Picture this, a horde of ice goblins are marching towards Winterfell ready to engage in battle with Rick, Daryl and Michonne. The ice goblins have far better weapons, are physically stronger and have access to MUCH better internet on their phones. Who’s going to win that face-off?
Well, prepare to have the rug pulled from under your dragon as we replace Rick with 4G and ice goblins with 5G and give you some CONTEXT.
Yes, 5G is finally entering the battle and the effect on business communications will be felt for years to come. But is it coming as fast as we’ve been led to believe? I asked Goblin Master Simon Picken for his take on the matter:
“Make no mistake, 5G is on the horizon – Samsung has just released their first compatible range of phones and national carriers are communicating their plans to customers. However, it’s Apple who you really need to keep your eye on. Typically, Apple is the first to get these major innovations right and they’ve slated 2020 for their hardware roll out.
As defender of the dark arts teacher Severus Picken rightly points out, wide adoption of new technology usually coincides with Apple throwing their hat in the ring. This has been evident with 3G, 4G and to go even further back, touch screen technology and camera phones.
But with Samsung’s 5G compatible S10 range being released to positive reviews and with EE, O2 and Vodafone all lighting up cities in 2019, it may be available sooner than you think.
350 words to tell me 5G is coming? What a waste of time! What impact will it have on MY business?
Feisty one you are! Well outside of pure speculation, it’s difficult to say, especially as a report from PBS research said that 91% of new products and services using 5G have yet to be even invented. The same report goes on to say that 87% of those surveyed (great minds, leaders, me, etc.) expect new industries to emerge and increased business productivity as a result of the tech.
You just need to cast your mind back to the jumps between 3G and 4G to see how much business has changed. You can practically run your entire office on your phones now – whilst 4G fail-over is a genuinely reliable connectivity backup for when your business fibre goes down. Could you have said the same thing for 3G? Probably not.
Simon ‘Rider of Jargon’ Picken gives it to you straight:
“There is a lot of talk about different bandwidths and technologies but the real difference 5G will make is that the line between being on your home or work Wi-Fi and mobile will no longer exist. With fast, reliable access to the internet readily available, questions around working from home will no longer be a question of working from home but of working from anywhere instead. It will come down to company culture, not technology.”
Fascinating, but what about the economy, will 5G pay its debts?
Well, research from Qualcomm says that by 2035 5G is to underpin up to £9.3 trillion worth of goods and services from all industries across the spectrum, whilst the same research forecasts that 5G will boost global GDP growth by £3 trillion in between 2020 to 2035.
Even more fascinating! But what about rural connectivity, couldn’t that be better?
You got it kid! 5G technology will give rural communities access to much faster and much more reliable connectivity than ever before, giving home business owners opportunities previously unheard of.
Astounding! But what about –
Woah, slow down Jon, you know nothing it seems. I’m afraid I’ve got to get back to the real world. After all, 5G isn’t going to be hitting our shores for a couple months yet and I’ve got to catch up on Game of Thrones before the new series starts in April. Even better, when 5G does arrive, I’ll be able to stream it on my morning commute!