5G Connectivity – The Boundless Benefits for BusinessJason Siddall
Mahatma Gandhi once said, “There is more to life than simply increasing its speed.” While that may be true for many areas of life, we have to respectfully disagree when it comes to its business application.
5G connectivity is galloping towards us with incredible speed (see what we did there?) and bringing along a host of exciting benefits for home and business.
However, gaming and streaming Netflix aside, we’d like to delve a little deeper into the benefits of 5G connectivity for business. (More information on the nuts and bolts of 5G connectivity can be found in our previous article on the subject.)
5G Connectivity Business Benefits
Unless you make a living selling watermelons on the side of a dusty road in the Transkei, we are pretty certain that your business will see startling benefits of 5G when it is rolled out in all its speedy glory.
Any family harbouring an online gamer will understand the frustration of reduced bandwidth when more people are using the internet connection. It’s kind of like taking a shower and then having someone turn on every tap in the house and flush every toilet; there’s only so much water coming in and you’re going to get a dribble rather than a drenching.
When you apply this principle in an office environment, well, you can imagine the aggravation that a choked-up connection would bring if you’re running on a mobile network!
5G connectivity equals a lot more bandwidth. That means you can make a data call, download files, connect to the cloud and have a video conference with the U.S. team at the same time.
Faster speeds mean more productive time spent online – fact.
With the introduction of fixed wireless 5G connectivity or even mobile 5G, we can expect speeds in excess of 100 times what we enjoy now. What an exciting idea!
This makes the idea of a super-connected Internet of Things, from smarter phones to smart cities, a real possibility which is just over the technical horizon.
Latency – that delay between the sending and activation of a data command, can be an issue. This is especially so in remote areas of on older infrastructure.
5G connectivity is promising latency as low as 1 millisecond.
What does this mean in the real world?
Imagine simulation training in a virtual reality environment with no delays, no buffering and no glitching. Imagine seamless streaming of video conferences, calls or movies. Imagine a driverless vehicle which can respond to danger within a heartbeat.
At this present moment, we really have very little idea what new technology will arise off the back of the supersonic 5G speeds. But we do know that they will come.
We need only think back to the transition between 2G and 4G. The opportunity to enjoy VoIP calls or mobile video conferences would have been impossible for 2G connections to carry.
The advent of 5G means that smart business people will be on the lookout for ground-breaking disruptive technology that will give them the competitive edge in business.
A comment made on Search Networking.Techtarget.com in an article on the future benefits of 5G said, “For businesses, the real benefit of 5G might not be the actual bandwidth, but the pressure that 5G exerts on market prices of incumbent WAN connectivity.”
Are You Ready For 5G?
To be fair, many of us are still getting our head around GSM connectivity and VoIP calls. The thought of preparing our business for the onslaught of new technology and the flood of new information may make us want to throw our hands up.
Fortunately, you have a partner in Huge.
Our team are dedicated to getting you onto the right connectivity system for your unique needs and making sure that you have everything you need, and none of what you don’t. And when 5G hits our shores we’ll be sure to put together more of what you need and remove old and redundant tech.