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What Does 5G Mean for a Mobile Workforce

5G is the next generation of mobile phone network connectivity

In today’s mobile world, there are few things more important than a fast and reliable connection. That’s why businesses of all sizes have been eagerly awaiting the arrival of 5G – the new generation for connectivity that promises to bring lower latency, better speeds, and new opportunities to the world.


The question is, what does the arrival of 5G connectivity really mean to the employees of today and tomorrow. Could this new technology make remote and mobile working easier than ever before?


What is 5G Technology?

Compared to the previous option, 4G, 5G can deliver higher connection speeds (up to 10 times faster), and lower latency (response times) for your teams. Additionally, many mobile experts believe that 5G also provides greater reliability and bandwidth than we could ever access before.


For the consumer world, 5G means that downloading a 4k movie to your phone would take seconds, rather than minutes. In the business environment, a 5G connection could ensure that you can share hefty files with your colleagues, and collaborate over video in seconds, without worrying about lag. 5G will also increase the carrying capacity of today’s mobile masts so that more people can connect at the same time, without peak-time disruptions.


Transforming the Mobile Work Environment

As mobile working strategies grow increasingly popular, and the traditional office space continues to disappear, 5G could make a massive difference to business operations. For mobile workers, 5G will make it easier to access office-level Wi-Fi speeds on the go.

You’ll have the opportunity to download documents in an instant and work with teams on the go in real-time, not worrying about having to wait for a message or document to load. 5G will even make it easier to connect to your office in crowded areas like main cities and coffee shops because you won’t be fighting for bandwidth with other mobile users.

In the years to come, 5G could even ensure that businesses are more able to tap into things like AR and VR for better communication and collaboration.


What is the Status of 5G Deployment Today?

All major wireless networks in the US became more reliable over the last year. This was mainly due to investments in network infrastructure setting the stage for 5G rollout according to a new study from J.D. Power.


The bigger picture: The accelerated rollout of 5G over the rest of 2019 and into 2020 and beyond will mean that telecom providers will have to change the way they talk about their networks.


Businesses will also need to supply their mobile and field workers with new smartphones that feature a 5G modem. There are currently a handful of these devices on the market, and they’re quite expensive, as they offer access to top-of-the-line technology. It’ll be a while before 5G becomes a more affordable tech for smaller brands.


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