5G was designed to be business outcome-driven. Putting the technical benefits aside, the scenarios where 5G can truly enable and accelerate digital transformation are around:
• Transporting growing volumes of data, where you need enhanced broadband to cope with the limited time available to transport an ever-growing amount of data. eMBB will help you download gigabytes of data in seconds.
• Mission-critical applications, where to address the challenges of autonomous (or self-driving) vehicles, you need a reliable and low latency network. URLLC will help enable applications where even a millisecond of delay can cost money, or even compromise the safety of pedestrians or cyclists.
• Managing devices and sensors, where to run a smart factory, you need to be able to handle the increase in the density of sensors and devices. mMTC can handle the billions of sensors and allow them to communicate more efficiently and freely.
• Prioritising network traffic, where network slicing provides for dedicated logical/virtual networks for specific functional requirements (e.g., eMBB slice or URLLC slice or IoT slice).
5G is not only about wireless connectivity. When you look at the order of magnitude of performance improvements relating to data throughput, connection density, and, of course, lower latency – it’s quickly apparent that 5G will support new data demands across the core to edge-to-cloud and extract the true value of data generated across the chain.
If you put 5G and those performance improvements in the context of areas like IoT and AI, 5G will allow businesses to derive real value from the billions of connected devices communicating, leveraging intelligence, delivering new insight, and optimising in real-time.
We find these requirements usually lead to some core use cases across secure facilities, supply chain areas, assembly lines, warehouses, and manufacturing plants for automotive and logistics companies; as well as large indoor/outdoor environments and critical remote mobility services in the transportation and mining industries. The use cases for 5G become quite compelling when applied to large, complex campus-wide environments as in public transport systems (i.e., airports, ports, train stations) and hospitals. This is because the 5G network enables more widespread coverage and connectivity across a plethora of devices transmitting large volumes of data that must be secure and controlled.