5G mobile connectivity can benefit cloud providers, their enterprise clients, and retail customers. The next generation of wireless communications technology is designed to provide faster download and upload speeds, much lower latency and far bigger load capacity. That’s why 5G is predicted to revolutionize cloud computing, affecting several industries all around the world in the next few years.
Autonomous cars and smart cities are just two prominent options that can take advantage of 5G’s low to 0 latency and real-time data transmissions.
Organizations across government, retail, BPO (business process outsourcing), banking and finance, health and medical industries are also expected to streamline their tools for big data analytics, artificial intelligence processing, and machine learning systems through this mobile wireless communications technology.
Cloud computing plays a crucial role in serving the real-time data access and computational resources that these groups require for their tools, products, and services.
5G Mobile Wireless Technology by Numbers
According to this June 2019 news story from Yahoo! Finance, the latest Ericsson Mobility Report points out that 5G is expected to make up over 1.9 billion subscriptions worldwide in the next 5 years. This also shows that over 45% of the global population is predicted to have access to 5G technology by the end of 2024. Plus, 5G networks are poised to carry at least 35% of global mobile traffic in the next few years.
5G is expected to be 50 times faster than what today’s 4G bandwidth can offer. This means it should only take around 10 seconds to fully download an 8 GB HD video. Another benefit of this new wireless connectivity is much lower power consumption, which translates into bigger benefits for enterprises that heavily rely on serving fast internet connectivity across hundreds to thousands of workstations per day.
This also means cloud computing can extend the functions of wearables and IoT devices with limited storage capacity and power resources, enabling manufacturers to offer more salient features to their target customers. So as a product designer, technology developer or service provider — you need to prepare for the revolutionary changes that 5G can bring to the world of cloud computing.
Knowing this can help put you several steps ahead of your competitors before this technology hits the mainstream.
How Can 5G Accelerate Cloud Development and Adoption
The three most significant ways to speed up cloud development and adoption during early 5G rollouts around the world include:
Enhanced Communication Among Industrial IoT Machines
In the manufacturing industry, companies are already using IoT machines for their product development, testing, quality assurance, and packaging pipelines. These devices communicate with each other, access and generate data, and send out alerts and notifications to a variety of personnel and workforce teams.
Over 50% of these manufacturers say they intend to integrate 5G communication protocols into their production systems. As a result, companies with multiple production outlets around the world are expected to implement this new wireless communications technology and their cloud computing resources into their factories, suppliers and logistics networks.
This can enhance the communication between the IoT machines in their production outlets, and also across their suppliers, contractors, warehouses, sales, and delivery partners. Also, 1 out of 5 manufacturers say they predict a 20% sales growth margin when they begin to use these technologies, which can further speed up the adoption of both 5G and cloud computing, globally.
Faster, Low Latency Communication Between Smart Home Automation Tools
5G can provide more seamless data transmissions between home automation devices, smartphones, enterprise, and private cloud networks. This is a drawback that has limited the growth and adoption of many smart home automation tools for many years now.
For example, modern identification devices that connect to cloud resources for securely accessing a user’s private database of known faces and voices can be equipped with much faster bandwidth resources to serve real-time features.
Plus, these home automation devices can last longer without the need to recharge them multiple times because 5G provides much lower power consumption. This produces more ubiquitous applications, which supports wider cloud computing adoption and development.
More Connected Healthcare Networks
Many public and private clinics, hospitals and medical research facilities around the world can transmit, store and use required data resources through cloud computing resources at much faster speeds because of 5G connectivity. This can also speed up the adoption and development of faster, more accurate early detection and intervention programs through artificial intelligence and machine learning technologies.
Plus, several advanced identity protocols can be used to enhance the security of these networks, such as face and voice identification, the blockchain and so on. But today, 4G LTE lacks the bandwidth resources for seamless utility in such use cases. This is where 5G can come in to speed up cloud computing development and adoption across the health and medical industries worldwide.
If your business operates in any of these niches and industries, then keep these things in mind to better prepare your organization for the revolution that 5G mobile connectivity is poised to bring to the world real soon. If you act faster than your competitors, then this might result in a much bigger market share for your business.