As 5G continues to build momentum leading up to its expected launch in 2019, service providers are looking for ways that this technology can drive value for their business.
The advent of this next generation wireless technology promises to boost connection speeds, increase bandwidth, and lower latency, all of which are the performance requirements needed to support high-value services and applications across a number of industries.
By leveraging 5G technology, service providers can unlock new opportunities and begin to realize the potential of this connected future. Here is a list of the top 5G use cases that you can expect to see in the market.
5G Use Cases
Video, video, and more video: When 3G was rolled out, the technology provided significant upgrades to network speeds and offered the capability to support video streaming to mobile devices. Since then, video has become an integral part of the mobile user experience. Now with 5G, a user’s video viewing experience has the potential to be taken to the next level.
Virtual reality has quickly become a massive phenomenon that provides a fully immersive experience to users. However, one of the hurdles of this new medium is it will consume up to 5 times more bandwidth than normal video. Luckily, 5G will provide the necessary bandwidth and instantaneousness in the network to enable 360 degree video streaming with 4K resolution. 5G will transform video delivery, imagine watching the World Cup this coming June from the best vantage point in the stadium, without leaving your house.
Enterprise IoT Connectivity: Similarly, 5G will help unlock new capabilities in manufacturing processes. According to an Ericsson report, there will be 20 billion connected IoT devices by 2023, with cellular connections accounting for 1.8 billion of those connections.
In a 5G-enabled “smart factory”, machines and applications will no longer rely on a wired connection but instead will be interconnected through wireless sensors, helping to improve efficiency and productivity. A key enabler of this industrial transformation will be the concept of network slicing. Slicing is the process of segmenting portions of the network tailored to a the requirements of a specific application. 5G infrastructure will be fundamental to supporting the complex ecosystem of connected devices.
Fixed Wireless: Indeed, 5G promises improved network performance, but it also offers service providers a more cost-effective way to expand coverage and capacity to their customers. As an alternative to building a wired connection, 5G technology can provide Internet access to homes and businesses by broadcasting a signal from a central tower to an on-site receiver.
By using an extremely high frequency, called millimeter wave, which operates in the 60GHz range, it’s possible to deliver a high-speed connection wirelessly.
Deliver Services with Confidence
In the world of 5G, there will be a plethora of connected technology that operations will need to manage. For example each 5G slice will need to be individually assured, increasing the amount of monitoring required. As a result, there will be a growing need for a new approach to service assurance, one that goes beyond the traditional capabilities of legacy systems to effectively monitor and assure increasingly agile and flexible networks.
Service providers are approaching a time where they must decide how they are going to harness the power of 5G. While service providers are encouraged by 5G’s potential, exactly how they leverage it to create new opportunities will be interesting to see.