Arshdeep Singh Mundi, Managing Director, Netplus

The most recent mobile network being introduced globally is 5G. A huge transformation is already taking place that gives service providers and businesses the ability to reconfigure their business models and introduce cutting-edge solutions with 5G connectivity. Moreover, a paradigm shift is expected to alter the business in the following ten years with significant changes to operating brands, infrastructure, application models, and regulations. However, the widespread adoption of 5G communication networks in conjunction with other connectivity options will enable the fourth industrial revolution to bring forth positive outcomes. A wide range of opportunities will be available due to 5G’s key functional drivers, including improvements in service delivery, decision-making, and end-user experience.

In addition, the components, stakeholders, and interdependencies of the 5G ecosystem and the steps required to hasten the deployment of 5G and fully accomplish its promise have been identified. For every component, a set of difficulties was noted (spectrum, infrastructure, devices, services, impact, and security). To make sure that all the steps to speed up 5G deployment are coordinated, and the interdependencies are recognised, there needs to be strong collaboration between the many stakeholders. Moreover, strengthening the economic case for 5G by calculating the potential social value that can be generated is a crucial area for collaboration that needs input from all stakeholders.

Impact of 5G on various industries

Industrial 5G networks can accommodate the growing demand for business data and generation. With industrial automation and robotic control, such networks can be utilised to accomplish many important use cases in the manufacturing sector, resulting in smart factory solutions. Businesses can use industrial 5G technologies to track materials and products from start to end and simulate manufacturing processes. They can be used for immersive remote service, maintenance, or assembly operations. Furthermore, augmented reality applications, real-time machine-to-machine communication, and data monitoring for goods and services can also be their use cases.

Here are a few instances where 5G is impacting industries:-

Surveillance cameras

Surveillance cameras are getting more intelligent, networked, and sharper, thanks to 5G. They can now efficiently recognise faces, correlate them with millions of other photos, identify relationships, and forecast their activities using artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms due to high-speed 5G with minimal latency.

Content consumption, especially video and games

The most significant change of 5G is how people consume content. There is a sharp increase in content consumption across homes, offices, public spaces, and entertainment hubs with the introduction of ultra-high-speed 5G, providing a variety of possibilities. Video consumption is soaring as the internet rapidly replaces TV as the preferred content medium.

Healthcare services

The healthcare industry is going through an unparalleled digital revolution due to 5G’s support for high-resolution video consultation, assistance robots, and smart wearables. Moreover, with the help of cutting-edge video conferencing technology and virtual simulators, 5G is enabling doctors to work from anywhere in the world, saving more lives and positively impacting society.

Robotics and automation with edge cloud

With the advent of 5G, cloud computing is developing into a potent edge cloud, revolutionising every sector, particularly the robotics and automation market. It enables the processing and management of robots outside their physical framework, giving them more autonomy, flexibility and capabilities. To accommodate a variety of purposes and requirements, they can be effortlessly programmed and subsequently re-programmed. Robots can automate various tasks in industries like agriculture, manufacturing, healthcare, defence, retail, and among others, thanks to the 5G network and edge cloud.

Replacement of LAN

According to expert research, 5G will eventually replace the decades-old local area network (LAN) technology for supplying high-speed connectivity for businesses inside their premises, which will transform the game. This will happen due to 5G’s close resemblance to LAN speed. Moreover, the frequency of 5G will surpass that of LAN. The client-server architecture will experience a paradigm shift in usage and applications, especially cloud computing after LAN will be eliminated and replaced with 5G. Organisations won’t need to invest in and maintain costly servers any more, as 5G technology will leverage cloud for data storage and transit.

All things considered

Planning for the future is crucial, as many believe that 5G will trigger the fourth industrial revolution. Companies should take into account how 5G will affect the companies and how it can cause an industry disruption or open up new opportunities. Furthermore, forward-thinking businesses and leaders will now prepare for privacy and security concerns, rather than wait to address them as they arise. However, the adoption of 5G across the nation may take a few years, but once it occurs, data will be shared freely at previously unheard rates and volumes between more people, locations, and devices. Thus, new entrepreneurs and inventors will emerge as a result of 5G technology.