Are you up to speed with 5G? Are you ready to engage with your customers about the latest technology? Here’s our guide to the current state of play, what’s available right now and what we can expect in the not-too-distant future.
5G is rolling out. And at Digital Wholesale Solutions we’re here to help our partners take full advantage of the exciting business opportunities driven by this latest revolution in mobile communications technology.
That doesn’t just mean offering the full available range of 5G-ready hardware from leading suppliers. It also means delivering the guidance and support you need to offer an attractive 5G proposition to all types and sizes of business – now and into the future.
5G – the story so far
The 5th generation of mobile networks has been called a ‘game changer’. Naturally, the headlines are all about speeds of over 1Gb/s, exceptionally low latency and greater capacity, providing a super-improved online experience for users of mobile devices. Many experts claim that 5G should eventually deliver speeds of 10 Gb/s. That’s 100 times faster than 4G.
However, that’s just part of the story. With improved mobile voice and video communications, 5G also means more effective and more secure remote working for home workers and staff on the move. Often referred to as the ‘network of networks’, 5G is much more flexible and versatile than 3G and 4G. That means robust wi-fi connectivity, not just for mobile communications devices, but for all kinds of smart technology, from cars and home appliances to streetlights, transport systems and healthcare apps.
What’s on offer now?
The 5G networks roll-out began earlier this year and 5G is currently available in a number of towns and cities across the UK. Widespread national coverage is expected within the next two years or so.
EE, Vodafone, Three and O2 have already launched their initial 5G offerings in major cities, with a range of plans, including unlimited data options. O2 is the most recent to launch, beginning with areas of Belfast, Cardiff, Edinburgh, London, Slough and Leeds. They plan to bring their 5G network to 50 towns and cities by summer 2020.
Let’s talk hardware
Accessing 5G means having a compatible smartphone. So, it’s a great opportunity to upsell customers to a new mobile communications package, including hardware. There are currently eight 5G-compatible devices available from DWS, manufactured by Samsung, OnePlus, LG, Huawei, Xiaomi and the camera phone specialist, Oppo. Business-rich features include Samsung’s Infinity-O Display and S-Pen, as well as super-fast charging and enhanced security.
There are also two routers available, the Vodafone 5G GigaCube and the HTC 5G Hub. These enable set-up of a wireless 5G network for a number of devices in one location, so are ideal for temporary business sites and pop-up shops, and even as a backup for broadband/WiFi.
Tapping in to the 5G network means your customers can gain fast access to critical Cloud services and benefit from greater capacity for more devices. It’s also the enabler for taking video communications to the next level. Reliable video calls from anywhere will become a reality, and it will be much easier to produce, stream and live-broadcast high-quality video content.
A 2018 report by banking giant Barclays says that 5G could increase aggregate UK business revenues by between £8.3 and £15.7 billion by 2025*. In addition, recent research by Vodafone shows that 54% of start-ups are more excited about 5G than any other upcoming enterprise technology, with 60% believing it will help smaller, younger businesses compete with more established rivals**.
As with any major new technology, most businesses turn to trusted suppliers for reliable advice and the best solutions. That’s why it’s so important to be ahead of the curve and stay in touch with 5G as the rollout gathers pace. It’s a confidence builder for your current customers, as well as the perfect platform from which to launch new business development initiatives and target growth.
The only way is up
With greater productivity and efficiency, more effective remote working, better collaboration and improved customer relationship management, the 5G business case is a compelling one right now. As the technology evolves further, more opportunities will be there for the taking. Being at the front line of telecommunications, it’s vital that partners upskill and embrace everything 5G has to offer, today and in the near future. .
Over the next five to ten years, we can expect to see 5G really coming into its own, driving growth in transformative technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI) and virtual reality (VR). Intelligent connectivity is set to drive a fourth industrial revolution in which humans collaborate with computers and robots to continually optimise production and maintenance. End users will be able to experience a much richer, more immersive experience, with 4K and 8K video, holograms and augmented reality giving 360-degree views of live events.
You can trust Digital Wholesale Solutions to keep you in the loop. We’ll be there to support you as 5G evolves and the range of available hardware expands to include not just the latest feature-rich handsets, but also other devices such as tablets, AI glasses and VR headsets. The journey to a whole new world of mobile communications is just beginning. And we’ll be with you every step of the way.
*Source: 5G: A transformative technology, Barclays, 2018.
**Source: Go Beyond, Vodafone, May 2019