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Are Industries & Enterprises in developing markets ready to hop on the 5G bandwagon?

When 5G truly becomes ubiquitous, it will herald a new era. One that will enable innovative use cases that were limited so far due to the absence of required wireless data transfer bandwidths. Experts predict that 5G will be a platform that will encourage the growth of innovative business models. 5G will completely change the way we live, work & play and will create new possibilities that will be limited only by imagination.

With data transfer rates at 100x more than 4G, 5G can help enterprises enable use cases in critical applications like digital healthcare as well applications in multimedia and autonomous automobile sectors.

The impact of 5G across industries

Considering the healthcare sector, Wearables can be used to predict and monitor the health of patients in real-time in homes. Before a person gets sick or has the likelihood of being sick, innovative models in telemedicine can be explored to help a person prevent the illness with close monitoring. 5G can help enterprises deliver the full potential of telemedicine. Given the pandemic situation, this will be helpful in the isolation and quarantine of patients.

5G will also enable advancement for the concept of Industry 4.0. Enabled by 5G, sensors embedded in machines will communicate in real-time their health status to companies. This will help firms conduct the required scheduled maintenance in a proactive manner and prevent breakdowns.

For the manufacturing sector, 5G offers several benefits. From fully enabling the concept of digital twins to using augmented or virtual reality for effective training and troubleshooting of potential machine-related issues, the sky’s the limit.

For the automotive sector, 5G will make autonomous cars a reality. This will also herald a new era of safety and anti-collision systems. In the banking industry, AI-enabled fraud detection systems powered by 5G can instantly detect and prevent fraudulent activities in real-time. The greatest potential lies in media and entertainment, where 5G can enable streaming of live sporting events to create new interactive experiences. The gaming industry is also looking forward to utilizing the potential using cloud gaming, VR-AR, live-streaming, immersive gaming experience and a lot more.

India & 5G

Easing the existing regulations across the world, support for companies to adopt 5G, subsidies for equipment manufacturers and buyers are all needed for the push at a global scale. Otherwise, we will face a massive divide in deploying and utilising the 5G network. With new opportunities and options, 5G also comes with a massive challenge which is privacy and data protection. Considerable efforts are to be made for the same.

With an encouraging government and an overwhelming digital mandate, India is leading the charge in getting everything connected. The country and its policymakers and industrialists alike are bullish on the huge potential and transformation that technology like 5G can bring to the Indian market.

When 5G has rapidly moved to commercial utilisation across the globe, Indian Telecom companies are trying to move ahead with trials and start deploying the network. Samsung, Huawei and Ericsson are partnering up with Indian firms for the same. India, with the world’s second-largest smartphone market, will not be able to wait long to embrace a nationwide 5G roll-out.

Airtel, Vodafone-Idea and Reliance Jio are neck to neck in rolling out 5G in India which is good news for consumers and small businesses alike. This will pave the way for digitalisation and wide connectivity on the global telecom map. Ericsson’s recent report assumes that over 26% of India’s Mobile subscribers will shift to 5G by the end of the year 2026. 

With eSIM integrated LTE/LPWAN IoT modules, Cavli Wireless is bringing to market the first-ever wireless communication modules to be designed and manufactured in India to power IoT applications in Smart Cities, Automotive, Energy & Utilities, Manufacturing, Healthcare, and Agriculture sectors across the globe.

Enterprises can design IoT solutions with eSIM integrated hardware and proceed towards mass Manufacture/production & scale-up powered by Cavli’s proprietary connectivity management cloud solution – Hubble platform.

The future belongs to 5G networks

The evolution of communication technologies from 2G/3G/4G to 5G is set to see tectonic shifts in both consumer & industrial sectors. In the years to come, we are set to witness large-scale automation of utility services, automobiles, and several smart city use cases.

Connected homes, healthcare wearables, smartwatches are the devices of the future whose adoption will undoubtedly grow with the performance and high-speed capabilities of 5G technology. 5G’s worldwide adoption is expected to change the dynamics and functioning of economies and markets, transforming the future of connected things. Now the next unprecedented scenario is if this network which is set to take over the world may have an adverse impact on the environment and ecology. It is early to place bets, but policymakers are not backing away and are most likely to wait out the rollout and see.

 

 

The author is Tarun Thomas George, Co-founder, COO, Cavli Wireless Inc.

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