Report: 5G for Industry 4.0 operational technology networks - GSMA

5G for Industry 4.0 operational technology networks
A comparison of the features and application of 5G and
Wi-Fi 6 for manufacturing, production and supply chain use
cases

This paper explores the technical and operational differences between Wi-Fi and 4G/5G mobile
networks and then reviews a broad range of manufacturing and supply chain related use cases for
the application of these connectivity options. It is hoped that manufacturing and supply chain
companies reviewing technology options for Industry 4.0 will see that 5G networks, whether
supplied by mobile network operators or standalone, provides the best choice for the Industry 4.0
operational technology network with support over a wide range of use cases. In time it is likely that
manufacturing and supply chain companies will consolidate wireless networks and due to the
advantages offered by 4G and 5G mobile networks it is expected that these will become the
exclusive wireless technology in many manufacturing and supply chain enterprises.

View the report here.