What Is 5G & What Does It Mean For Business?

What is 5G?

With the increasing demand for lightning-fast internet connectivity, it comes as no surprise that 5G technology will be the new standard in the not so distant future. But for many, a question of how the 5G network will work for business still remains.

5G is a business-orientated wireless network and is not designed for mobile phones the way 4G is. Thanks to major advancements in wireless technology, 5G’s bold claims of 20Gbps download speeds and 10Gbps upload speeds are actually feasible.

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While the 5G network isn’t expected to make a wide stream debut until 2021, there’s still plenty for businesses to get excited about and prepare for in the mean time. So, read on to learn about what 5G will mean for your business and why you should prepare for integration.

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Better communications

Unfortunately, not every area is fibre optic internet ready and this is vital for businesses to be able to reach their full potential. The 5G network is aspiring to connect businesses to the internet wirelessly, with similar speeds to fibre optic internet.

This opens up a whole range of possibilities for communication with customers as well as internal communication between employees. Thanks to 5G’s super-fast connection, businesses can easily stream high-resolution video, images, and audio with virtually no latency. This creates huge opportunities for instantaneous communication between employees and also allows large data files to be shared much more quickly.

Increased cloud computing

Cloud computing has already become an integral part of IT infrastructure across the world. However, the increased reliance on cloud networks has developed a requirement for faster, more reliable internet connectivity.

Thanks to the hugely reduced latency that 5G technology offers, computers and devices can effectively communicate with the cloud in real time. This opens up huge possibilities for businesses looking to driverless cars for their future strategy. Cars connecting to the cloud would be able to communicate in under a millisecond, making this a safe and viable option once the technology is more widely available. .

Additionally, the faster 5G network would vastly improve data transfer and the prospects of cloud security. Huge backups of vital business and customer information can be sent to the cloud far more quickly over a 5G network. This makes it possible that constant, real-time backups could be the way forward for businesses on the cloud.

AR and VR opportunities

Developments in augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) have helped showcase some exciting possibilities for the future of business. However, limited internet connectivity has been holding these technologies back from reaching their full potential.

However, with 5G technology, all kinds of information can be sent to headsets instantaneously. This will almost certainly create a higher demand for wearable technology and the applications to go with it.

For example, the hospitality industry is already reacting to VR’s potential. Travel agents will soon have the ability to take clients on guided VR hotel tours as well as taking them through the streets of popular destinations. This will be vital to the selling process and highlights the need for companies to adapt to 5G technology quickly.

Unlocking IoT’s potential

Thanks to increasing demand from the consumer and business markets, the internet of things (IoT) is set to grow exponentially over the coming years. There are already a huge number of devices that are connected to the internet and they don’t currently require the 5G network to operate. However, 5G will allow many more devices to stay connected in a much denser area which is something the current IoT infrastructure can’t offer.

So, businesses that haven’t started to direct themselves towards a totally connected future now have much more incentive to do so. There are wearables for staff, appliances, lighting systems, temperature control, driverless cars, and much more to keep connected. While some of the IoT may seem like a gimmick today, in a few years they could be a vital part of your business operations. So, it’s important to stay up-to-date and ready to make the most of any developments that could benefit your business.

The 5G network is the future and ensuring that your company is ready for upcoming changes couldn’t be more important. To read some more tech related blogs, visit our Tech Blog page now. Or, if you’d like to update your business’ infrastructure in preparation for 5G technology, please head over to our IT Solutions page.