With each new generation of network technology, it’s not just the speeds that have changed but our conception of what’s possible. The first mobile networks let us make calls without cords. The second generation, 2G, made texting a part of everyday life. 3G gave us mobile web browsing on the go, and 4G marked the beginning of streaming and social media.
4G served businesses very well for years, with communications speeds and latency seeing vast improvements, opening up new possibilities. But even as these technologies give rise to greater efficiencies and new business models, many organizations are still being throttled by current network limitations.
Here are some key opportunities that application developers can look forward to, as they seek new ways to thrive in a brave new communications world.
The IoT and AI Revolution
Businesses are eager to take advantage of AI, machine learning, and IoT. But for systems to function seamlessly, they need access to a ton of data in real-time—something that modern connectivity doesn’t allow for. 5G will change all of that. Developers will be free of limitations, and opportunities will be fully realized in a way that current connectivity prohibits.
5G uses far less power, leveraging IoT sensors that can last for years. Further, with 5G antennas and cells able to support many more devices than 4G could, the number of IoT sensors collecting data will proliferate. 5G’s higher speeds and lower latency will allow more data to be processed without delay, while reaching thousands of devices simultaneously.
Network Optimization Needs
With 5G, networks will be optimized as practices such as network slicing become fully realized, not just for carriers, but for private enterprises deploying 5G networks. Network slicing is the process of using a portion of network bandwidth to prioritize a specific need, offering developers a chance to create applications for a range of functions for a single business.
Currently, one of the biggest burdens for B2B developers is the need to secure an application and the data it transmits. But with network slicing, this burden can be shouldered by the organization deploying the 5G network leaving developers with one less problem to solve and more time to focus on creating a 5G-enabled solution designed for the new way business is done.
Low Latency Advantages
5G is up to 20 times faster than 4G. But this latest generation of networks is hardly just “faster 4G.” Coupled with record-setting low latency, 5G’s speeds will allow developers to create applications that make the most of improved reaction times, such as near real-time video transmission for sporting events or security purposes.
Its applications like these—and many yet to be developed—that will tap 5G’s speed and latency improvements, altering a industries across the board, as we know it.