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Summary form only given. Thirty years ago, the idea of 'Connecting Every-Thing' was just a topic of science fiction, but with the introduction and technological advancements and introduction of the Internet, the fiction has become reality. Up to now, communications systems, and also the Internet, have predominantly been used by and for individuals. With loT we all experience a domain shift towards connected devices and machines - the Things - which are autonomously requesting and supplying information via networks. This development leads to a series of great challenges not only for future technology and its standardization, but also for the whole of society. This talk will focus on one of the absolutely critical aspects within the loT environment - communications. Communications are required at every level, from a tiny sensor device ranging up to a high performance data center on a backbone. Today's new requirements regarding technology, reliability and standards will be reviewed, and some conjectures will be given on where advanced communications might take us and the loT in the future.