How 5G Will Change Your Small Business


The promise of 5G is that it will finally usher in the era of gigabit speeds for everyone. While most of the consumer market thinks about being able to download games and movies in seconds, there are some big implications for small business as well.

We’re still at the very beginning of the 5G era, with each wireless carrier laying out its own plans for what its network rollout will look like. The first cell phones with 5G capability just rolled out with the Motorola Moto Z3 and the 5G Moto Mod. Many more 5G devices will launch this year – an indication that it’s time to start paying attention to what this new era of mobility will bring.

Many focus on speed when it comes to 5G, and that is an important part of the equation. While the promise of gigabit speeds are exciting, one of the main transformative changes that 5G will bring is reduced communication delays.

Latency is how much time it takes for a data packet to get from one point to another. The more latency can be reduced, the better the many devices online can communicate. This will be important for businesses that rely on IoT (internet of things) technology, connecting multiple devices and sensors to provide insight into business operations and product placement and to communicate data about business operations. According to a report from Ericsson, there will be 18 billion IoT devices by 2022, with 1.5 billion of them operating on cellular connections.

Many in the industry are speaking of 5G as a significant leap forward for application types such as augmented reality and virtual reality, which will be able to operate with greater efficiency. These applications, along with gaming and rapid download of large files, are often reserved for a Wi-Fi connection currently, but 5G has the potential to make this technology work for many use cases and expand what businesses can do.

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