After years of hype about gigabit speeds that let you download full-length movies in seconds, 5G is now a reality. But how will  a 5G network benefit your business and how can you prepare for its arrival to get first-mover advantage? Well, you’ll be happy to hear, businesses will certainly be sharing in the joy of this fantastic new technology.

The arrival of 5G won’t be defined by a single new technology or an immediate revolution. Rather, the potential of 5G will unlock the opportunity to develop more advanced technologies.

To start with, it will certainly improve the experience of remote working and collaboration. With over half of workers now choosing to work outside of the office, sometimes connecting, sharing and engaging teams can sometimes seem like a hard task to get on board with. But now this is no longer needs to be the case.

Enter 5G. Network-related tasks, such as online sales or sharing large files in the cloud will become faster and more efficient. Even on mobile devices without the need to connect to WiFi. In short, complex tasks will be performed quicker with fewer interruptions.

With faster speeds and lower latency, a 5G network uses different kinds of antennas, operates on different radio spectrum frequencies, connects many more devices to the internet, minimises delays, and delivers ultra fast speeds.

Do Your Homework 

As with any new technology though, it pays to do your homework before jumping in feet first. You need to prepare your business for 5G’s arrival. Knowing how you want to use 5G is much more valuable than being an early adopter who doesn’t.

Future-proofing your network infrastructure is also a must for any adopter of 5G. If the access network attached to 5G is poor, then you’re going to come up against major hold ups.

If you haven’t already, consider transitioning to a virtual network. The process of consolidating the physical hardware into a single software-based entity – which will be more fluid, dynamic and flexible.

5G is currently available in the following cities: Belfast, Birmingham, Cardiff, Edinburgh, London and Manchester. Later this year EE will launch in other areas, in Bristol, Coventry, Glasgow, Hull, Leeds, Leicester, Liverpool, Newcastle, Nottingham and Sheffield.

Vodafone is kicking off its 5G network in parts of Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Glasgow, Manchester, Liverpool and London. Later this year it will flick the switch in Birkenhead, Blackpool, Bournemouth, Guildford, Newbury, Portsmouth, Plymouth, Reading, Southampton, Stoke-on-Trent, Warrington and Wolverhampton.

For more information about 5G and your business, please give us a call on 0800 50 533 53. Alternatively, you can send us an enquiry online by clicking here. Or visit our Mobile Phones Product Page with information about managing your mobile phones, contracts and technology through us.

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