Deep Dawar, Sector Head of Telecom, Media and Gaming at Capgemini in the UK, shared his thoughts on the direction he thinks 5G will follow.
Firstly, what is 5G, and how does it differ from 4G?
“5G is fifth generation cellular signaling technology, which will use higher frequency signals (compared to 4G) using array of cell site which will better 4G by providing higher data peak rate (up to 20gb/s), higher capacity (ability to service more devices per sq mile/km) and lower latency, which if you think about, is a key for any industry that depends on multiple connected devices working in tandem with each other. For example, think about a car manufacturing plant employing multiple robots and all of them connected at the same time, sending and receiving real time data around their performance, inventory usage and potential issues coming up in the factory, etc.’’
How can these three areas mentioned above contribute to the success of organisations?
“We expect 5G to initially be used by businesses which depend on real-time network availability and require high availability and lower network latency. This is because 5G will also enable more devices per square mile to be connected in comparison to 4G. Industries which require multiple devices to connect and work in real time, such as manufacturing, shipping and healthcare, will be particularly impacted by 5G. For example, robots working in a car manufacturing plant, shipping robots sorting packages, real time imaging requirements for remote medication needs, will all benefit from 5G network availability to provide services.”
We’ve already seen a few organisations rolling out 5G this year, but when do you think we can expect to see other operators to launch it?
“We expect 5G to evolve as service, arriving at different times in different countries and for different industries. Within the UK, around 60-70% of telecom operators are expected to launch 5G over the next 3 years – we expect this to roll out at different locations at different times given the network intensity needed. We also expect network sharing becoming a common place between operators – having such arrangements will also add to full roll out of 5G. Further 4G assets are still underutilised so it will be interesting to see how the 5G take up works in UK (and indeed across Europe).’’