Major American service providers are still in the process of rolling out their 5G networks, but if enterprises want to take advantage of the developing 5G ecosystem, the time to act is now. By next year, there will be an estimated 122 million 5G subscriptions in North America. It’s believed that 2022 will be a pivotal time for American enterprises to take advantage of 5G opportunities as part of a horizontal business foundation.
Here are 6 ways US enterprises can immediately take advantage of 5G networks. These are opportunities that are ready for implementation at scale across a variety of industries:
1. ENABLE 5G-BASED PERSONAL COMMUNICATION FOR ALL
Companies should migrate their entire workforces to 5G-powered smartphones to ensure employees can take full advantage of the modern communication environment and new productivity applications. Considering the average lifespan of enterprise phones is 2.52 years, failure to upgrade to 5G smartphones in 2022 will restrict you to older technology until 2025.
2. ENSURE REMOTE WORK CONNECTIVITY WITH 5G HOTSPOTS AND FIXED WIRELESS
Leveraging 5G mobile hotspots and fixed wireless, companies can help accommodate dispersed workforces, including employees outside the fiber footprint. Only 16.4% of Americans had fiber-based broadband as of 2020, however, nine months into the COVID-19 pandemic, nearly 42% of the American workforce was working remotely. More than 36 million of these employees will still be fully remote in 2025.
3. DEPLOY 5G-ENABLED PCS FOR DESK-LESS WORKERS
A growing number of professionals are constantly on the move, 60% of the total US workforce (93.5 million Americans) is expected to be desk-less by 2024. By 2025, sales of 5G-enabled PCs are expected to represent 69% of the market, so get ahead of the game.
4. DEPLOY 5G FOR WIRELESS BRANCH OFFICES
The evolution of 5G has opened up the opportunity for small and mid-size branch offices to rely on wireless paths for both primary and backup branch office access. It was found that only 14% of buildings with fewer than 20 employees are fiber lit, compared to 69% of buildings with more than 20 employees.
5. UNLEASH 5G INNOVATIONS AT MAJOR CAMPUSES
A growing number of enterprises and universities are opening 5G innovation labs to help bring an application from proof-of-concept to full-scale validation. This can help organizations evaluate 5G applications before enterprise-wide rollouts, allow them to showcase innovations to customers and partners, and facilitate the co-creation of 5G applications with partners.
6. INTRODUCE 5G FOR INDUSTRIAL APPLICATIONS
The era of Industry 4.0 is here, thanks to 5G-enabled automation. Cellular wireless connectivity is quickly becoming essential infrastructure for industrial use in mining operations, logistical hubs, to assembly lines and elsewhere. Don’t wait any longer, take advantage of 5G today!