As we move towards an IoT and 5G future, the role of standards and standards organizations is increasingly important in maintaining industry requirements and enabling interoperability. New and emerging technologies that use pre-existing hardware and software can unify legacy infrastructure, which in turn will enable a shift towards an ecosystem composed of multi-vendor interoperable technology. This approach also overcomes the costly issue of upgrading legacy infrastructure across entire networks.
As technologies and devices continue to converge and come together across multiple platforms, interoperability is essential for users, manufacturers and the industry. An ecosystem composed of multi-vendor interoperable technology will become a realized possibility while standards are implemented and discussed openly.