By Brian Kingston
I AM sitting in the Grand Hotel Brighton, sipping my morning coffee, looking across the seafront and out to sea. Am I here for a romantic weekend with the wife?
Getting ready for half term week for the kids, I am waiting for the youngest granddaughter to join me for the return home. She will be joined by her cousin, and our only grandson Mason, on Monday. Ella, the eldest granddaughter will no doubt join them at some point to make the set complete. Oh, forgotten Zachary, their other cousin who will be attending my home on Wednesday. My wife can't wait, where as I, may be moving out.
Clearly 5G is set to play a huge role in multiple industries other than simply super-fast smartphones. For example, Samsung's 5G is even being used in BMW's new iNext car, which plans to utilise the technology to offer many smart features. However, if manufacturing plans to generate 25 per cent of the 5G market's revenue, businesses and network providers need to be prepared. Mobile network operators need to take steps to target manufacturers if they wish to reap the benefits of a potentially huge market. As an initial first step, it would be a good idea for network operators to approach large Tier One manufacturers as they are more prepared to invest in new technology. Many manufacturers are already aware of the huge benefits 5G can bring to the workplace but they may be concerned about the requirements to install the new tech.
Network infrastructure vendors also have a job to do if manufacturing is to provide 25% of 5G revenue. Pricing models need to be adjusted and package solutions offered to manufacturers.Lastly, manufacturers themselves need to consider automation and use cases for 5G on the factory floor. They need to understand deployment and implications of 5G technology.
Overall, 5G could offer some incredibly exciting benefits to manufacturers, allowing work to be fully automated, creating a safer and more efficient workplace environment. However, there is a steep learning curve that multiple parties need to adjust to before we could see 25 per cent of 5G revenue coming from manufacturing by 2028.
And that concludes my information on what's going on in the communication world for this month as it is now 3.30pm Monday, 17 February, late again. Having started this article on Friday morning it has taken me until now to get round to finishing it.
What now? "Will you kids calm down" the wife has just shouted. Better go see what's happening. Bye!