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Report: 5G seen as an innovation engine by executives in key industries

Date: 2016-09-06
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Public safety and healthcare executives rate 5G technology as a "game changer" for their industries important to the strategic development of their services.

A new global report from Ericsson, "Opportunities in 5G: The view from eight industries," reveals the anticipated impact of 5G, the next-generation mobile technology, on specific industries. It examines how these industries expect to apply 5G, which specific uses of the new technology are likely to dominate in their industry, and what business reasons will drive them to move to 5G.

The report captures the opinions of more than 650 executives globally - including CIOs, CTOs, CMOs, and other heads of IT Infrastructure - from the eight key industries most likely to be impacted by 5G: automotive, utilities, public safety, high-tech manufacturing, Internet/digital natives, healthcare, financial services, and media/gaming.

A majority of these decision-makers depend on and actively invest in communications technology to help drive innovation. Looking ahead, 94 percent rate next-generation mobile networks as important to the strategic development of their business.

Responding to disruption from emerging technologies - such as M2M communications, broadband connectivity, cloud service, and mobile - is a key driving force behind business innovation within the respondents' companies and industries. A large majority indicated they intend to make significant changes to their businesses in order to take advantage of 5G when it arrives.

Rima Qureshi, Head of Region North America and Chief Strategy Officer says: "Emerging technologies, such as the Internet of Things, are becoming integral parts of our economy and lifestyle, and this is driving major change across industries. 5G will accelerate this transformation and create new uses, new revenue streams, and new business models for industries and consumers alike. With 5G, industries will have connectivity that is customized for their requirements and the agility to move quickly to meet customer needs and be innovative."

Highlights from the report include pertaining to public safety and healthcare industries:

Public safety: 5G will improve citizens' experience, security
Public safety organizations expect 5G technology and the Internet of Things (IoT) to help keep citizens safe while spending as few taxpayer dollars as possible. A total of 96 percent say they are already investing to take advantage of these technologies. They look to new networks to expand capabilities in connected devices and for network slicing through 5G to provide secure priority communications during an emergency.

Healthcare: 5G promises to improve quality of life
A significant majority of healthcare executives surveyed expect 5G to allow them to implement new services and products that will improve quality of life for the public and 94 percent said they will make significant changes to their business to take advantage of 5G networks. Additionally,healthcare executives think that security is just as important as performance in terms of 5G business value.

About 5G:
The innovation engine for growth in the Networked Society. 5G is the foundation for realizing the full potential of the Networked Society. 5G will enable organizations to move into new markets and build new revenue streams with radically new business models and use cases, including Internet of Things (IoT) applications. The new capabilities of 5G span several dimensions, including tremendous flexibility, lower energy requirements, greater capacity, bandwidth, security, reliability and data rates, as well as lower latency and device costs.

The first generation mobile network (1G) was all about voice. 2G was about voice + texting. 3G was about voice + texting + data. 4G was everything in 3G but faster. 5G will be something totally different.

Like the transitions to 2G and 3G, the move to 5G will add a new element: the industrial internet. And like the transition to 4G, it will be much higher performance than the previous generation. But it will be much more than that. With 5G, we’ll see connectivity-as-a-service based on network slicing. 5G will enable more secure transactions and the energy efficiency to deploy IoT devices with a battery life that is 10X longer than today. All this will create opportunities for new use cases that we haven’t yet dreamed of, new markets, and radically new business models.

For more information on Ericsson and 5G click here

- Corporate News/9-1-1magazine.com (via Ericsson, 9/6/16)

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