5G roll-out is accelerating globally with major smart phone vendors such as Apple and Samsung now supporting 5G technology in their devices. For the common consumer, the benefits of 5G do not yet translate to their daily lives. The common view of what’s possible in 5G is possible in Wi-Fi remains the strongest perception for most consumers.
While mobile network operators are spending massive amount of money in their 5G roll-out and larger enterprises starting to deploy private 5G networks, consumers are left with the question whether to pay more for 5G subscription or not. To fully understand the benefits of 5G let’s look at the ever growing array of advanced applications and whether there is a need for 5G.
1. E-Sports and gaming. The world of gaming is one of the most advanced users of connectivity and is a growing industry. To be able to conduct real-time competitions the latency must be very low, hence most gamers will have broadband at home and in a lot of cases fibre to home subscriptions. E-sports events are also held in places where there is a fibre connectivity, this keeps both gaming and e-sports limited to few dedicated users. With the onset of smart phones and mobile devices that are more powerful than old supercomputers and even more powerful than computers that launched man to the moon, the future of gaming and e-sports has indeed gone mobile. To support this wider adoption of mobile gamers, 5G is so far the only mobile technology that can guaranteed the required performance and latency demanded by games that are increasing growing in size.
For esports to grow, there is a need for grassroots development, giving equal access to all and removing connectivity barriers to solving the digital divide. With grassroots program comes the advantage of younger population being exposed to the power of information. A well informed society progress faster than those deprived of the right information.
2. Smart Tourism. Tourism has indeed gone smarter by connectivity and digitization. Heritage tourism is growing providing employment, business opportunities to once deprived communities. Tourism today is no longer just sun and sea. Heritage tourism in particular benefits the most from availability of fast and reliable connectivity, where augmented and mixed realities can be used to enhance visitor experiences and immersing visitors to the heritage culture and tradition. 5G will make the big difference especially in creating hotspots in touristic areas where the need for high speed data justifies the cost of establishing connectivity. As 5G matures, the cost of components go down and will be at par with WiFi6 in the long run making the case for smart tourism a viable 5G business case.
3. High street regeneration. The effects of COVID-19 has been felt by a lot of high street shops even large brands have closed stores and most cities and malls are left with no tenants, some has converted to entertainment areas to deliver new experiences). Such conversion had been successful but very limited, with more shop areas still left unused impression that the impact are converter to residential areas. However, new innovations such as immersive and gamified shopping can change this by giving shoppers new experiences it can help regenerate high streets with new shops opening doors. This new shops will offer both online and on-premise experiences while utilizing the power of loyalty programmes to drive shoppers back to the high streets and not only online.
AWTG offers innovations in Esports, smart tourism and immersive shopping to help business take advantage of the power of 5G. Whether you are a one-person business or a large enterprise our tailored approach ensures the right solution for you and benefit from out expertise and innovations.