As the anticipation of the roll out of the next generation of wireless communication slowly becomes a reality, many businesses are exploring ways to benefit from this new technology.
What is the 5G network?
5G stands for fifth generation, which marks the release of the latest communication technology supporting cellular data networks.
How does the 5G network differ from 4G?
In basic terms, the 5G network is expected to be much faster and more efficient than 4G, with reduced latency and downtime. When the 4G network first emerged on the scene, its primary focus was on delivering previously unavailable mobile internet streaming for users. One drawback of this increased usage of mobile video streaming was network congestion, slowing things up for the average user.
The 5G plans to eradicate these congestion issues with new high bandwidth, high frequency technology to accommodate a much larger number of users accessing the network simultaneously.
The 5G network is also expected to revolutionize the use of the Internet of Things (IoT), which refers to virtually anything that is connected to the internet for gathering and sharing data to improve functionality.
How can businesses benefit from TELUS 5G networks?
There are all kinds of ways companies can take advantage of the features and functionality of the next generation of wireless communications.
Some of the most practical business advantages may include:
- Lightning speeds
- Increased reliability
- Limiting downtime and lost productivity
- IoT possibilities
One of the biggest improvements of the 5G network is the high speeds it will provide for users. Not only faster connectivity and data manipulation per user, but also a greater capacity for a huge number of users at the same time with no interruption in service. Latest TELUS Smartphones, Apple iPhone and Samsung Galaxy S20 5G are able to take advantage of 5G networks.
To get a better idea of just how fast the 5G speeds will be, we can compare it to what current 4G networks have to offer. 4G networks top out at speeds of about 100 Mbps. When 5G networks are fully up and running, they are expected to deliver speeds of up to 10 Gbps, which is 100 times the speed of 4G.
This means extremely large files can be downloaded and shared in seconds, and business users that use VoIP technology for communication will experience no lag, even when talking with someone on the other side of the world.
Another issue with 4G networks are dead zones, also referred to as “not-spots”, which are areas where network service is spotty or non-existent. This excellent news for remote workers and people that travel frequently to various locations for work. Constant connectivity makes you more reliable to customers and clients, and easy to reach with important updates and notifications from colleagues and managers.
This steady reliability is also excellent for real time collaboration on group projects and the creation and sharing of essential data and images.
Work flexibility is extremely important these days as companies and the people that work for them are always looking for better ways to conduct business. This may include offering your employees the option to work remotely some or all of the time. Many business professionals find a working balance between getting things done in the office and from home.
The 5G network will provide companies with an excellent solution to remote employee complications by offering a unified communications solution. This involves remote workers connecting to your company network instead of their home network. Remote employees all working in the same network improves communication, collaboration, and security.
Limiting Downtime and Lost Productivity
Reduced lags and downtime helps maximize productivity for connected users. Another advantage of unified communications is that tasks can be accomplished from virtually any location under the same network. Since most business functions can be carried out with a smartphone or laptop, it is very easy to overcome adversity with numerous viable options to solve various complications that may arise.
One of the most exciting advantages of the 5G network is the potential for implementing the Internet of Things to automate repetitive processes and generate data analytics to maximize operational efficiency. The success of IoT requires 3 basic from a network:
- High network speed
- Comprehensive coverage
- Minimal latency
The TELUS 5G is set to deliver on all these requirements to help businesses optimize internal processes to boost productivity and performance.