There has been plenty of excitement surrounding the recent arrival of 5G – and it’s not difficult to see why. The respected chipmaker Qualcomm expects this new frontier in cellular connectivity to create 22 million new jobs and contribute $12.3 trillion to the global economy, says TechRadar.
However, if you run a business, you might still feel little the wiser about how 5G could benefit your operations in a practical sense – apart from, obviously, by delivering faster online speeds than 4G. Here are various ways the new generation of mobile networks could soup up your business…
Even simple, routine workplace tasks can become easier
For now, let’s continue focusing on the most obvious corporate benefit of 5G: that it will enable businesses to complete a range of online tasks more quickly. Those tasks include completing online sales and sharing large files through cloud platforms – even just on mobile devices.
Consequently, many businesses will be able to significantly bolster their productivity as well as the morale of staff now much less likely to have to contend with sluggish internet speeds in the workplace. However, 5G couldn’t just improve your business – it could also transform it…
5G can be placed at the centre of the “Internet of Things”
That’s the term that gave rise to the acronym “IoT”. The capabilities and applications of the technology known by this name could be significantly expanded as a result of 5G, which will enable up to a million IoT-connected devices per square kilometre to communicate with each other.
The implications of this would be especially important for businesses that create and use such technologies as artificial intelligence (AI), robotics, drones, driverless cars and remote-controlled machinery. These are all examples of technologies that could become even more useful due to 5G.
5G: especially fitting connectivity tech for the COVID age
That might seem an ironic conclusion to reach, given the well-publicised stories about activists in the UK setting 5G masts on fire out of a misguided belief that they spread COVID-19. However, now that this bumpy start to 5G’s UK arrival is out of the way, we can look to how the technology makes it even easier for employees to work from home or other places besides the usual office.
While the consumer broadband network has coped surprisingly well with the strain of many workers switching from offices to their homes, the fact remains that the network was never originally designed to facilitate remote working practices at this scale.
Elite Business reports that, between February and April 2020, queries about “poor broadband speeds” rose by about 92% on Google. In a study of a thousand UK workers working from home due to the pandemic, 21% of them were found to have faced difficulty with their broadband connection.
These figures shed light on why, if you are indeed a business owner, you could benefit from implementing voice, data and mobile services by Gamma, which specialises in the corporate telephony market and is currently assembling 5G infrastructure for a range of businesses to utilise.