A new generation of mobile and wireless technology is just around the corner and is set to revolutionise and digitise the way businesses create a better experience for customers. What comes with this is increasing pressure to adopt new technology and develop ways to deliver exceptional customer experiences.
5G will go further than just faster download speeds – with its ability to connect things as well as people it will be essential in the development of new products and services across many industries and is fundamental to the creation of smart infrastructures.
The potential of 5G is something we haven’t seen before, and with many new use cases set to become available with mobile data, it’s important that companies understand its benefits and how it can transform and enable their processes.
Media and Entertainment
Possibly one of the biggest use cases for 5G is its impact on the entertainment industry, with businesses able to create a more engaging and immersive experience for end users. 5G will become a major competitive asset for network providers in media as it will help operators capitalise on mobile media growth by selling 5G network capabilities to OTT video service providers.
5G is expected to usher in advances in the automotive sector, with cars able to monitor vehicle and journey factors from sensors, but it will go far beyond this by powering the move to self-driving vehicles. Better connectivity will power smart roadside assets such as lighting and traffic lights even more intelligent, reducing overall journey times.
A highly-anticipated and key driver for the coupling of 5G and edge compute platforms will be enabling low-latency vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-roadside communications for better real-time data to be transmitted to improve road safety and in-car entertainment. For this to be successful, 5G will have to provide a continuous and reliable signal and will require considerable investment in the corresponding infrastructure to make this a reality.
Energy and Utility
We have already started to see the introduction of better energy management with smart meters, but with 5G, these services will become even more precise, allowing more data to be sent and received, more often. This new wireless technology will increase efficiency and give suppliers the ability to improve energy distribution and result in a reduced cost for its users.
The most promising advantage will be the effect it will have on the environment and planet resources, with 5G allowing businesses to have more control over their impact on the environment than ever before.
Facing increasing pressure to deliver products faster and more cheaply, manufacturers will benefit from 5G more than any other industry, because they are already seeing the changes. Industrial automation and the creation of more smart factories that will make processes more efficient, reduce downtime and cut costs are just some of the benefits for manufacturers.
In terms of product development and time to market, access to 5G real-time field data and digital twinning technologies will enable the factory of the future to fine tune and alter manufacturing processes quickly and dynamically.
Faced with major demographic upheavals in the world over the next years, 5G promises to be a key enabler in the fight to improve health and quality of life. Telemedicine, remote monitoring, personalised care and precision medicine are all closer to reality through technologies developed with 5G at their core
5G has the power to enable businesses to deliver a more immersive experience for customers. In order to fully take advantage of this fast-approaching revolution, businesses must act now to discover the 5G uses cases that make sense for them and ensure their staff are suitably ready to apply themselves to these.
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