5G for Enterprise
In this chapter, we explore new ways in which the inherent flexibility of a 5G network lends itself to serve new industries. Increasingly, service providers are looking to the enterprise market as their first port of call to create new revenues from their 5G deployments. As consumer applications for 5G are widely considered to be less defined, service providers are focusing on introducing the efficiency gains enabled by 5G to new industries, such as manufacturing, energy, and healthcare.
Ten fold improvements to network speeds, combined with ultra-reliable low latency, means that IoT type applications that were only things of Science Fiction before can now be realised and appropriately commercialised.
Networks, especially in a cloud-based 5G context are becoming more flexible and open to partners than ever before. As 5G spectrum typically results in shorter coverage range than its 4G predecessor, rollouts may need to be more concentrated. Most likely, service providers will need an evolved network-sharing and roaming capability that did not exist with 4G. GlobalSIMs are expected to work everywhere and with 5G, a wider range of SIM-enabled or, more likely, e-SIM enabled devices will be expected to work everywhere. Devices themselves will be expected to simply work “out of the box” and “everywhere”. With a greater range of devices this will require openness, partnership and control at a level not seen before by the telecoms industry. It’s no surprise that AT&T and Japanese provider NTT Docomo have been moving ahead rapidly with 5G roaming.
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