When talking about technology, 5G is often used in a singular context. However, “5G” covers several types of architectures and other variables. These include variations in spectrum, hardware, software, and physical location of assets. When taken holistically, there are dozens of 5G configurations that provide advantages and disadvantages depending on the use case. These configurations determine cost, complexity, availability, risk, and performance.
Most 5G literature and marketing materials target consumer use applications and are skewed toward service providers, adding to ambiguity.
One barrier to the adoption of 5G wireless technology in manufacturing is the confusion caused by the lack of industry-specific information.