How long before 5G is ready for industrial applications? The 5G mobile communication standard has the potential to radically change industrial production processes: data transmission rates and latencies which could as yet only be achieved for wired applications will be very much a possibility with 5G Release 16. This increased independence facilitates a high degree of flexibility in production. In addition, 5G will allow the integration of one million participants within a square kilometer area – a solid basis for IoT in production. With its introduction imminent, General Manager for Industrial Communication and Identification at Siemens, Herbert Wegmann, envisions this technology becoming a significant trendsetter for industrial IoT. As emphasized by Wegmann in an interview with RFID & Wireless IoT Global, “5G will allow us to connect the industry in its entirety”. A significant change from a Siemens point of view will come in the Fall of 2020 with standardization of the critical Release 16 by the global bodies. At the same time, the industrial communication expert maintains that expectations for the application of new technologies should not be overstated.