a pair of new reports, analysts detail expectations for strong market growth in 5G and Industrial IoT.
5G technology to reach 24 million subscribers globally by the end of 2021 with the U.S., Japan, China and Korea expected to be most advanced market
A new study from Ovum finds North America and Asia will each account for more than 40% of global 5G subscriptions at the end of 2021, followed by Europe with more than 10% of overall 5G subscriptions, with the Middle East and Africa accounting for the remainder.
According to the consultancy firm, 5G networks will be commercially available in more than 20 markets by the end of 2021. Ovum estimates that the majority of 5G subscriptions will be concentrated in the US, Japan, China, and South Korea, where major operators have revealed aggressive timelines for launching 5G services.
“The main use case for 5G through 2021 will be enhanced mobile broadband services, although fixed broadband services will also be supported, especially in the US,” Ovum Practice Leader Mike Roberts said. “Over time 5G will support a host of use cases including Internet of Things and mission-critical communications, but Ovum does not believe those use cases will be supported by standardized 5G services through 2021.”
South Korea is seen as the most advanced market in terms of 5G development. The government of the Asian nation expects that its local mobile operators, including SK Telecom, KT and LG Uplus, will be able to trial 5G services during 2017 and then introduce commercial services in December 2020. The government said the operators will be able to launch 5G service demos during the XXIII Olympic Winter Games, which will be held during February 2018 in the city of Pyeongchang.
Installed base of wireless Industrial IoT devices reached 14.3 million units in 2015; global market is forecasted to grow at a CAGR of 27.7% in 2015-2021
The installed base of wireless Industrial IoT devices used for automation reached a total of 14.3 million units by the end of 2015, according to a recent study by Sweden-based M2M/IoT market research firm Berg Insight.
The study revealed that the number of wireless Industrial IoT devices in automation networks are expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 27.7% to reach 62 million by 2021.
Berg Insight said that Wi-Fi and Bluetooth are the most widespread technologies in factory automation while cellular connectivity typically is used for remote monitoring and backhaul communication between industrial plants. The research firm also said that the emerging area of Low Power Wide Area Networking (LPWAN) is a promising alternative in remote monitoring applications.
The wireless IoT device market is served by a multitude of players from various backgrounds including global automation solution providers, automation equipment and solution vendors, industrial communication specialists and IoT communication specialists. Emerson, Honeywell, GE and Yokogawa are leading vendors of 802.15.4 devices in industrial automation, Berg Insight said. Siemens, Cisco, Belden, Moxa, Schneider Electric and Eaton are major vendors of Wi-Fi devices while Eaton, GE and Sierra Wireless are important vendors of cellular devices for industrial automation applications.
“Wireless communication and industrial IoT solutions can provide integration of different automation systems as well as enterprise systems which enables supply chains to be lean, even with a complex mix of products and output levels,” Berg Insight’s senior analyst Johan Svanberg, said. “Connected automation solutions also open up the possibility for entirely new business and service models which can give companies a much needed competitive edge in today’s manufacturing landscape,” Svanberg added.