5G is the most transformative network innovation in recent history. The hallmark attributes of 5G—high bandwidth and low end-to-end latency, in particular—are promising, but the benefits are expected to go well beyond more productive employees. Widespread access to fast, reliable internet can open new doors for distributed and remote workforces. 5G can also enable the connectivity needed for real-time remote collaboration and applications utilizing virtual reality and augmented reality.
Several industries are already exploring the potential outcomes of 5G preparation. Reliable remote internet is great for people who work at home, but it is also an invaluable asset for specialists who do fieldwork—particularly those who visit remote and potentially hazardous sites like substations and power plants. 5G could be deployed to help first responders and public officials direct and deliver safer emergency response, and it can enable IoT devices to support such applications like predictive maintenance on the factory floor. For healthcare workers, whether they work in state-of-the-art medical centers or in temporary vaccine clinics, 5G could offer ultra-fast, ultra-low latency mobile communications and enable essentially real-time access to important data.
There is little doubt about what 5G can do—but you have to be prepared to leverage its power.