5G: What is the current potential for Australian businesses?

The roll-out of 5G across Australia is an opportunity for companies to adopt the technology ahead of their competition. However, to fully take advantage of 5G, particularly for Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) applications, electronic components will need to be be part of the solution.

Mouser Electronics, a global distributor of semiconductor and electronic components, distributes components for 5G applications.

“For the radio frequency (RF) front end of 5G, we have Qorvo who has already shipped over 100M devices for 5G infrastructure, analog devices, NXP, and TI. In addition, Silicon Labs provides many of the timing products needed to bridge 4G and 5G technology and Intel has the latest datacenter products needed to process the vast amount of data that 5G will generate. Finally Mouser has the leading manufacturers of the mmwave connectors required by the new frequency bands associated with 5G,” said Daphne Tien, Vice President of Marketing & Business Development – APAC Marketing at Mouser Electronics.

The use of 5G within industrial applications can allow communication at higher speeds and larger volumes. With 5G in Australia only in the initial stages, early adopters will be partly future proofing their systems for a future of greater connectivity, as the Mouser spokesperson highlighted.

“Massive machine type communication (mMTC) is designed for data exchange between low power devices with relaxed levels of service. Ultra reliable low-latency communication (URLLC) is designed for data exchange with strict levels of service. This will include real time systems and advanced robotics, both of which will be part of the future of IIoT,” said Tien.

Manufacturers can now start thinking about how they will incorporate 5G. This not only means using 5G in their own processes, but incorporating 5G operability in the products they manufacture.