The wave of 5G expansions is set to enable businesses of all types to reap the benefits of enhanced mobility, flexibility, reliability, and security.
FREMONT, CA: 5G is offering an entirely new range of possibilities for service providers. 5G provides better connectivity, low latency, and support for numerous devices in one location as well as fast connections and more bandwidth than Wi-Fi and 4G LTE. This new wave of hyper-connectivity will redefine the enterprise, and manufacturing will gain value creation from 5G investments, followed by energy and utilities, the public sector, health care, and transportation. The adoption of 3G in industries is not an easy task, according to a research conducted by Ernst & Young, the primary concern of the companies is about security as 5G connected devices will increase the potential network-attack surface. Additionally, there are cost concerns as well; as a result, early adoption will be slow.
5G and Automotives
Companies like Audi has started testing 5G for robotic motion control, Nokia’s 5G Oulu is leveraging 5G for in-factory connectivity, a combination of edge computing and cloud computing, and IoT analytics. Apart from these internal efficiencies improvements, the manufacturers gain from the growth of the 5G sector in other ways as well.
Diverging from Wi-Fi and 4G
Many manufacturers still use Wi-Fi and 4G LTE rather than 5G due to the lack of infrastructure, standards, and devices. But many companies are looking at 5G today as a future-proof strategy than adopting 4G. The 5G devices available are the early ones not fit for mass production and have not come down the cost curve to drive massive scale adoption. Similar to 4G, 5G is set to improve with time, and it will be software-upgradable with more advanced features and significant growth in 5G IoT endpoints.
Security and Standards
5G will gain popularity with the maturing of the devices and features. Currently, only the initial set of 5G features is available, and it will be widely adopted as standards evolve and technologies become more accessible. Two major features that are not yet available first being low latency and the second is the possibility to connect with thousands of devices in a constricted area, and both of these features are very attractive to the manufacturers.
Manufacturers in Germany are building their private 5G network infrastructure and are connecting their machinery. There is a shift in how these companies think about the manufacturing process, and other countries might follow their footsteps and revolutionize their business.