The next generation of mobile phones promises to open up a whole new world of wireless connectivity that is very fast and very low latency. Seeing the opportunity for businesses is easy. But it will take a smart strategy and a lot of planning to be successful. This is the next big thing in cell technology.
It promises a wide range of new features, such as high speeds at “gigabit per second” levels with low latency, and a whole lot more (the time it takes data to get from one point to another). This will open up a lot of new businesses and make some old ones better. For example, remote robotic surgery or augmented reality heads-up displays that show real-time video feeds from 100 km away could be possible.
The big picture for 5G Enterprise Market says that it will be used by both consumers and businesses. The two groups will use the same 5G networks for very different things, so they will see them through very different lenses. Businesses need to think about these things if they want to make the most of 5G as it comes out over the next few years.
5G Enterprise Will Allow Dozens of Born-Digital Operations to Take Place.
There are a lot of people in the market who think that 5G will be a big improvement over 4G and LTE, both in terms of raw speed and because of new features, like network slicing, which lets operators create a “virtual” network that fits the needs of specific customers or use cases. But even though these small improvements have been talked about a lot, they aren’t the most interesting things about 5G from a business point of view.
Unlike previous generations, 5G was built from the ground up to support new technologies that allow businesses to be born digitally, which didn’t exist before the rise of digital technology. This means that 5G is very different from previous generations.
At first, these businesses will be small start-ups, but as they get bigger and more powerful, they’ll start to compete with established businesses in many different fields. The most important thing for businesses to do is to learn about these new businesses and figure out how to work with them or even join them as employees, rather than compete with them directly.
Amazon, for example, has used its success as an online retailer to fund completely separate businesses that run at huge scale, like cloud infrastructure, entertainment streaming, and logistics, all of which are run at huge scale by other businesses. 5G will make it possible for dozens or even hundreds of these types of “born digital” operations to happen.
Existing businesses may not be able to stay alive if a new business starts up.
Many of the most successful born-digital businesses are aggregators. They build a platform that attracts users because it is easy to use, then sell that data to other businesses in bulk. In fact, it’s not just Amazon that uses this model. It’s something that has spread across digital technology, giving rise to companies like Facebook and Google.
Such platforms usually use their data assets as their main competitive advantage, allowing them to dominate the market and make a lot of money. Network slicing and the huge amount of data that will be available from mobile devices will make these tactics even better when 5G comes out, making them even better than they already are.
These new businesses can jump ahead of older technology as soon as they start, allowing them to become dominant players before their rivals can even get into the market. But this also means that these companies have to rely on whatever old infrastructure there is. In many cases, there isn’t a good replacement for a nationwide wireless network with ultrafast speeds and low latency. People are looking forward to 5G because it promises better performance than 4G, but also because it’s a platform for development that could lead to new jobs in other industries.
An important challenge and a good chance
When you think about where connectivity is going, a lot of business ideas make sense. When people are on the move, they can use mobile networks to track deliveries, monitor industrial equipment, or stream high-speed videos. But there are also new applications like augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) that need very low latency and high throughput to work well.
If these use cases don’t become common, it will be a while before they do. There are still a lot of things to get through before that happens. For example, most smartphones today can use 4G, but only the most recent models can use 5G.
Even then, there are problems with compatibility between different networks, and even then, it’s not always easy. Despite the fact that 5G is supposed to combine fixed and mobile broadband, this isn’t going to be an easy transition for people. They may end up paying more for “premium” products that offer exceptional performance.
However, there are still a lot of things we don’t know about how quickly 5G will be able to close the gaps that already exist, especially in rural areas where both mobile and fixed operators have had trouble getting internet access. As a result, there’s a growing sense of urgency because if 5G doesn’t live up to its promises, it could have a big impact on things like IoT.
5G is a real chance to move forward with connectivity services, but only if the problem of patchy coverage is solved as soon as possible. Then again, don’t underestimate how difficult this could be. Companies will also be under pressure from customers to make sure that services are affordable, which has been a problem even with the current level of access.
Wireless systems that are used today, like 2G/3G/4G, use low frequencies where most of the energy is absorbed by buildings and other things. Higher frequencies usually bounce off objects, which is why they don’t travel very far. This is why we have better signals inside buildings. mmWave frequencies make this even worse because they can easily be blocked by things like clothes, curtains, and so on.
Network Slices may help businesses grow.
Network slicing lets developers make networks that are just right for certain applications that have different needs for low latency, high throughput, and reliability. For example, an augmented reality app would need a lot of latency but could handle a lot less throughput than a software download or a video stream.
Allowing all of these situations to co-exist on the same infrastructure would make traffic less congested. This would be done through traffic management. Network slicing allows operators to make arenas where users can compete with each other while still keeping network resources available for other users to use. This, in turn, will allow them to offer different services to different groups of customers while not having to spend a lot of money on new infrastructure.
Researchers at KTH have made a prototype that lets them use network slices for 4G LTE-Advanced with shared heterogeneous access links. The experiments show that QoS levels can be dynamically shared between different resources in the network. A big advantage is that it doesn’t need to change existing networks. Instead, traffic steering is used at the base stations of eNodeBs.