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  • 5G – BUILDING THE INFRASTRUCTURE OF THE FUTURE, TODAY

    Fotis Karonis, chief technology innovation officer at BT Enterprises, examines how 5G will shape the future of business.

    The next generation has arrived

    5G is the future, and it’s time we embraced it with open arms.

    As the development of digital infrastructure around the world continues to accelerate, more people are becoming digitally connected every single day. By the end of 2020, we’re expecting more than 20 billion connected devices across the globe. Such high-scale expansion - for communities and businesses alike - requires a strong network to uphold it. An upgrade to 5G is not simply a preference. It’s a necessity.

    Putting connectivity at the core

    In many ways, 2020 has made the world an even smaller place. Never have we been more compelled to embrace digital connection; it has played an enormous part in the lives of the population, and much like the many families and friends who have turned to digital, businesses have been forced to adapt. In an era of Office 365, Microsoft Teams, Google Workspace and other as-a-service solutions, organisations that have embraced the cloud are no longer limited by physical location.

    Putting 5G at the centre of the UK’s connectivity revolution will facilitate the growing demand for faster, cleaner and more flexible communication. Its mobile data speed alone far outstrips the fastest home broadband network, meaning higher quality voice calls and faster streaming of online content. What’s more, on-the-go business will be seamless, with no awkward video calling.

    With 5G, low quality connectivity becomes a thing of the past. Having launched our 5G mobile service for consumers and business customers in more than 20 cities and large towns across the UK last year - including Cardiff and Bristol – the UK 5G revolution is well on its way.

    Meeting the UK’s digital ambitions

    5G has enormous business potential in the UK. For every industry, connectivity is part of our core strategy, and the transformations already taking place are truly ground-breaking.

    At University Hospitals Birmingham, the use of 5G technology inside ambulances allows paramedics to communicate faster, and more efficiently, with specialists located at the hospital. It has increased bandwidth, and high speed and very low latency allows for the paramedics to deliver high quality and large amounts of data to a hospital environment in real time. Whether through high resolution ultra-sounds or virtual reality head-sets, entirely new capabilities are opened up for the emergency services, ultimately helping them to save lives.

    The digitalisation of the economy, and next generation wireless innovation for consumers and enterprise, means that these innovative developments are taking place throughout the UK’s digital infrastructure – all with 5G at their very heart.

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