With businesses, like telecom expense management companies, across America looking towards technology to help improve business outcomes, AT&T’s new 5G roadmap will bring innovation and connectivity to groundbreaking heights. The CMO of AT&T Business, Mo Katibeh, talked about how their new 5G services will bring forth positive changes for businesses, saying, “It will open up opportunities to increase revenue, reduce operational costs, and ultimately create amazing new experiences for employees and customers.”
The new AT&T 5G roadmap includes three pillars that promise to usher businesses into a new era of experiences. Here’s a look.
With the launch of the 5G network, AT&T is building upon the abilities that 4G/LTE first introduced, such as on-the-move connectivity, which allowed workers to access email and video conferencing with a click of a button. For businesses that heavily use video content, 5G opens the gateway for larger file downloading and uploading, meaning companies will be able to access content straightaway, no longer having to rely on a fixed broadband connection.
AT&T is laying the foundation for new experiences for businesses located in the 12 metropolitan areas where their 5G network is currently accessible. They plan to complete their rollout and network expansion across the country by 2020. Last year, AT&T launched its first 5G device with the NETGEAR Nighthawk 5G Mobile Hotspot. In the 2019 year, the company plans on releasing two new Samsung 5G-capable smartphones.
Each time a broadband connection is interrupted or goes down, it’s not only extremely frustrating for consumers, but it can be detrimental for businesses, subjecting them to revenue loss, damage to their brand reputation, and the risk of losing customers to competitors. Which will also deeply affect the network inventory management aspect as well. These instances are sometimes unavoidable and fixed wireless offers a welcome solution, acting as a backup should occasions like this arise.
5G reduces latency, improves speed, and delivers enhanced reliability, allowed the fixed wireless experience to closely mirror that of a broadband connection. This is why a fixed wireless solution has become an option for primary connectivity for businesses located in regions that lack the ability to access a fibre connection.
With new technology, like VR, AR, autonomous cars, and AI becoming increasingly popular, current 4G and cloud computing solutions will not have the bandwidth to process the needs of these technologies at an optimal level, leading to sluggish and spotty performance. Edge computing will give business the ability to process data and applications locally, helping to support the processing and latency needs of this new wave of technology.
AT&T’s new edge computing solution, called AT&T Multi-access Edge Compute (MEC), can be leveraged using either LTE or 5G connectivity, enabling businesses to process and access data quicker and more efficiently. In the healthcare sector, for example, 5G will help improve the quality of care delivered through enhanced connectivity and service, more telehealth opportunities, and the use of robotics in the diagnosis and treatment of patients.
As the first US carrier to launch the 5G business roadmap, AT&T is an innovator in the space and will likely attract many new businesses that are eager to be ahead of the digital transformation curve.