When we talk about the 5G and WiFi 6 revolution, we don’t mean uninterrupted movie streaming or faster downloads; we are talking about making sci-fi movie fiction a reality. Things you once only saw on TV – robots doing chores, autonomous vehicles, smart cities, virtual reality gaming experiences, remote surgeries, telemedicine, automated assembly line production, augmented reality marketing campaigns – the way you shop, travel, work, get medical consults – everything will undergo a transformation beyond imagination and 5G will make it happen.
How are these two driving connectivity?
With the pandemic acting as a catalyst in the changing connectivity landscape, businesses can not wait to jump on this deadly combination bandwagon. To give an idea about 5G – it is ten times faster than your current network and WiFi 6 brings with it 3X speed compared to the previous technology.
5G brings along with its capabilities such as reduced latency, faster speed, energy conservation and increased capacity systems, making it way superior to any of the other wireless predecessors. The greater benefits of 5G connectivity in India and globally are for all to avail despite geographic and demographic differences. 5G wireless services come with unprecedented possibilities and bring the dream of ‘Internet of Things revolution to life.
5G and WiFi 6 – critical for businesses
In a survey done by the consulting group Deloitte, it was inferred that the priorities of the businesses were 5G and WiFi 6, the importance of which was only expected to increase in the coming years.
The adoption of Wi-Fi 6 and 5G is considered a strategic requirement and will introduce businesses to a new age of wireless access. With the convergence of WiFi with 5G, organisations can conduct business anywhere while keeping the workforce super productive and enhancing the best user experience.
By shifting to this advanced wireless 5G, the main objectives businesses will achieve are:
- Enhanced efficiency
- Improved security
- Piggybacking on the advantages of these two forces such as big data analytics, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Edge computing
The explicit desire to leverage this lethal combination is to unleash the potential of other emerging technologies such as IoT, cloud, Edge computing, big data analytics, VR, AR, robotics and more. 5G and WiFi 6 together act as a transformative multiplier.
Role of STL in making 5G a reality for businesses
STL has been preparing itself for the 5G technology revolution for a while. We are making this dream a reality through a multitude of investments across categories of hardware, software and people recruitment. 5G connectivity globally is what STL aims to achieve through its end-to-end capabilities of a joined network.
As industry experts, STL can forecast the digital evolution of the telecom infrastructure to be more virtual, separated yet connected seamlessly and close to the Edge. With STL’s digital network integration expertise, we have positioned ourselves at the forefront of the next-gen digital network delivery for our customers worldwide.
Keeping the future in mind, STL is one of the first companies which is equipped with an end-to-end 5G ecosystem through its robust portfolio of optical fibres and wireless technology.
STL is equipped to create reliable, high-speed, low-cost and secure digital networks through strategic partnerships and the right investments. In fact, our acquisition of a solutions company further strengthened our design and deployment offerings, allowing us to deliver hyper-scale data centres to support 5G for one of the biggest software companies in the world.
Keeping in mind the to digitize the world network, STL has end-to-end capabilities for a converged network that consists of both wireless and wireline and has successfully delivered full-stack solutions to enterprise and telco customers.
Wi-Fi 6 and 5G inflate opportunities to digitize multiple industries
The presence of WiFi 6 and 5G offers a plethora of exciting opportunities for task critical IoT devices to be connected reliably. The improvised broadband will enable an immersive AR and VR experience.
At the workplace – Employees can work from any part of the world without any hindrances – freedom from desktop phones and wired connection, and advanced quality audio and video meetings will increase productivity at the workplace. With the field workforce and the new work-from-home trend that set in due to the pandemic, collaboration between employees will be augmented to high resolution and fastened data transfer.
Retail – Analysing the data collected – purchase history, inventory trends and footfall to predict what product should be displayed where, how much quantity per product and how to develop a product – these decisions will become a breeze.
Manufacturing – The advanced wireless networks – 5G and WiFi 6 play a critical role in linking machines and devices to drive smart factory solutions. They will ensure seamless tracking of the products in an assembly line, collect huge amounts of data to predict production patterns as per demand and maintain quality control and standardisation. Because it is super reliable and offers low latency, 5G can drive flexible human-robot interactions to replace slow wired connections.
Healthcare – With 5G and WiFi 6 working in tandem, the healthcare sector can introduce remote surgeries and remote diagnosis making facilities available for all. Transmission of health records for detection at early stages will become a part of the way the industry works.
Supply Chain and Logistics – With the increase in e-commerce, the entire structure depends on Supply chain companies. The introduction of 5G and WiFi 6 can be a real game-changer for the last mile interaction with the end consumer. Apart from making logistics operationally efficient, personalised and enhanced customer experience can be achieved.
According to IDC, by 2025, over 152,000 IoT devices will be connected per second and Cisco believes there will be 12X increase in AR/ VR traffic between 2017 and 2022.
The pandemic has further strengthened the need for enterprises to be digitally agile. The enterprises already had an adoption plan of wireless networks in place, but CoVid-19 has further accelerated this shift. The value of linking people with technology through advanced wireless networks to transform businesses successfully digitally is an additional motivation, further wired by remote working. Digital connectivity is the anchor for economic activity, making the adoption of 5G and WiFi 6 inevitable to sustain and survive.