Tech Spotlight: 5G—Why Is It Important to Your Business?

Many businesses have had to overcome technical challenges throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. During this transition into working remotely, one of the greatest challenges has been overcoming poor internet connectivity. Many employees live in remote areas, often suffering from a lack of access to high-speed internet services. With this also comes the challenge of sharing internet bandwidth with other household members who are also learning or working remotely.

5G wireless internet provides a solution to these challenges. Typically, wireless internet from a mobile provider was viewed as a connection of last resort due to the limited performance and reach of the 4G networks. 5G, or Fifth Generation, wireless currently being deployed by the wireless carrier has potential to redefine the remote work experience.

Recently, one of our clients opened a new facility on short notice. The customer required internet connectivity, however, the options available required time to establish a service which was incredibly expensive. While seeking workable solutions, we decided to assess a wireless-5G solution from T-Mobile. We purchased a mobile hotspot router and subscribed to a wireless plan that provided 100GB of monthly data for $50 per month. The wireless hotspot router could provide Wi-Fi coverage to the entire facility, which allowed the staff of 20 people to connect with speeds of up to 200Meg per second. This fiber optic performance allowed the customer to benefit from a wireless 5G service and was implemented in just days. The entire solution cost under $500 for the wireless router, with a $50 monthly recurring service charge from T-Mobile.

T-Mobile was one of the first providers to offer 5G Wireless Internet in the United States. The merger of T-Mobile and Sprint afforded T-Mobile the wireless spectrum that gave them a head start over AT&T and Verizon. As of February 2022, AT&T and Verizon have just started turning up their 5G wireless networks. Currently, AT&T and Verizon are about a year behind T-Mobile as they decommission older 3G technology and turn up new radio spectrum to make way for their new 5G networks.

Below is a graphic that provides a simple breakdown of the performance differences between the these generations of wireless technology.

Keep in mind that these benchmarks are for the most optimal connected devices. Wireless performance varies based on the network coverage of each provider.

Every day, we are confronted with customers who are seeking to improve the experience of working remotely.

5G wireless internet should be at the forefront of consideration as a solution. Devices are also portable, meaning if an employee is working at home or in a coffee shop, their internet connectivity can move with the worker. Gone are the days of depending on shared internet connections with other family members. With a consistent internet service, you can eliminate many of the complexities of managing internet connections that are running through equipment in which your IT team has little or no control.

Today, 5G performance in larger metropolitan areas already exceeds the performance of previous 4G (Fourth Generation) wireless networks. These 5G networks will only continue to improve as the expansion of the three major carriers continues to evolve.

If you are interested in exploring creative ways to improve your employees’ remote-work experience, reach out to iSymplify and we can assist you in exploring the best options for you.

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