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5G – what it means for your organisation

By Dav Sandher, Head of Product Marketing, Telefónica UK

Nowadays ubiquitous connectivity, with its consequent demands on fast data speeds and network coverage is considered essential to our working lives.  Together with the continued rise in consumer demand for mobile services, it’s little wonder that mobile network service providers are looking ahead to the next evolution of broadband-on-the-go internet – 5G.  Recent findings in a European Commission (EC) supported study show that the European economy is likely to benefit from €113.1bn annually by the middle of the next decade if sufficient investment is made in 5G mobile networks, so it looks like a good move.  It’s early days but there’s already progress.

5G is an advanced network technology in the research phase today, which will bring a lot more coverage, a lot more speed. That in turn requires more spectrum or radio waves to be released, and then major investment and deployment.”   Dr Mike Short CBE, Vice President, Telefonica

So, 5G is the future of mobile technology, but what does it actually mean for you, your organisation, and your customers? 5G will be fast. And that means less waiting, and more time for you to do whatever you need to. Imagine sharing large, 500mb presentations with your colleagues instantaneously.  Or, when you’re relaxing at home, downloading a Full HD movie in a matter of seconds, rather than minutes.

Network coverage will increase to allow for billions of connected devices and smart homes, smart cities and smart cars will all become the norm.  5G could mean we’re always connected and don’t have to rely on jumping from one wifi hotspot to another.

“From a consumer point of view I think 5G offers all sorts of options. There’ll be much more flexible working, so if they live in a smart home the ability to live and work and be educated at home will be much more readily available. I think things like smart cities will mean they’ll be better informed before they go into a smart city, whether it be parking, or congestion, or accident avoidance.”   Dr Mike Short CBE, Vice President, Telefonica

With new technology comes new regulation, and that’s why the EU has committed 700 million Euros to research and development in the hopes of getting 5G into early commercial use by 2020, including the UK.

“I love to take the pulse of evolving technologies, I like to hear what people say, I like to hear what people invent, and then think how we could shape the regulatory framework in order to accommodate all that.”  Iona Surpateanu, EU political advisor

The internet of things will take shape around us, with machines speaking to machines over whichever network is most efficient to create smart cities.  Real-time information will affect everything from traffic to energy supplies, flood controls and emergency services allocation.

Phones and other devices will evolve. It’s not just policy makers and mobile networks looking forward to 5G. Handset manufacturers are also part of the 5G shake-up.

You can expect these handsets to have longer battery lives too, if the current GSMA criteria for 5G devices are met, meaning faster browsing for longer without the need for a midday charge.

“Today’s handsets do not carry 5G, so they will need to upgrade their handsets. But I think some of the added functionality, quality of service, network coverage, speed, that will all help several customers in that area.”  Iona Surpateanu, EU political advisor

5G is still about four years off but how will your organisation be able to take advantage of 5G when it arrives? 4G has already opened up lots of new possibilities. But how can you use data to improve your business processes or better serve your customers and deliver richer experiences?  Higher resolution video content?  More comprehensive apps? New services?  If you’d like to talk to us, just drop me an email or learn more about our mobile offerings here.

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