In the past three years, we have heard 5G is coming and it will change the world. Now we are ready for 5G and the 5G logo was seen in the corner of some phones. However, when we checked the data speed, it didn’t change much. Looking ahead to 2020, let’s separate the hype from 5G reality.
Today, if your phone is connected to WiFi, you will experience a rich data connection with a quality comparable to that of a computer. The promise of 5G is that you can always get this experience on your phone even without WiFi.
The audio and video experience will be faster and clearer than ever. Just five years ago, we struggled with slow download times and constant buffering. Today, we can watch videos on our phones just like we do on TV, and we can use mobile applications to perform almost all of our mission-critical tasks. These experiences, whether for personal or professional use, will only get better with the transition to 5G.
The better connectivity brought by 5G will improve all aspects of the mobile experience. Developers, designers, and content creators will benefit from the elimination of speed and bandwidth limitations. Users will experience cleaner and clearer connections. “Working from anywhere” will no longer mean that you must be in the office to be part of a team. 5G will drive improved collaboration and information sharing. Companies can hire the best people from anywhere in the world and stay connected through high-quality Internet and mobile devices.
Workers will also be able to be more autonomous. A recent report found that employee value autonomy and flexibility, employee satisfaction and productivity are top priorities. Opportunities to provide similar internal work experience outside the office will strengthen the recruitment and retention of top talent.
It is estimated that by 2025, 72.6% of Internet users will access the web via smartphones only. This change is already reflected in the way work is done. Salesforce’s Marc Benioff recently told Dreamforce listeners that he runs an entire billion-dollar company through his iPhone. Will 2020 be the year when people finally give up expensive desktop computers or office phones to pure mobile devices?
With more and more mission-critical tasks moving to the cloud, the idea of having people sitting at their desks from nine to five makes people feel medieval. With the popularity of 5G, people can increase productivity wherever they are and using any device. In fact, every industry will use better connectivity and better bandwidth to drive more immersive, deeper, and larger content. Once you can do this easily, everything will be better.
Even the heaviest data technologies are available on mobile devices. Think about it: virtual reality, multiparty video, and even AI. For example, Dialpad provides features such as voice guidance, which rely on AI to provide real-time notifications to speakers, making them slower or clearer. This feature is currently only available on the desktop version. But with more and more mobile connections to 5G, complex functions such as voice intelligence can be introduced into mobile solutions, freeing people from their desks.
Once we remove the restrictions on the UI and design of mobile devices, we will also see viable approaches. How we will accomplish more complex functions on the screen, this will be a real innovation of one tenth the size of a 12-inch laptop. Does your company employ a remote or distributed workforce that requires collaboration and integration workflows? 5G opens up the possibility of seamless screen sharing or video calls for fifty people from mobile devices. Faster data additions and availability mean our conversations will go faster and more seamlessly. These things have never happened before, not because of design, but because of restrictions imposed by our current network capabilities.
2020 and beyond
Proof will be in the application. Coverage is currently limited to a few areas in some cities. Each major operator has announced that it will first expand to densely populated areas by 2020, and then expand widely. According to the Ericsson Mobility Report, by the end of 2024, 5G users will reach 1.9 billion, of which 35% of traffic will be carried by 5G networks, and the technology will cover 65% of the global population. Such a huge impact on the infrastructure will require upgrading old hardware. This won’t happen overnight and there will be trouble along the way.
But we got there, 5G will not be the end, but the beginning. Mass production of this modern building allows us to take advantage of future innovations faster. Now, we can foresee the next wave of continuously improving network, computer processing and mobile chipset, and we are ready for 6G, 7G, 8G and so on. Moreover, companies that anticipate and accept this change will see a positive impact in 2020 and beyond.