What 5G will mean for small businesses

Mobile connectivity is a top priority for businesses that want to build strong relationships with their clients. The latest developments in technology now bring us 5G, which is set to transform and optimize the way enterprises of all sizes work.

Short for fifth-generation wireless systems, 5G is a broadband solution that promises reliable and lightning-fast internet speeds.

According to a study by Accenture commissioned by the Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association, there will be 16 million 5G connections by the end of 2026, and businesses will spend over $26 billion on 5G network infrastructure adoption. But what does it really mean for your enterprise?

#1. Faster connection speeds with low latency

If your business relies on cloud platforms such as Office 365, G Suite, or iCloud, 5G will ensure seamless performance and improve efficiency due to its faster connection speeds. Businesses should expect to see download speeds of over 500MBps, which in theory is five times faster than current 4G networks.

5G also offers reduced latency, which enables your networks to process a high volume of data with minimal delay. For instance, if your employees are using your internet connection to download large applications, they’ll experience virtually no lag and your company won’t suffer a huge dip in bandwidth.

#2. Enhanced business communications

Once 5G is offered by major telecom providers, the opportunities for businesses and consumers alike will be enormous. The technology enables ultra high-definition video conferencing and accessing resource-intensive applications.

Moreover, the technology also presents a whole range of possibilities for internal communication between employees. Let’s say one of your workers needs to share a large file with another department. Typically, it may take some time for them to successfully transfer the data. However, thanks to 5G, they will be able to send it within a few seconds.

#3. Better cloud computing

Cloud adoption has been steadily rising with businesses over the past few years. According to the 2018 IDG Cloud Computing Study, 77% of enterprises have at least one application or a portion of their IT infrastructure in the cloud. In turn, the increased reliance on cloud-based applications has led to a need for faster and more reliable internet connectivity.

Through 5G, computers and other devices can effectively communicate with the cloud in real time. For example, your enterprise may be reliant on cloud technology to process payments. Your organization can then experience better productivity and sales because of speedy and more dependable connections.

5G also improves security. When it comes to disaster recovery planning, backing up your files to a virtual server is of utmost importance. With 5G, large amounts of data can be backed up in virtual servers more quickly. This makes it possible for a real-time backup for businesses, which can help with instant recovery should disaster strike.

#4. Improved IoT capabilities

5G networks are suited to handle the growing connectivity needs of the Internet of Things (IoT). As more and more of these devices become increasingly vital to your business’s daily operations, your infrastructure simply won’t be able to support all your current devices, but with 5G, supporting your smartphones, laptops, and tablets won’t be a problem. In fact, it will also pave the way for sensors, appliances, digital displays, and wearables to be incorporated into your network.

5G will also be more energy-efficient than existing network standards, resulting in improved battery life for the devices in your infrastructure.

Is your business ready for 5G? Here at Dyrand Systems, we keep you up to date on the latest technology developments and recommend advanced solutions that align with your business goals. Call us today to get cutting-edge technologies that minimize costs, service delays, and downtime.