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How will 5G impact the IT area?

The arrival of the 5G era is generating a lot of excitement – and for a good reason.

One of the areas that will feel the strong impact of 5G is Information Technology (IT). The next generation of wireless communication represents an opportunity for companies to reshape the way they provide connections for all types of users.

This is a big deal. Mobile connectivity and empowering your remote workforce have never been more crucial to business success. The rise of advanced mobile networks means that companies are moving from a world still wrought with outdated technology to one where true mobility dominates.

Keep reading to understand what these impacts will be!

What is 5G

To understand 5G, it is crucial to understand what came before it. 

1G and the beginning of everything

Generally speaking, the first generation of mobile technology (1G) was dedicated to voice. The ability to use a phone anywhere really took root and quickly became a reality. 

2G, 3G, and 4G: the rapid jump in connectivity

The arrival of 2G introduced a layer of short messages – some of which can still be seen in today’s text messaging capabilities. The move to 3G provided the essential network speeds for smartphones. And 4G, with its impressive data transfer rates, has given rise to many of the connected devices and services that we trust and enjoy today.

The next generation: 5G + IoT

The discussion around 5G technology is about delivering life-changing technology over the next generation of networks. 

We can say that 5G is the next generation of mobile internet connectivity. Ultra-fast speeds and more reliable connections on smartphones and other devices.

To get an idea, the cutting edge technology of 5G should offer connections with average download speeds of around 1GBps.

Networks will help drive a massive increase in Internet of Things (IoT) technology, providing the infrastructure needed to transport large amounts of data.

Differences in speed and latency

5G is believed to be smarter, faster, and more efficient than 4G. It promises mobile data speeds that far exceed the fastest home broadband network currently available to consumers. With speeds of up to 100 gigabits per second, 5G is configured to be 100 times faster than 4G.

Low latency is a vital difference between 4G and 5G. Latency is the time between when information is sent from a device until the receiver can use it. 

5G works with reduced latency. This means that:

  • You can use your mobile device connection as a replacement for your Wi-Fi modem.
  • Downloads and uploads will be quick and easy without having to worry about network failure. 
  • You can watch a 4K video almost immediately, without having to experience any buffer time.

5G may also correct bandwidth problems. Currently, there are so many different devices connected to 3G and 4G networks that there is no infrastructure to deal with their requests efficiently. 5G will be able to handle current devices and emerging technologies, such as driverless cars and connected household products.

It’s important to remember that these scenarios are still theoretical, and it will take a lot of investment by governments and mobile network operators to make them a reality. The security aspect of 5G needs to be clarified. With a more significant number of users and improved services, 5G opens the door to a new threat. Governments and mobile operators must ensure that they have sufficient security so that 5G can be implemented.

But don’t worry, there is still time to prepare your company for 5G. 

It will arrive much sooner than you would expect, and companies need to be prepared to take advantage of it by getting ahead. Want to know how? We have prepared a step by step guide for you here! 

What changes in IT with 5G

5G is a potentially disruptive wireless networking technology that offers low latency and high bandwidth connectivity. With this, you can expand Internet connectivity options exponentially – compared to the wired options we currently use.

Check out the most significant impacts of this new technological reality:

  • Smart IoT devices – It is expected that the number of IoT devices will increase with the launch of 5G. Thus, companies that focus on IoT can expect this to leverage capabilities such as:
    • Development of infrastructure diagnostic systems
    • Vulnerability Reduction Devices 
  • Network Slicing – The multiple uses of emerging technologies and services provided by businesses will require a flexible network that provides a better user experience. With 5G technology, companies will be able to create multiple virtual networks with just one physical system. This network slicing can help provide an end-to-end virtual system, covering the network and computing and storage functions. With 5G connections, enterprises can offer consumers a broader experience. 
  • Multi-Access Edge Computing – Through 5G technology, multiple access Edge Computing will help to decongest companies’ crowded networks, supporting hundreds of devices at once. This cloud-based network architecture will increase the overall performance of corporate networks. In addition to handling large data loads and delivering results in real-time, Edge Computing will also protect user data through local computing (unlike the centralized networks we currently use).

Get ready for 5G 

A survey of technology buyers in the United States and the United Kingdom found that 32% of companies have plans to buy new 5G-enabled devices after the service is available in their area.

Thus, entrepreneurs must be prepared. 

Five steps to 5G

Still don’t know where to start?

Here are the initial steps that experts say can help prepare companies for 5G.

  • Create a digital strategy and consider 5G within it.
  • Check that your existing systems are ready for the transition to 5G. 
  • Start moving your systems and services to the cloud. 
  • Think about the new technological opportunities 5G can bring to your business.

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