This projection was highlighted in the recently released North America Ericsson Mobility Report for June 2016 from Ericsson. Ericsson is a world leader in communications technology and services and carries about 40 per cent of the global mobile traffic over its network.
Today, consumer and commercial IoT applications are on the rise which is evident in things we use daily, such as smartwatches and connected household items. On the commercial side, applications for connected vehicles and smart meters are also becoming more of an integral part in industries. To cite a local example, the City of Halifax in Nova Scotia has connected street lighting to help cut down on waste and make streets safer for drivers.
In the same vein, the connected vehicle IoT application is making rapid gains in North America with many of the major operators in the US and Canada forming relationships with auto makers to increase the number of connected cars. As a matter of fact, one US auto manufacturer, General Motors (GM) already has over 1 million connected cars in operation since last year.
To aid in this service, many operators in North America are using LTE in connected cars with the primary services being offered are emergency assistance and vehicle diagnostics.
Not surprisingly, with the rise of connected devices some providers in the US and Canada have already initiated the transformation to 5G which provides faster speeds, lower latency and lower energy use along with better traffic support. For many this change is a no brainer, especially with speeds of 10-100 times faster than 4G, 5G will make downloading files faster with a full-length HD movie downloaded in a matter of seconds. 5G also brings lower latency, meaning that a connected car using this technology could report an accident before the airbags were fully inflated. Lower energy use is another advantage that is driving the rise of 5G with sensors placed in remote and inaccessible areas resulting in better battery life measured in years.
As the number of connected devices continue to increase along with the trials of 5G by almost every service provider in US and Canada by 2018, this will not only help to guide 5G standards but also set the stage for widespread commercial availability and adoption within the next few years.
To learn more about where mobility is headed in the next few years, especially in the areas of mobile subscriptions, data plans and usage, mobile traffic, mobile phones activity and apps and IoT and 5G, go here for the full report.
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