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How 5G Will Shape The Future of Enterprise Mobility

November 15, 2019

by Harikrishnna Kundariya

Co-Founder, eSparkBiz

5G offers businesses greater flexibility when it comes to remote working, mobile apps, cloud services, and IoT devices.

Every year, more people come to rely on mobile and the connectivity it offers users. 

From 2015 to 2018, mobile users increased from 4.15 billion to 4.57 billion and is projected to reach 4.78 billion by 2020. 

Mobile users are increasing every year.

With this many users, any mobile upgrade holds the potential to revolutionize the mobile industry, and this is what 5G was intended to do, with its unparalleled speed and connectivity support. 

5G networks deliver speeds up to 20x faster than 4G long term evolution (LTE) and also supports 100x more devices per kilometer with lower latency. 

This speed allows more users to stream rich, real-time audiovisual data wirelessly such as the Internet of Things (IoT), augmented reality (AR), and virtual reality (VR). 

5G will create new opportunities and use cases for industries such as healthcare, transportation, manufacturing, and smart cities by boosting business mobility and accessibility of data. 

Enterprise mobility allows employees to work from anywhere using a variety of applications and devices – This is especially important because it gives your employees flexibility and improves job satisfaction which leads to increased productivity. 

Top 6 Ways 5G Will Shape the Future of Enterprise Mobility

  1. Remote Working Will Be Faster and Easier
  2. Apps Will Run Faster and More Smoothly
  3. Cloud Services Will Become More Accessible
  4. IoT and Connected Devices Will Offer Valuable Data
  5. AI, VR, AR Will Become More Accessible Within Apps
  6. Mobile Security Will Become a Top Priority

Remote Working Will Be Faster and Easier

According to Owl Labs, 16% of global companies are fully remote whereas 40% offer a combination of in-office and remote work, which is in-line with what most employees prefer. 

Would Employees Rather Work Remotely of In-Office?

When given a choice of work-locations, 29% of employees opted for their work to split evenly between working remotely and in-office, 20% said they preferred mostly remotely work with some in-office time, and 24% said they preferred mostly in-office work with some remote work. 

Remote working is a new trend in the industry, and more companies are unraveling the benefits of having a remote team. 

Now that 5G is available, the speed and work conditions will improve and make the connectivity issues that once plagued remote workers a thing of the past. 

Apps Will Run Faster and More Smoothly

Mobile networks have come a long way since 1G was introduced in 1981. 

Both 1G and 2G did not offer data transfer and storage capabilities. In 1998, however, 3G made it possible for mobile users to send and save files on their devices. 

Evolution of Cellular Networks

This was improved in 2008 with the arrival of 4G which increased the memory size from 256 MB to 6BG and the data transfer capability from 21.6 megabytes per second (mbps) to 1 gigabyte per second (gbps).  

In 2018, 5G took this a leap further by offering 20 gbps for data transfer. This means that mobile apps can run smoother and faster.  

To get the most out of 5G benefits, businesses need to upgrade their apps to support technologies previous networks weren’t able to easily support, such as virtual reality (VR). 

The upgraded apps will allow the businesses to serve their customers and employees more quickly and reliably, helping them scale. 

Cloud Services Will Become More Accessible

Major cloud vendors such as Ericsson and Nokia have already buckled up by acquiring additional tools as well as platforms to support mobile development. 

5G's network slicing will allow for an enhanced device-to-device communication experience. In a nutshell, network slicing is responsible for enabling service providers to build virtual end-to-end networks tailored to application requirements.

Cloud services include: 

  • Storage (e.g., Google Drive and OneDrive)
  • Servers (e.g., GoDaddy and Bluehost)
  • Networking (e.g., Amazon Web Services and Google Cloud Platform)
  • Databases (e.g., Azure by Microsoft)
  • Analytics (e.g., Zoho Reports and Microsoft Power BI)
  • SaaS software (e.g., Dropbox)

This allows businesses more room to innovate and scale by offering flexible resources.

Cloud services offer you a high degree of virtualization for all kinds of businesses, especially applications and mobility features.

IoT and Connected Devices Will Offer Valuable Data

5G will let you connect multiple devices without service interruption, paving the way for a broader data spectrum. 

This will by far one of the most significant advancements in the mobile industry because it will make collecting, verifying, and analyzing data easier and less time-consuming. 

By using this data, businesses can effectively engage with your customers. For example, with the help of connected devices and a reliable 5G connection, your employees will be able to manage the data (collecting, verifying and analyzing) in real-time and in turn will be able to assist the customers in a much better way.

AI, VR, AR Will Become More Accessible Within Apps

5G will boost the usage of Artificial Intelligence (AI), Virtual Reality (VR), Augmented Reality (AR) as well as video conferencing within applications. 

Businesses can run all these services through the applications because 5G is faster, more reliable and capable of running all these smart services at once, ultimately providing your customers with a better experience.

Mobile Security Will Become a Top Priority

When it comes to analyzing the effects of any new technology, security can’t be ignored. While 5G offers the possibility for new services, features, and technologies, it can also bring about new security threats. 

However, this aspect isn’t ignored by industry experts who are developing new security measures.  For example, threats related to the maintenance of vulnerability and security configurations can be tackled by building a security orchestrator that can connect security tools and integrate disparate security systems.

These measures will help businesses develop their security systems and ensure the data they collect and store will be kept safe. 

5G Allows Enterprise Mobility to Take a Step Forward

Predicting the future isn’t possible, but it is possible to make an informed guess by analyzing the data available and consulting with IT professionals

5G offers mobile users a faster and more reliable experience and offers businesses and their employees greater flexibility. Businesses that want to step into the future must upgrade their apps to be able to support more complex technologies and find a reliable service provider. 

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