Let us look at the bigger picture here! While the pandemic has pushed us back in terms of futuristic plans, the backward momentum along with certain future-proof technologies can help us catapult decades into the future, provided we play our cards right.
One of the best ways to make this possible is by leveraging 5G technology, specifically by keeping the next decade in mind.
Entrepreneurial Hopes and 5G
Two months into 2021 and we have already started experiencing a surge in the futuristic networks for B2C and B2B communications. However, a majority of these networks have their hopes pinned on the 5G technology, which is expected to take form in the post-pandemic era. While we shall take a look at the detailed business impacts of the same, the crux of the matter is focused on enhanced security, reliability, mobility, and enviable levels of reliability.
Besides, if IoT is one of your several business priorities, gear up for something remarkable with 5G technology to amplify proceedings. Then again, the first step every organization will take is to future-proof diverse setups, to ensure lower overheads and revolutionized organizational mobility.
Furthermore, the deployment of 5G is long-awaited as almost 66 percent of global businesses were willing to get it on-board in 2020 itself. However, as the pandemic turned tables, things didn’t go as planned but 2021 will surely see large-scale adoption.
How 5G will Change perceptions?
First of all, we need to scale beyond the generic stuff that is available online, stating 5G as a faster communication technology. If as a CTO or mid-level executive you are reading this post, you already know the premise. Once the generic perspective is out of the way, you need to ascertain the pain points that 5G technology aims to address.
Not just that, 5G is expected to work in tandem with other next-gen technologies like the Edge-to-Edge networking and IoT, precisely to build a consortium for faster and reliable networking regardless of the genre. Therefore, it would be advisable to take every aligned aspect into account and then enlist the ways in which 5G can be impactful enough for businesses:
Enhanced Device Coverage
Have you ever considered that slower internet speeds aren’t the only bottleneck as there can be number of reasons why your Firestick is buffering? Be it a streaming device as portable as a Fire TV stick or something all-inclusive like the Apple TV 4K, buffering is often a result of a massive load on the connected network. And all these only pertain to the home and personal networks.
Businesses will therefore be better off shifting to 5G as it would allow them to use the higher capacity to connect devices. To be exact, as compared to the 2000 device support offered by 4G, 5G technology is capable of accommodating one million devices within an area of 0.38sq miles. The massive spectrum band will also boost the IoT explosion, thereby facilitating a connected world with devices sharing secured information with each other.
5G hardware is expected to be quite pricey as compared to the one used for 4G. Sounds counterintuitive to the heading, right! Not exactly, as the higher upfront costs will equate to lower overheads and future-proofing expenses.
5G, once deployed, will ensure that businesses can use the same hardware for at least two decades from here. Therefore, if as a business owner you have it in yourself to take the initial plunge, budgeting might just become less tricky in the long run.
Pushing Forth the Analytics
Almost every business in 2021 is heavily dependent on data collection. However, 5G technology will speed up the way organizations accumulate data, whilst storing, processing, and analyzing them in every possible capacity. Therefore, predictive analytics, Machine learning, Neural networking, and other data deciphering strategies are expected to get a new lease of life with 5G deployment. However, you will still have to account for the hardware-centric costs.
Nothing against 4G but from a technical standpoint, 5G deployment will amplify the reliability quotient of the organizational systems. This would be immensely beneficial for manufacturing and healthcare units, something we shall be discussing in the subsequent sections.
The time taken for an instruction released to get realized into a command or rather an action is termed as latency, which is expected to be less than 5ms for 5G connections. It is obvious that you might have taken more time to read the previous sentence.
While we did discuss the benefits or rather ways by which 5G can improve business outcome and growth, it is necessary to pick one industry at a time and briefly go over the impact on each.
With reliability expected to increase, the healthcare sector might see a rise in the digitization of operations followed by the reliability of devices, especially the connected ones. Moreover, 5G supposedly will pave the way for telemedicine expansion, riding on the perks of better AI utilization. This means online consultations via smart and AI-powered interfaces will get a ready boost.
5G will allow businesses to personalize user experiences in real-time. While there are quite a few data handling technologies active in the 2021 5G technology will make everything faster. Besides, it will also bring forth new dawn with AR and VR experiences taking center-stage.
Banks and financial institutions are expected to reap several 5G deployment benefits owing to the resurgence of secure transfers, innovative wearable technology, and forthcoming networks. Besides, the lower-latency will improve your online banking experiences, provided the relevant firms have invested in the hardware.
Streaming wars are on ascendancy and 5G will help speed up global adoption. Besides, streaming devices will get a newer outlook with this upcoming deployment as the hardware change will pair perfectly with the faster Wi-Fi connections, if and when they arrive.
The higher capacity of accommodating devices, establishing reliable connections, and lowering latencies associated with 5G deployment will be beneficial to the transportation sector. Therefore, people traveling from one city to the other can stay connected throughout the journey, owing to the end-to-end connectivity support.
With manufacturing units becoming more and more autonomous with time, 5G deployment is expected to be of assistance. Be it the empanelment of sensors across the setup or monitoring the environment remotely, 5G’s unabated capacity and flexibility will help businesses achieve better and faster outputs.
Believe it when we say, 5G comes with an addressable projection and already has close to 200 use cases to strategize better deployment. Besides, if we are actually looking at the bigger picture and ascertaining deployment by 2030, exactly a decade after the pandemic, it is expected that the Media and Entertainment sector is going to be the largest beneficiary followed by Agriculture.
However, businesses will be able to succeed if they become early adopters and start focusing strategies even in the 4G era, specifically to streamline 5G deployment.