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By Steve Koenig

M A R K E T B E AT

Understanding 5G's
Impact on Industries

 5G 

is the first wireless generation led by the enterprise
and will eventually overlay the entire global economy.
Understanding how 5G will intersect with industrial
sectors is vitally important. New research from CTA analyzes
this dynamic and explores how 5G will touch key industrial
sectors of the economy, impacting their processes and offerings.

CTA's 5G: Impact on Industries
Network Slicing
(August 2019) report details 5G's capa- A key enterprise feature of 5G is private
bilities and explains why they matter to networks dedicated to the needs of the
enterprise. There are four broad use
business by offering guaranteed covercase areas for 5G, including: enhanced
age and capacity. While private cellular
broadband (either mobile or fixednetworks are not entirely new, the
wireless), low latency (AR/VR applicareport describes how 5G enables new
tions), massive IoT (manufacturing,
use cases where high-throughput and
smart cities), and critical
low latency are critical, such
IoT (self-driving cars,
as cloud-based robotics or
What new
remote health care).
an automated manufacturapplications ing plant. While some of
To compete in the next
are possible this capability exists in 4G
decade, industries must
with a 5G
understand these capabili(through massive-MIMO
ties in the context of their
and carrier aggregation),
toolkit?
business processes, mar5G provides "more seamless
ket opportunities, competimplementation on the celitive dynamics, and their
lular bands." This is accomown product and service roadmaps.
plished by network slicing.
For example, what new applications
Network slicing for private 5G netare possible with a 5G toolkit? Which
works empowers enterprise with an
current applications and services can
"elastic" cellular network that shapes to
benefit from 5G's higher throughput
requirements on demand. Essentially,
and lower latency? Who are new
network slicing allows a private network
potential partners?
to be sectioned to perform different
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learn how 5G will intersect with sectors
ranging from agriculture to entertainment.
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functions across verticals, enterprises and
application types. Each slice can have different capabilities, requirements and
KPIs. This flexible network reduces cost
while ensuring consistent treatment of
various application data across the network - even as requirements change in
real time. Therefore, the key benefit of
network slicing is optimization, not only
in terms of network performance but also
the business model.
The main spectrum earmarked for this
exciting technology is Citizens Broadband
Radio Service (CBRS) operating in the 3.5
GHz band and is slated by the FCC to be
auctioned off in June 2020. Handset manufacturers are eager to leverage these private networks as well. Both Samsung's
Galaxy S10 and Apple's iPhone 11 offer
support for CBRS.

Edge Computing

Edge computing is another feature of 5G
that is highly relevant to the enterprise and
represents a return to a distributed computing platform. Cloud (centralized) computing has helped us make sense of a rising
tide of data, but as data generation continues to climb, more will need to be processed at the edge or device level. This is
especially true for enterprise applications.
For example, connected sensors along
a manufacturers' assembly line will generate huge amounts of data that need to
be assessed in a distributed fashion in
concert with the cloud. Edge computing
allows the network, data and intelligence
resources to be available on demand
where they are needed most.
Soon, sensors at the edge will become
the "eyes and ears" of enterprise. This
is called "Industrial IoT" and represents
the enormous network capacity of 5G.
Industrial IoT will generate massive
amounts of data that will be instrumental
in creating new value.

2020

CES 2020 See the impact of 5G
across CES including in the Smart
Cities Marketplace.
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