5G The Next Techno-Industrial Revolution – Are You Ready?
Change is the one constant in everyone’s lives. Customers are demanding more from businesses. Is your business ready to adopt the technological breakthroughs that will come with 5G?
The world is at a pivotal point in the next techno-industrial revolution – one that will be powered by unparalleled communication technology. Lightning speed content delivery through connected solutions will change every sphere of our lives.
5G networks will usher in the fifth generation of mobile technology and the fifth generation of wireless broadband connectivity. Unlike previous generations such as 4G and LTE for mobile phones, 5G networks won’t be associated with a single type of technology. Rather, there will be a 5G ecosystem that takes in numerous networks, which support a wide range of different devices.
Over the last 2 years, in the race to build networks of the future to get everything connected, the world experienced some delays. The latter part of this decade saw the highest growth in proliferation of Optical Fibre networks, the broadcasters of unlimited bandwidth at unimaginable speeds, followed by a sustained period of stagnation.
There is a networks arms race, and those with the route miles and deep fibre in their arsenal will be the clear winners. To top it off, vertically integrated manufacturers are producing new solutions meant to transform the next-gen networks.
Just like the ever-savvy retail consumer of the digital era, today’s Enterprise customer also expects the highest quality, the fastest service, and a full-stack of solutions. The age of dependability and durability has been augmented by the need for agility.
WiFi signal strength can be a significant factor in how your business performs – especially for a mobile workforce, or remote workers whose location is outside of the office or commercial spaces that rely on static installations for their network access.
A quantum leap in speed and quality
100 times faster than 4G Speeds – estimated at between 1-10 Gb per second. This will allow for faster data transfer when uploading and downloading. This should translate into faster applications and better file-handling. You can expect an improved service quality, performance with quicker response times for completion or delivery.
The time-lag or latency associated with data transmission on previous generations of network will be all but eliminated. Delays of 1 millisecond or less, are anticipated on 5G networks, which are undetectable to the user. This will allow for virtually “lossless” data transmission.
Greater Capacity to Operate and Expand
As 5G networks are designed to have greater capacity, businesses will have more bandwidth available to run multiple applications simultaneously. The networks will also be able to cope with data traffic from a diverse and developing range of devices and software. Upgrading networks will become easier, as enterprises evolve to take in new technologies and infrastructure or to meet with changing demands.
For businesses, this will translate to a consistently higher quality for voice and video communications. The safety and integrity of information transferred over business data networks will also be improved, increasing consumer and business user confidence in the quality of databases and connected applications.
Better Network Flexibility and Scope for Innovation
Segmentation of various portions of a business network enables businesses to keep a closer eye on the security and adminsitration of these segments. It also allows for the creation of smaller virtual networks, which may be assigned to certain tasks or business units.
5G networks include network slicing or segmentation as a part of their design and extend this functionality to the businesses that use them.
5G will be the medium for new Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) tools capable of enhancing customer/user experiences and bringing new levels of immediacy to video conferencing and other enterprise communications.
The advanced systems associated with 5G networks are expected to attract a new generation of communications technologies, from which businesses will also benefit. Fully autonomous (“driver-less”) cars and trucks are just one part of a spectrum of new products, applications, and services that are predicted for the near future.
Industries as diverse as the retail, health-care, manufacturing and gaming sectors are expected to lead in adopting these innovations.
Improved Business Communications
Business generally will benefit from having higher quality audio, fewer dropped or missed calls, and the ability to easily handle more calls.
Optimisation of voice and data streams should improve. This will allow for near-seamless integration between different kinds of communications tools and business software. Unified Communications (UC) will offer improved performance and the option of better incorporation of new technologies and tools as they emerge.
Businesses will see immediate savings in terms of hardware and infrastructure. 5G is predicted to extend the battery life of devices by up to 10 times.
5G networks will also enable a shift from a hardware-based economy to one that relies more on software and systems. Software-based network environments relieve businesses of the burden and expense of equipment maintenance and monitoring. Savings from reduced administration and other processes can filter throughout the enterprise and ultimately, to the consumer.