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Recently, 5G has been in the news, possibly all for the wrong reasons. That is the involvement of Chinese telecoms equipment maker & tech firm Huawei and national security risks.
Regardless of who builds 5G, its coming and pretty soon. More and more people are asking me about how I think it might revolutionise staff mobile and IOT. 5G certainly offers a lot of new opportunities. Key is the speed being up to 10 times that of 4g and providing better use of bandwidth.
Latency is much reduced, which will make IOT a more practical reality, particularly for self-driving vehicles and the like.
For the staff mobile worker, in rural areas, I think the problem is likely still to be Not-Spots, and I would fully expect, as usual, 4G (urban/city) coverage areas, will be the first to see upgrades. I would prefer to see rural and Not-Spot areas prioritised for 5G in the UK, particularly where 'fibre to the cab' is uneconomic. This might truly free up office based staff from their desks, to selectively work from home, particularly in rural areas, where current connection speeds can be as low as 0.05mbs. Personally I have experienced speeds worse than this, just 4 miles outside of a good-sized town.
I certainly think we will be waiting 2-3 years until 5g really has the bulk of existing 4g coverage licked. They should be thought of as complementary though, in the way 3g still is currently.
Better coverage/speeds should mean that mobile workers in rural areas, will not need to have a whole days jobs upfront, from an underused intelligent dynamic scheduling tool.
Benefiting from just in time/job at a time, saving fuel, time and reducing carbon footprint. That's after Contractors have refreshed hardware to the latest, shiny devices of course, trades can show off in the pub to their mate, at the weekend!
5G? Yep, bring it on!
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