5G is the name for the fifth-generation cellular network. The technology is considerably more advanced than the commonly used 4G (LTE) network and represents a big leap forward.
It is so much more advanced, in fact, that it has the capability to be up to around 100 times faster in controlled conditions, and probably between 10 and 20 times faster in real-world use. Beyond this, it also has the ability to support many more devices at once than its fourth-generation predecessor.
Governments and businesses all over the world have been planning the large-scale introduction of 5G for several years now, but 2020 is the year that it looks like it will really accelerate to become widely available. Countries in many regions, such as Western Europe, North America, Australasia, and parts of Asia now already have 5G available or are in the process of building their infrastructure for deployment this year. Because of this, the technology is rapidly becoming more readily available to hundreds of millions of people, as well as countless businesses across the planet.
The dawn of 5G doesn’t just mean more social media use and reduced loading times for YouTube videos. Computers, mobile phones, and the internet are now so deeply ingrained into the business world that 5G will fundamentally impact the way that organizations operate. Here are a few of the main benefits.
With the massive increase in speeds – probably around 10-20 times faster in practice – businesses can operate more seamlessly. Reliable high speeds will facilitate a more productive working environment in all areas, for example by enabling more remote work, making communication more reliable, and facilitating the transfer of important data between locations.
5G will also enable new technologies such as self-driving cars, the Internet of Things, and AI and Machine Learning to develop faster and reach new heights. These technologies and more will inevitably bring huge benefits for many businesses in the months and years to come.
Another big benefit to businesses is the growing accessibility of 5G technology. Governments and businesses worldwide are investing heavily in their infrastructures to ensure they don’t fall behind. This wide-scale investment will keep levels of competition high which should, in turn, keep prices affordable for even startups and small businesses.
One major feature of 5G is its superiority over 4G when handling large numbers of devices. This should mean it will have the capacity to cope with the increasing demand on data networks as more people use it and as businesses grow, making it a scalable, future-proof technology and a smart investment for any organization.
Assessing your business’s potential to benefit from 5G data networks and implementing them effectively is something that requires expertise. Specialist consultancies are the ideal way to access this expertise, helping you to understand the technology, decide what scale of investment would be most beneficial to you, and help to guide you through the transition from start to finish.
At Eaglera, guiding businesses through digital transformations is what we do, and we have supported the technological upgrading of dozens of diverse clients. We work extensively with 5G, as well as a full suite of other world-changing technologies, enabling you to step into a new era of growth and innovation.