Why 5G? Because your business wants to do more, faster

Recently, I joined Verizon’s 5G Innovations Session at the award-winning State Farm Arena. The event brought together a wide range of non-telecom folks – Atlanta Hawks executives, Verizon Business customers and other industry-leading companies unfamiliar with 5G. Through a host of interactive experiences, customers were able to actively engage with 5G, learning new ways to streamline, secure and further connect their businesses. The excitement of the event was palpable. Attendees who started out as skeptics realized that 5G is not a pie-in-the-sky future technology. He’s here, now, and he’s ready to help businesses of all sizes, in all industries, digitally transform and take their business to the next level.

Why 5G? Because you want to do more, faster, all the time

I would dare to say that every business, including small and medium-sized businesses, is somewhere on the road to digitization. You intend to increase productivity. You deploy innovations like the Internet of Things (IoT) and leverage data to gather actionable insights into your customers and workflows so you can make more informed decisions and achieve more favorable outcomes. All of this requires robust, secure and reliable connectivity.

5G Fixed Wireless in addition to fixed broadband

Even if you’re at the start of your digital transformation journey, there are major benefits to including 5G in your plans. For example, 5G fixed wireless access (FWA) can be a more efficient and scalable alternative to fixed (wired) access. The 5G FWA can serve as a backup in the event of a service interruption on the fixed network. It is also a viable alternative for new locations or temporary situations such as construction sites. 5G fixed wireless is much faster to deploy and can be more economical than, for example, fiber in many deployment scenarios.

You’re probably familiar with the benefits of 5G: it’s designed for high capacity, capable of handling up to 1,000 times the connections and mobile data volumes of 4G. Throughput is fast, with data rates of up to 10 Gbps or more. Lower latency makes it crucial for new use cases such as advanced IoT, smart connected factories and others in manufacturing, automotive, energy and utilities, health, etc 5G is also very reliable and secure.

Importantly, 5G is a global standard, with a growing global ecosystem and global scale that drives down unit costs over time and improves interoperability. The upshot is that with 5G, you’ll deliver a better user experience with robust and widely supported technology.

The synergies of 5G with emerging technologies

We live in an age of innovation on many fronts: Mobile Edge Computing (MEC), artificial intelligence (AI), and machine learning (ML), to name a few that are particularly relevant to many industries. Combining them with 5G creates remarkable synergies and opens up use cases that could never have existed otherwise. A particularly relevant use case for enterprises is network slicing.

Network slicing enables innovation of new business models across industries. To create a sliced ​​network, we transform it into a set of logical networks on top of a shared infrastructure. Each logical network serves a defined business purpose and includes all network resources required, configured, and connected end-to-end. You get the best of both worlds: the experience of a dedicated private network, with all the benefits of service delivered over a public wide area network. The Network Slice is custom-built for your business, backed by the capabilities and ubiquitous coverage of a nationwide public network like Verizon.

Learn more about network slicing for businesses here.

Case Study: Delivering Fast, Mobile 5G Connectivity to First Responders

Here is a perfect example of 5G cellular response to fixed broadband networks failing. Public safety professionals and service members face difficult terrain and downed networks as they race to fight wildfires or respond to the devastation caused by hurricanes, tornadoes or floods. . Ericsson and Verizon Frontline have partnered to create a unique solution for critical first responders and the Department of Defense: the Tactical Humanitarian Operations Response (THOR) vehicle. Based on Ericsson’s mission-critical 5G deployable network solution, THOR is a mobile and private 5G Ultra Wideband (UWB) and MEC rapid response command center vehicle capable of deploying Verizon Frontline technology, including Verizon 5G Ultra Wideband , as well as additional applications and advanced computing solutions. Potential users include first responders and the Department of Defense.

5G is the right bet for the company

THOR illustrates how 5G technology can be creatively applied to solve extreme challenges when the right partners put their heads and resources together. But the real value of 5G is in everyday business applications that require the high capacity, high throughput, low latency, reliability and security of 5G.

Waves of new technologies are coming simultaneously. Each adds a new piece to our toolbox. As technologies like 5G and MEC mature, we will see the synergies between them multiply and expand in ways we can barely foresee at the moment. During the 5G Innovations sessions, for example, we wowed attendees with demonstrations of an interactive cityscape, facial recognition, near real-time crowd analysis, a holographic magician, autonomous shopping and 5G-accelerated fixed wireless access, all in the real world. apps available today.

Ericsson and Verizon are working hard to advance these advances for our enterprise customers. Our customers across all industries, from entertainment and manufacturing to finance and commerce, will benefit from the potential of 5G connectivity, discovering use cases and unlocking new ways to create, connect and share. to deliver a superior customer experience.

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