The transition from 4G to 5G will have a great impact on how smartphones and other connected devices will be used. Why? Because the internet speed will be tremendously higher with the new technology. Let’s go over the advantages higher internet speed provides and how this will change the way businesses use it.
The benefits of 5G
Higher internet speed is the first and most important of the changes 5G will bring. 5G could run at 10 Gbps, compared to 20Mbps for 4G. In non-technical terms, this means that it should allow to download a movie within seconds only. It is easy to imagine more fluid and quick use of the wireless internet, but it also has impacts on other the usage of other devices. Applications in robotics or drones are for example expected.
This brings us to the second benefit of 5G: a near-zero latency. The average latency of 9 to 50 milliseconds (depending on the sources) for 4G should be cut to 1 millisecond with 5G. This near-zero latency is important for all applications that require real-time communication. 5G will probably be used to develop connected cars that can communicate with one another to prevent accidents, for example.
The last major benefit of 5G is the connection density. The number of connected devices per person is increasing. Think about smartphones, smartwatches but also connected cars and sensors. To be able to manage the increasing average connected devices per user, the 5th Generation network needs to be able to support this evolution. 5G will have a capacity of 1 million connected devices per 0.38 square miles, compared to 2.000 for 4G.
What are the impacts of 5G on businesses?
If you are using mobile communication channels, such as mobile advertisement, 5G will change the way you use this channel on mobile. Let’s review how mobile strategies could evolve with this upcoming technology.
The increased internet speed on mobile devices will result in nearly instant display of webpages and ads. Today, a percentage of the bounce rate on videos is due to loading time. With the arrival of 5G, a video, typically used in an ad or on a webpage, will load in real-time. Marketeers will certainly take this opportunity and let video play a bigger role in their mobile strategies. Besides ads and webpages, streaming videos should also increase. As they will be available on mobile and without latency, events such as seminars or live product demonstrations should also know a larger audience.
Human interactions over video should also develop with 5G networks. For example, using video conferences to collaborate with teams overseas will be much easier without latency. Companies may also want to provide customer support over video, especially if they sell products and services that require a visual component. Services that grow on video-based exchanges, such a telemedicine, should know a growth of their activities.
When to expect 5G?
Competition is fierce to be the first country to launch 5G. Most serious competitors are South Korea, China, Japan and the United States. All four claim being the first to have launched 5G. Their statements are based on technical differences and merely a few hours of difference in their official statements.
This race seems a bit silly when we know there will not be any real impact on end users before years. However, a first commercial 5G network is expected in 2019 or 2020, most likely in one of the four countries listed above.
If the technology will be globally available in the upcoming years, now is the time to start planning its usage for your company. How will you take advantage of 5G?
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