Feature Article

April 21, 2017

The Era of 5G: What Does It Mean for Businesses?

By Special Guest
Lynn Joseph, Content Writer

Not too long ago, Ericsson – a brand in networking technology – showed off what could be the future of mobile networking through its demonstration of mmWave 5G during the 2017 MWC. That demonstration was followed by a tour across the United States, Europe and Asia. In the U.S., Ericsson teamed up with T-Mobile to show the new 5G technology delivering 12Gbps of Internet speed.

Speed is not the only advantage being brought by 5G. The new technology is capable of maintaining a relatively low latency; as low as 3ms for line-of-sight connections. This will bring a lot of benefits not only for home users, but also businesses and corporations.

Real-time Transmissions

The introduction of mmWave 5G opens up a world of new possibilities. Businesses will soon be able to rely on fast and reliable 5G connections to host reliable meetings and video conferences. Instead of streaming videos, more data can be delivered to multiple nodes at the same time, allowing materials such as documents and even interactive elements to be shared among users.

During the same demo at the MWC, Ericsson also showed how real-time 5G connectivity can enable certain industries to operate remote machinery in real-time. The demo displayed a robotic arm being controlled via 5G by an operator located elsewhere. There were no lags or latency issues at all. The healthcare industry can utilize this new technology to conduct remote operations with immense precision.

Transfer of Information and Resources

A lot of businesses are eager to welcome mmWave 5G for practical reasons. A faster, more reliable internet connection should enable businesses to set up operations in different parts of the world without having to invest so much in specialists.

In a SAP development project, for example, experts from the U.S. and other countries can provide their expertise without having to travel to the project site. This type of collaboration is already available today, but the fluidness of the interactions and the whole experience of working remotely will be much improved with the use of 5G.

The same can be said for other parts of the operation. HR specialists can work remotely from head office and still have the ability to perform well while managing remote offices. Sensors can be utilized to monitor production lines with immense speed and reliability.

Available Soon

5G is making its way to the market sooner than you think. While there are no agreed standards for device manufacturers to follow just yet, different companies including Ericsson and Huawei are putting forward their best inventions to attract the attention of regulators across the globe. In the U.S., the FCC is aiming to get 5G implemented in as little as 18 months. This means we will start seeing 5G networks in parts of the country by 2018.

Faster Internet and more reliable networks are always good. Business users can become even more competitive on the market with the new features and opportunities brought along by 5G. The mmWave 5G demo from Ericsson is certainly a glimpse into the future.

Edited by Alicia Young

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