Connecting Manufacturers to the Future with IoT and 5G

AT&T Blog Team
April 7, 2022
Innovation and Technology

Connecting Manufacturers to the Future with IoT and 5G


When Siemens eMobility group was looking to find ways to connect their electric vehicle charging stations to the average highway user, they needed a mobility solution.

Not only has connectivity to charging locations provided a direct link to customers, but AT&T’s network and services have enabled Siemens’ team to track and learn the performance of its products in remote locations in real-time. All of this has helped influence product development and optimize manufacturing processes.

The story of Siemens is just one of many where IoT and 5G have unlocked what many call “Industry 4.0,” where next-generation networks and connectivity use near real-time insights and data to improve all facets of operations.

At AT&T, we’re delivering a 5G network that is enabling innovation and transforming industries. And we are not alone in that thought; according to a new study from The Manufacturing Institute, 91% of manufacturers believe 5G connectivity will be important to the overall future of their business.

“…existing wireless network protocols are not fully suited to deliver everything the modern manufacturer needs. Increasing deployment of the fifth generation of cellular wireless technology, colloquially known as 5G, will empower manufacturers and their workers to meet this future.” – The Manufacturing Institute Study

5G and on-premises Multi-access Edge Computing (MEC) can provide a low latency, more secure environment for on-premises processing to help businesses improve operations.

  • Production quality: Video intelligence can be used to identify product errors quickly and accurately to be able to help improve production, efficiently remove defects and prevent product waste.
  • Safety: Manufacturing facilities can be made safer by creating technologically enabled “safety zones” that can offer near-real-time notifications when something enters or exits these zones.
  • Inventory: Near real-time notifications can also help detect the number of boxes on a shelf or when a box is removed to help maintain more accurate inventory reports.

At AT&T, our mission is to be the best connectivity provider in America. We do this by combining the most reliable 5G network1 with the nation’s fastest growing fiber internet provider.2 By connecting manufacturers with the advances in 5G, we can help make an enormous impact and help them thrive into the future.

1 Based on nationwide GWS drive test data. GWS conducts paid drive tests for AT&T and uses the data in its analysis. AT&T 5G requires compatible plan and device. 5G not available everywhere. Go to for details.

Based on publicly-available data of net customer adds for major fiber providers over previous four quarters.