Use the 5G Force, Luke

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Tapping into the potential of 5G networks to create brand new, highly collaborative business propositions

5G is so fast and agile, not even a Jedi light saber can beat it. But the huge improvements in bandwidth and latency are not the only drivers that spark the revolution. With so many more people, devices, things and entire organizations soon connected in real time, there are so many brand new, collaborative business opportunities. Whether it’s on the road, in the air, at sea, in cities, factories, in warehouses or at home; the phenomenal ecosystem power of 5G enables man and machine – or machine and machine – to work together in previously unthinkable ways. So, don’t just get blinded by the blistering speed: look at the much broader potential of a hyper-connected world. May the force be with you.


  • 5G will have a massive impact – not just because with 5G you will get 1GByte/s at your fingertips, it is also because latency will be significantly lower (the “ping” time) as well as the number of handsets that can use the network at the same time in one square kilometer is 450 times higher than with 3G or 4G. In other words, there is more data, faster and constantly available.
  • But 5G won’t just improve the bandwidth. Reaching the 1Gbs, the 10Ggbs will boost the streaming business for gaming and video conferencing.
  • 5G will also allow for more concurrent connections; 4G supported max 4,000 concurrent devices per square kilometer; 5G will support up to 1 million concurrent devices
  • 5G will serve both IoT and broadband services through several requirements, including specifically energy efficiency.


  • Some cities have already begun their 5G experience. San Marino deployed a 5G network with Ericsson, and as of July, Beijing had already constructed more than 7,800 5G base stations.
  • Huawei Technologies, China Eastern Airlines and China Unicom have joined forces to introduce a 5G-based smart travel system at the new Beijing Daxing International, which supports the facial recognition technology.
  • Audi started testing 5G as a solution for robotic motion control use cases. Though the trial is ongoing, results thus far have been “very satisfying,” according to Henning Löser, the head of Audi’s Production Lab. (Capgemini Research Institute)
  • Situation monitoring trial of blue-greenalgae conducted on trial basis with the help of drone, 5G network and computer vision.
  • Doctors in a Beijing Jishuitan hospitalconducted the successful remote orthopedic surgery using robotic and 5G technology on a patient at Tianjin First Central Hospital, which was 136 kilometers away.


  • The impact of the 5G network is vast, including massive streaming bandwidth and ability to connect billions of objects (IoT), delivering low latency and high availability services for autonomous cars to name a few.
  • But we cannot deny the impact on the environment through energy consumption. Downloading gigabits of data through Game or video streaming is increasing our Carbon Footprint drastically andconnecting billions of objects to fulfill data lakes centers requires a new way of architecting our digital world.
  • Edge computing and AI could be an answer by computing data on the cloud edge, onboarding AI within IoT chips will avoid sending so much data to the cloud. After the Mainframe architecture, the 2 tiers and 3 tiers, Edge AI Computing could become the new architecture standard.
  • But the most valuable answer is to come from us, the end consumers. Do we need to use so much bandwidth just because it is there? Or do we want to move to a leaner digital world? Only time will tell.


  • Papers and Specifications: Capgemini Research Institute: 5G in industrial operations, ETSI: Why do we need 5G, ITU: 5G Requirements , 3GPP 5G specifications
  • 5G handsets: Samsung Galaxy S10 5G, OnePlus 7 Pro 5G, Moto Z3 and Z4, Huawei Mate X, LG V50 ThinQ, iPhone 12

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Patrice Duboe

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