How 5G connectivity will benefit small businesses
Many of the UK’s major mobile networks are expected to rollout 5G connectivity by the end of 2019. The rollout will begin in the springtime, with London, Edinburgh, Birmingham, Manchester and Cardiff the first to avail of the technology. Towards the end of the year, 5G is expected to be implemented across a further ten cities: Sheffield, Hull, Leeds, Newcastle, Bristol, Coventry, Glasgow, Leicester, Nottingham and Liverpool.
Small businesses are expected to take advantage of this advancement in connectivity, with improved communications between customers, clients and colleagues promoting more streamlined working processes. Here are just four ways that small businesses could benefit from the rollout:
Tasks can be carried out quicker
If your business relies on network-related tasks, such as sharing documents via the cloud, productivity can suffer if colleagues on the road don’t have access to a suitable internet connection. As good as 4G is, it’s not perfect for things like video conferencing. With 5G, the ability to improve efficiency of field representatives will result in lower overheads and increased productivity.
Innovation will thrive
Better connectivity will result in more competitive, innovative and resilient businesses. For example, an architect would be able to visit a client at a building site and deliver a 3D presentation of a walkthrough of their latest design using 3D glasses and a smartphone – all beamed down in real-time from the cloud.
Recruitment processes will improve
5G technology will undoubtedly remove recruitment barriers. Businesses will have the ability to interview, shortlist and recruit the best talent from all over the world. Improved connectivity means an increase in social video conferencing – and this ultimately means employees will be able to work remotely with greater input than ever before.
The Internet of Things will expand business capabilities
5G networks have been designed to cope with the increasing connectivity needs of the Internet of Things (IoT). This will allow employees to carry out complex tasks – such as operating machinery – directly from their smartphones.
Of course, the 5G rollout means that the lines between IT and telephony are blurring. Smartphone technology is likely to drive the next phase of business development, which brings with it a need for increased bandwidth, security and high quality service.
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