This report analyses the adoption of manufacturing 4.0 solutions in the industry.

  • It presents the underlying networking technologies needed to attain the goals of smart manufacturing.
  • The key use cases are also described in detail.
  • It also analyses the regulation of the spectrum allocation, especially for private networks devoted to industrials.
  • The strategies of the key players – solution providers, equipment vendors, MNOs and industrials – are examined.
  • It reviews the main drivers and barriers to manufacturing 4.0 market development.
  • In conclusion, it presents forecasts in volume in terms of use cases, and a technology breakdown.

Table of contents

1. Executive summary

2. Use cases description
• Collaborative Robots in Manufacturing (Cobots)
• Automatic Guided Vehicles (AGVs)
• Forklift trucks
• Asset tracking
• Tags and Beacons

3. Enabling technologies
• Synthesis of key networking technologies
• Technical chain of IoT
• Technologies designed for IoT
• Wired technologies
• Short range standardized technologies
• Satellite technologies
• Low earth orbit’s compatibility with IoT
• Complementary Wi-Fi technologies 5/6 & HaLow
• Cellular technologies
• LPWAN – Focus on the energy-oriented technology
• 5G – Focus on the upcoming driver

4. Ecosystem analysis
• Solution providers
• Collaborative Robots Ecosystem
– Case study: Universal Robots
• Automatic Guided Vehicles Ecosystem
– Case study: MaxAGV
• Asset Tracking Ecosystem
– Case study: Uwinloc
• Telecom equipment vendors
– Case studies: Ericsson – Nokia
• Telecom operators
– Case studies: AT&T – Vodafone
• Industrials
– Case studies: Bosch – Fujitsu – Siemens

5. Market development
• Market dynamics
• Government initiatives
– Focus on China
• Market sizing

Geographic area



  • AT&T
  • BMW
  • Bosch
  • Ericsson
  • Fujitsu
  • Lufthansa Technik
  • MaxAGV
  • Navantia
  • Nokia
  • Siemens
  • Universal Robots
  • Uwinloc
  • Vodafone

Other details

  • Reference: M00046MRA
  • Delivery: on the DigiWorld Interactive platform
  • Languages available: English
  • Tags: 5G, AGV, asset tracking, Automatic Guided Vehicles, cobots, collaborative robots, iot, LPWAN, manufacturing 4.0, networking technologies, private networks, satellite, smart manufacturing, Spectrum, telecom equipment vendors, telecom industry, telecom operators

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