Support: 0330 332 7933 Sales: 0808 500 1436

5G and how it will impact the way we do business

5G’s potential has had widespread coverage in the run-up to its official launch, with two benefits standing out in particular.

First, users can expect speeds of between 10 and 100 times faster than 4G, the latter of which is almost incomprehensibly quick.

Second, it will offer far greater device connectivity, with enough bandwidth for millions of simultaneously connected devices.

For many, the most exciting aspect of 5G technology is the pivotal role it will play in maximising other technologies – such as artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, automation and cloud computing. Autonomous vehicles no longer seem such an unfathomable concept, for example.

In the world of business, many are excited about the possibilities 5G will open up – particularly in terms of enterprise mobility. But some are sceptical about how much difference it will really make, believing that the capital investment required to switch their mobile infrastructure to 5G is not worth it – at least not yet.

So, in practice, how can we see 5G actually impacting the UK’s business landscape?

Here are four effects we expect to see.

1. Better tech infrastructure for smaller cities

Before 5G, established business ‘hubs’ such as London, Birmingham and Manchester already had sufficient technological infrastructure to attract large commercial organisations, which in turn enabled further economic growth in each city.

Smaller cities, meanwhile, had comparatively basic infrastructure – making them less attractive and therefore limiting their growth potential.

Once all the 5G roll-out phases are complete, with the same infrastructure across all UK cities, we should find that there’s a more level playing field, paving the way for growth and investment in smaller cities over the coming years.

2. Even more remote/mobile working

Today’s workers want the freedom to fit their work around their lives, rather than vice versa.

The “9-to-5 in the office” setup has already started giving way to flexible and remote working options, with many professionals now able to work from anywhere, provided they have their laptop and/or a mobile and a sufficient internet connection.

5G will give them an even stronger argument, and – crucially – it will also help to reassure employers that remote working is indeed feasible and efficient, both in terms of staff productivity and cost.

3. Greater choice in recruitment

As remote working becomes increasingly feasible and popular, employees will not necessarily have to live within easy reach of the office. If equipped with the right technology, they could theoretically live on the other side of the country and be just as productive and effective as an office-based colleague.

Employers will thereby have more candidates to choose from for any given role, which should prove especially valuable when hiring for positions that are specialist or senior (or both).
The upshot? Both employees and employers can be more selective.

4. Increased reliance on cloud technology

5G’s extremely low latency allows mobile devices to connect to the cloud far more easily than previously. This will likely result in wider adoption of cloud services, and less reliance on in-built device storage – with future mobile design rumoured to reflect that.

Many UK businesses have already migrated their IT infrastructures to the cloud, because it allows them to go infrastructure-free but also enhances their enterprise mobility, so the arrival of 5G should encourage more organisations to follow suit. In a world where employees are increasingly working from home or on the move, or spread out across several offices, the cloud offers a cost-effective way to centralise your business documents and data, and truly connect your workplace.

Up next

Intercity wins ISP Partner of the Year at the Vodafone Partner of the Year Awards

Enterprise mobility and IT specialist, Intercity Technology, has been named ISP Partner of the Year at the Vodafone Partner of the Year Awards, held yesterday at Sky Garden in London.

The winning partners were recognised for strong sales performance, excellent customer service and outstanding success in collaboration with Vodafone, as well as demonstrating an expert understanding of Vodafone’s total communications portfolio.

The news comes as Intercity sets out to enhance its mobile offering with optional 5G speeds and unlimited data based upon Vodafone’s offering for its business customers, following the recent launch of 5G across the UK. New Intercity ‘Vodafone high speed tariffs’ will soon be available as upgrades and for new contracts, including new 5G handsets for customers where there is a requirement.

Intercity is Vodafone’s first and longest-standing global independent partner, with a strong and successful relationship spanning over 30 years since the launch of the mobile industry in 1985.

Since becoming Vodafone’s first partner, Intercity has built and retained customer base of around 50,000 customer contracts for Vodafone to a range of enterprise and SME clients, with services including mobile airtime, device management and security, landlines, connectivity and data centre hosting.

Charlie Blakemore, Chief Operating Officer at Intercity Technology said: “We’re immensely proud to have worked with Vodafone for as long as we have. Our long-standing relationship is testament to our team, who continually innovate and provide competitive, tailored packages and excellent customer service for our growing customer base.

“Our long-standing relationship is testament to our team, who continually innovate and provide competitive, tailored packages and excellent customer service for our growing customer base.”

“This is an accolade we’re truly proud of and we hope to strengthen our relationship with Vodafone further in the years to come. It’s even more important to have these strong relationships as we look ahead to the growth of 5G and how it will shape the way businesses operate in the future.”

Anne Sheehan, Vodafone UK Business Director, commented, “This year’s winners of the Vodafone Partner of the Year Awards have truly led the way in creating new and innovative connectivity solutions for their customers’ businesses.

“Our partners underline the strength of the UK channel and bring to life the value that it brings to business up and down the country. The channel remains a critical part of the Vodafone business and we are committed to driving further success in future.”

“This year’s winners of the Vodafone Partner of the Year Awards have truly led the way in creating new and innovative connectivity solutions for their customers’ businesses.”