The Internet of Things (IoT) has been around for a while, but this technology continues to drive transformation in the digital sphere. In fact, GlobalData predicts that the marketplace for IoT will grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 22.4% to reach a total of US$96 billion in the APAC region by 2023. The fifth generation of cellular mobile communications is set to form the dynamic ecosystem in which IoT will operate. By providing faster and more reliable connectivity, 5G networks will bring IoT’s capabilities to the next level.
Though APAC is set to lead 5G technology adoption globally, the integration of 5G-enabled IoT technology might not be smooth sailing for enterprises. To cope with the rapidly evolving needs of their traffic networks and unlock the power of IoT, businesses are increasingly leveraging software-defined wide area network, or SD-WAN, for a pragmatic approach. SD-WAN is an evolution of wide area networking that supports applications hosted in multiple locations, over any type of network and through any type of service provider connection. Here are three ways SD-WAN will play a critical role in helping enterprises build their IoT infrastructure in a 5G society.