5G – what does it mean for businesses?

There’s been lots of news around the arrival of 5G technology, which is due to reach the UK in 2020. Claiming to be up to 100 times faster than the current 4G capability, and to have the ability to download a full HD movie in just 10 seconds, 5G promises to pave the way for a variety of innovative new technologies and services. But what does this mean for businesses?

Cloud Computing

The introduction of 5G will see huge changes to Cloud Computing. Functions currently only carried out on devices and machines will soon be able to be held in ‘the Cloud’. And with super-fast download speed, 5G will only make it easier for employees to work remotely, and in collaboration with other colleagues in different locations.

Virtual meetings

5G’s increased ability to handle high-resolution images, and its sub-millisecond latency, could see video conferences and meetings reaching new levels of impressive. In fact, some have noted the potential for holographic conference calls.

Remote working

5G promises a faster and more efficient delivery service, allowing for much quicker data transmission and communication between parties, meaning working remotely is sure to become easier than ever. As well as this, the service will be much wider and more reliable, making working from any location a much simpler task.


It has been estimated that by 2020, when 5G reaches the UK, there will be more than 20 billion connected devices across the world. 5G is sure to unlock the potential of IoT, meaning businesses can optimise their use of everything from appliances and lighting systems, to temperature control and wearables for staff, to keep connected. Utilising these outlets also means businesses can make themselves run more efficiently, and in turn, reduce costs.