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5G: The Next Step Towards an Always-connected Future

5G: The Next Step Towards an Always-connected Future

Posted by HSSL Technologies on Apr 27th 2022

5G is more than just “fast.” While some sources describe 5G as 10X faster than 4G, it isn’t just about speed alone.

Such a simple concept and one we all recognize as part of the human experience. In our professional lives, connectivity is playing an evolving role, as individuals and teams become more mobile – working, sharing and collaborating from anywhere.

5G has never been more relevant than it has in the past two years. In the United States alone, major telecommunications providers have rolled out large scale 5G services, new greenfield 5G network plans are in the works, and enterprises are queuing up impending private 5G deployments. The number of 5G connections is expected to grow to over a billion by 2023, from a baseline of roughly 10 million in 2019 . And we predict that enterprises will drive the pace of 5G adoption. Here’s why:
5G is More Than Just “Fast”

While some sources describe 5G as 10X faster than 4G, it isn’t just about speed alone. Sure, downloading a full-length movie in seconds on 5G ahead of a long flight is impressive, but it’s hardly the “killer application” that will drive mass adoption. What is a potential game-changer, however, is the way organizations can use 5G to take advantage of the strengthened security, increased bandwidth and reduced latency benefits.

Security: 5G features 256-bit encryption, making it a more secure connectivity option over 128-bit encryption on 4G, thereby making the company’s data safer. 5G offers a more secure experience compared to public Wi-Fi networks like those found in airports, hotels and coffee shops. Those unsecured networks can often expose companies to cybersecurity threats like ransomware and hacking.
Bandwidth: More bandwidth leads to less time in limbo as employees wait for file transfers to finish. Not to be confused with speed, bandwidth measures how much information can be sent or received at once. While many customers usually exchange small file sizes with each other, 5G bandwidth is helpful for those in specialized roles – for example architects or engineers sharing large chunks of data like CAD, BIM and 3D visualization project files, or creators sharing their latest version of an edit.
Latency: Key to achieving real-time performance, the reduced latency on 5G is the only option for time-sensitive decision-making. For customers like emergency responders or specialists like mountain rescue, uninterrupted connectivity in remote locations can be the difference between life and death for those they are trying to help. You can easily picture how 5G can help broader healthcare services like telesurgery, where it may not be possible for specialists and patients to be in the same location. Reduced latency can also benefit customers in other fast-paced industries like finance. As 5G becomes more prominent, we’ll see organizations find new ways of using it to deliver better products and services.

Always Connected

Our engineers and software specialists have been designing for hybrid work lifestyles for the last few years. We’ve combined high-quality, light devices with in-built intelligent features like Dell Optimizer software which enhances the performance of your system. This includes ExpressConnect, which maximizes network speed by automatically connecting to the strongest access points, plus users can get up to 30% lower latency and 3x less buffering.¹ This means that 5G-ready devices like our Latitude 9420 and Latitude 9520 laptops are the foundation of an always-connected experience, making them a great option for the increasingly nomadic workforce of today. Ultimately, choice is key, as employees seek seamless and dependable connectivity options that fit their lifestyles. Here are some of the innovative connectivity options available: