TECH BUYER Apr 2022 - IDC Perspective - Doc # CA48984822

5G Primer for Agriculture


Aron Cory, Ph.D.,
Paul Hughes

This IDC Perspective is part of a continuing series examining the development and commercialization of 5G use cases in specific industries. In this document, we outline how 5G intersects with and enables the broader ecosystem of technologies and vendors that must come together to deliver agriculture use cases that drive revenue, operational efficiency, and improved environmental or welfare outcomes. 5G is a collection of technologies that is more nuanced than has been advertised. Its use requires hardware, software, connectivity, and technical expertise, all of which should be delivered in well-explained and convenient packages. To understand the impact 5G will have on agriculture, we need to cut through the hype and understand the promise and limitations of 5G technologies. Agriculture is also a collection of different industries with different needs, and therefore, different aspects of 5G will better suit these needs. By exploring this topic, agtech developers, technology buyers, and 5G vendors can build better relationships with each other to create long-lasting and profitable partnerships.

"5G may be more of a great shuffle forward in agriculture rather than a giant leap. With all the hype over blinding hot speeds, ultralow latency, and virtual networks, it will be extremely hard for 5G to live up to the hype in most agriculture settings, but 5G will influence agriculture in ways most people do not suspect," says Dr. Aron Cory, research manager, Worldwide Agriculture at IDC.



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