Is your business ready for 5G?
The government has claimed a major leap in Britain’s ‘digital infrastructure revolution’, by announcing that it has 700mMHz airwave band clear for 5G.
Auctions will now be held with 80MHz chunks of the airwaves available for mobile carriers to bid on.
Freeing up airwaves for 5G has involved retuning TV sets to lower frequencies.
This will enable mobile carriers to offer better services in Britain’s rural areas, as the 700MHz band is better-suited for delivering wide geographic coverage.
What are the benefits for business?
As the name suggests, 5G is the fifth generation of mobile networks, promising more speed and lower latency. Beyond performance benefits, it’s also set to underpin Industry 4.0 where everything is connected, processed and digitised.
An immediate benefit, and one relevant right now, will be better services for people working from home.
Network-related tasks, such as online sales or sharing large files in the cloud will become faster and more efficient, even on mobile devices without the need to connect to WiFi, giving businesses productivity gains.
As well as connecting people, 5G will connect things, vastly expanding the capabilities and application of the Internet of Things (IoT) which demands better and faster connectivity. In fact, 5G will enable device-to-device communications for up to a million devices per square kilometer.
This opens-up huge opportunities for IoT innovation and commercial use – from driverless cars, drones, Artificial Intelligence, robotics and remote-controlled machinery, and virtual and augmented reality – giving businesses at the forefront of creating and using such technologies a competitive edge.
To ensure your company benefits it is essential to future proof your network infrastructure. If the capacity isn’t there in your network, 5G will lead to a bottleneck and the benefits will drain away.very
And, of course, your busines will need to review its IT security as any changes in equipment and infrastructure always brings with it threats from people looking to attack your data.
UK Business IT can help to assess your IT needs going forward. For more information please call UK Business IT on 01782 264455, email Support@ukbusiness.IT