Five ways 5G will change your business

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Is your business 5G-ready? The network is set to revolutionise the way we interact and use technology, with benefits to multiple sectors. Our leading academics, who have been providing invaluable research to ensure the Birmingham region will benefit from 5G’s limitless potential, offer key insight into how 5G will change your business for the better.

1).        It’s super-fast

It is estimated that 5G speed will enable users to download up to 1,000 times faster than 4G, meaning you’ll be able to download an entire HD film in less than a second. For your business, this means the likes of online sales and sharing large files will become faster and more efficient, even without a Wi-Fi connection.

“4G has been unable to satisfy the needs and demands of users, organisations and businesses, as we need good bandwidth, good coverage, reliability and security,” says Adel Aneiba, Associate Professor in Internet of Things (IoT) at Birmingham City University.

2).        Ultra-low latency, ultra-high reliability 

One of 5G’s main advantages will be its ultra-low latency, the time taken for a response across the web, especially for the transmission and reception of media content. 5G’s ultra-reliability will improve the experience of remote working and collaboration, giving businesses better agility, improved scheduling and lower staff turnover. Low latency’s elimination of lag will also allow for a greater digitisation of various industries, from construction to medical care.

“Low latency will radically improve wireless video, video games, and the world of AR (augmented reality) and VR (virtual reality),” says Jerry Foss, Senior Lecturer at Birmingham City University. “With over 70 percent of internet traffic consisting of video content, there is a greater need for low latency, not just from the delivery and distribution to the end user, but also in the production process.”

3).        It will create new opportunities

“One of the biggest impacts we can see 5G having is the disruption of traditional business models and the opportunities that will bring,” says Abdel-Rahman H Tawil, Associate Professor in Software Engineering at Birmingham City University. “It’s likely that creative digital development will generate revenue quicker than before – hence a faster growth in creative, ideas-based SMEs.”

4).        The establishment of private networks

5G enables network slicing, which allows the creation of several different networks over the same cellular signal. This means that businesses can run their own networks instead of using the public internet, thus allowing businesses to be free from dependency on public networks.

5).        It will provide better connectivity

5G communications will connect both people and devices better than ever before, enabling device-to-device communications for up to a million devices per square km. Businesses will be able to thrive through the use of driverless cars, drones, artificial intelligence, robotics and remote-controlled machinery.

“5G networks promise super-fast, ultra-reliable internet which will dramatically reduce download speeds and eliminate signal drop-out,” says Mohammad Patwary of Birmingham City University. “Businesses will be able to minimise their expenditure by utilising superfast connectivity to become part of the data economy; gathering data faster and more accurately to improve their productivity and/or services.”

Interested in finding out more about how 5G and Birmingham City University will revolutionise your business? Visit Birmingham City University’s website to find out more about the University's 5G-related projects.

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