5G is all about business
The true power of 5G is that it is arriving at the same time as other digital technologies are maturing.
These technologies will be enabled by the faster speed and reduced latency of 5G and include
- software-defined networking
- the internet of things
- cloud computing
- machine learning
- artificial intelligence
- edge compute
It’s the unique convergence of technologies that makes 5G far more revolutionary than any earlier shift in mobile technology.
"There's nothing new in 5G for consumers. It's just faster speeds, perhaps...but what 4G did for consumers — introduced all of these social media applications, remote working capabilities... 5G will do the same for enterprises.”
Australian 5G business landscape 2020
We have shifted past the hype.
Over 10 million Australians are already living, working, or passing through a 5G network footprint every day.
The leading carriers are racing to roll out 5G towers focusing on major population centres. All carriers are claiming that up to 85 percent of the population will have access to 5G by the end of 2021.
The early adopters are now evaluating 5G opportunities and the first enterprise wireless 5G solutions are being deployed.
5G Action Plan for Australian business
As 5G technology gains momentum, CIOs and business leaders need to evaluate the technology which will enable a new era of intelligent connectivity.
This is a technology worth investing the time to review, as early adopters will be positioned to gain a competitive edge.
Chapter 1. 5G enables Industry 4.0
Chapter 2. Evaluating 5G for Business
Chapter 3. Current state of 5G in Australia
Chapter 4. 5G business use cases in Australia
Chapter 5. Australian industries facing 5G disruption
Chapter 6. Australian rollout calendar
Chapter 7. Australian barriers to adoption
Chapter 8. A 2020 5G Action Plan
Chapter 9. Cradlepoint 5G
Chapter 10. Case Study: Marine Rescue NSW
Chapter 11. Case Study: Medical Research Facility, Kemps Creek NSW
Chapter 12. Case Study: Los Angeles Summer Olympics 2028
How to evaluate 5G for business
How to translate the potential of 5G into real commercial opportunities, is the question that Australian business leaders need to evaluate in 2020.
A 5G Action Plan will leverage these five realities:
- 5G networks are highly scalable and can solve various existing pain points across multiple industries, as well as address completely new use cases and applications otherwise not possible with existing networks.
- 5G is about reacting to the market demand in a timely fashion by enabling new services to be launched in a matter of days, not months or even years, as is the case with today’s existing networks.
- 5G is about extending the capabilities of macro-cells and small cells beyond connectivity, and transforming them into intelligent computing hubs capable of bringing smart services close to the end user.
- 5G is more than just an access technology. It should be seen as a transformation tool capable of supporting flexible implementation scenarios across licensed and unlicensed spectrum and across public and private networks.
- 5G is about accelerating many other technologies and business models, helping them achieve their full potential and capturing brand new business opportunities. These are the assets the industry should focus on to unlock new business opportunities across the entire value chain.
5G enables Industry 4.0
All industrial revolutions have coincided with major technological revolutions, beginning with the steam engine, followed by electricity, and computing.
5G is being heralded as the enabler of the fourth industrial revolution – the connectivity revolution.
This is not a piece of marketing fluff. The Australian Government Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources has it’s own 5G Action Plan as part of its Industry 4.0 Taskforce and a TestLabs Strategy.
The Government has identified ‘connectivity’ as one of the four key drivers to enable Industry 4.0.
Industry 4.0 technologies have potential to provide a major boost to Australia’s economic competitiveness. They can substantially offset our traditional challenges such as high labour costs and distance to markets.
Benefits and opportunities include:
- better connectivity between customers and supply chains through real-time access to production information, logistics and monitoring
- greater flexibility for businesses to produce differentiated products and services to tap unmet consumer demands, compete in global markets and capture emerging opportunities
- enhanced workplace safety, production and improvements across the entire value chain
5G more than just a pipe
Unlike 4G/LTE, 5G will be more than just a pipe.
Intelligent connectivity is the promise of 5G.
5G has the capacity to deliver an unprecedented level of connectivity, between humans, between humans and machines, and machines to machines.
It represents a purpose-built technology, designed and engineered to facilitate connected devices as well as automation systems.
Big data, machine learning, artificial intelligence, and edge computing are poised to deliver unimaginable capabilities and 5G is the enabler for all these technologies.
With every G, we've had faster speeds. 5G will certainly bring that, but will bring so much more. It'll be at the core of enabling services that require low latency, no network slicing, and the ability to have different qualities of service depending on what you're trying to enable. 5G is truly revolutionary.”
The Pathway to 5G is wireless WAN
Waiting until the 5G network is fully deployed before acting shows a fundamental misunderstanding of the nature of 5G technology.
Unlike 4G, the activation of 5G is not a case of ‘flipping the switch’.
5G is a mash up of enhanced technologies, new spectrum, and advanced infrastructure. Although all these elements work together, they will roll out in different ways and at different times.
5G is more of a pathway than an event, and that pathway has two lanes – Gigabit-Class LTE and 5G.
Gigabit-Class LTE is an important element on the Pathway to 5G. Not only will it share a dual connection with 5G, but it is a significant performance improvement over 4G LTE. Because of this and the fact that it is rolling out faster than 5G, Gigabit-Class LTE will be the starting lane on the Pathway to 5G for a lot of organisations.