2020 wasn’t a great year for proponents of 5G, or for mobile telecoms in general. Starting with the political furore surrounding the involvement of Huawei in 5G infrastructure, and moving on to the burning of 5G telecoms masts due to Covid-19 conspiracy theories, it’s hardly surprising that 5G hasn’t had much airtime during the pandemic.
Add to this the fact that not many people were mobile during 2020, and you have a telecoms market completely dominated by terrestrial voice call and Internet provision, at the expense of mobile telecoms.
However, this is set to change – and fairly quickly – as soon as lockdown ends and people start moving around again. Despite the popularity of remote working, many people are looking forward to face to face meetings and events again – and with this will come a resurgence in mobile telecoms and the 5G rollout.
A Wider Launch Of 5G
With vast numbers of workers relying increasingly on video calls and messaging platforms, fast and reliable connectivity is more in demand than ever before. This is set to continue, with mobile video calls and online meetings ‘on the move’ an increasing part of the business landscape. This will necessitate a strong and reliable mobile 5G network, strongly integrated with landline and static Internet provision. 5G is already available in certain areas of the UK and has been since 2019. However, a more extensive roll-out would be instrumental in boosting connectivity throughout the whole country if businesses adopt a ‘hybrid’ home/office/remote working model, as looks likely to be the case.
Continued Growth For The Internet Of Things
We’ve seen substantial growth of the Internet of Things over the last few years. Its presence has been accelerated by the pandemic as innovative solutions to meet urgent needs, particularly in healthcare settings, have been required more and more. This is set to continue growing across a wide range of sectors, such as the manufacturing industry, where some factories are minimally staffed by humans but are kept running by the Internet of Things – controlled and managed through mobile devices. Greater 5G connectivity will be required for us to truly see its expansion.
Opposing Demands For Connectivity
While many hope to return to their workplaces once the pandemic ends, some sites are unlikely to reopen their doors, having found that the expense of a physical office simply isn’t necessary. Businesses in this situation can continue to work remotely using cloud-based software, including telecommunications infrastructure. Remote connectivity is the only thing required for successful working when using this type of software.
At the opposite end of the scale, some organisations might need to retain physical sites for specific reasons, such as security needs. In these cases, servers are kept on-site and only limited external connectivity is required. The shift towards remote working means that two very different types of connectivity needs are emerging, with the future of telecommunications looking to be split between these two different demands.
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