The Role of 5G Modules in Enabling the IOT

The rollout of high-speed 5G networks is fueling massive growth in cellular-connected Internet of Things (IoT) devices. These low-power 5G modules are embedded into a wide array of IoT products, from industrial sensors to consumer electronics. In this post, I’ll provide an overview of the key capabilities and pricing around 5G IoT modules hitting the market.


cellular modules based on the latest 5G technology will have a disruptive impact. 5G delivers ultra-low latency under 1 millisecond, as well as hyper-fast data speeds exceeding 1 Gbps. For IoT, this translates to real-time monitoring and control, plus the ability to transfer huge datasets from connected cameras, LiDAR sensors, and other devices.



Leading module makers like ThinkWill has launched 5G modules optimized for IoT. For example, the ThinkWill BVE series 5G router module measures just 68mm(L) × 48mm(W), fitting space-constrained products like surveillance cameras and CCTVs. BVE series modules use the latest 5G New technology, which has multiple application ports of USB\UART\WLAN standard, all of which are connected by industrial plug-in. The plug-and-play mode is quickly applicable to different application scenarios and equipment upgrade deployment. The wireless radio frequency link of BVE series is directly connected with IPEX radio frequency seat to ensure stable wireless performance.


Another major benefit of 5G modules is global coverage and compatibility. Cellular IoT terminal products can connect out-of-the-box worldwide, using forthcoming 5G standalone networks. which makes it to seamless roaming and connect across regions . Moreover, 5G modules support legacy 2G/3G/4G networks, enabling hybrid connectivity.



For traditional industrial IoT users, companies offer specialized 5G router modules to help industrial transformation and upgrading. Products like the BVE52 5G router module provide a compact connectivity hub. This features advanced security, ruggedization, double SIM slots, and flexible antenna options tailored to security, energy, and transportation settings.


Now let’s discuss pricing. 5G modules remain more expensive than LTE, but costs are declining rapidly. For example, basic LTE Cat-1 modules now sell for around $4 USD, while early 5G router modules are $180 to $220. However, high-volume 5G module pricing is expected to hit $130 by 2023. To spur adoption, some manufacturers like Thinkwill offer evaluation kits that include a 5G router module, antennas, and access to network testing tools. 5G router module has rich software functions, standard router protocols and cloud platform protocols, and supports multiple OS (such as Windows/Linux/Android). It can be widely used in various ADICT applications,such as live video, smart medical, smart education, smart cities, smart power, broadband networks, security monitoring, and artificial intelligence recognition and rapid identification and other application scenarios that need to be applied. This lowers barriers for prototyping.



In summary, 5G is poised to accelerate the expansion of intelligent, connected IoT devices. Compact and affordable plug-and-play 5G router modules from ThinkWill give product designers access to 5G’s speed and real-time responsiveness, multi-interface for multi-scene options enable diverse deployments. And with costs falling, 5G connectivity will soon be economical enough even for mid-range consumer gadgets. The 5G IoT module market outlook is bright, opening new horizons for embedded intelligence.


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