Is your small or medium-sized business still relying on WiFi, which uses routers and radio signals to connect devices within a finite area? If so, you probably have restrictions on Internet range, download speeds, and accessibility, keeping your company from growing. Sticking to 3G or 4G can also limit business activities and processes, making 5G technology the best alternative in most cases.

What Is 5G Technology?

5G or “fifth generation” is the latest mobile network for computers, smartphones, tablets, and other online devices. It creates a wireless connection (unlike a LAN connection that only services a small area) to gain Internet access from anywhere.

Why Is 5G Taking the Business World by Storm?

This fifth generation of mobile technology does more than load YouTube videos faster, keep you connected during video games, and bar buffering when streaming movies. It supplies unprecedented power that helps SMBs thrive like never before in the following ways.

Keeping All IoT Devices Online

Connectivity is also crucial for all devices to join the Internet of Things. The IoT network allows online devices to connect via the Internet to collect, store, and share data when necessary. For instance, an in-office printer can tell you when it's running low on ink so you don’t run out at the most inopportune times. You can even purchase ink and toner on its own if it’s on the IoT with adjusted settings.

Real-time applications like management systems and security cameras also provide business owners with other data without delay. For instance, they can track employee usage patterns, customer sales, and other important information.

Better Connectivity Between Employees

5G technology originally arose to solve connectivity issues that came with a new surge in demand. With a high-performance ability, it allows all departments to collaborate from all over the world. For instance, if your business has manufacturers and suppliers in other countries or employees that work remotely, keep meetings flowing with little to no interruptions.

Faster Speeds with Lower Latency

Unlike previous 3G and 4G networks, 5G uses a higher radio frequency with millimeter waves ranging from 24GHz to 40GHz. Because of its higher frequency, it transmits data faster and connects people and devices to the Internet quicker, which increases the business’ operational efficiency. In turn, all company members experience low latency, whether during online collaborations, VoIP calling, and more.

Is 5G Always the Right Decision?

Unfortunately, not everyone will see the benefits of 5G as enough to want to switch, especially if their business already runs on a lower network. To move up to the latest network, they would need to conduct a thorough and pricy overhaul so all devices are compatible with new network speeds.

Moreover, coverage can be an issue in crowded cities since the higher frequency may have a harder time passing through high-rise buildings and numerous walls than 4G, so you may want to stick to the latter for better connectivity.

5G technology has had a bitter-sweet reception from business owners, depending on their situation and needs. Uncover yours to find out if this higher frequency is right for your company!

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