5G makes possible data transmission in real time. Connection speed and performance reach up to 200GB per second. Business owners, remote workers and lovers of the Internet benfit from the fifth generation of mobile network speeds.
Author: Mohamed Omar
If you think about it, we have become so dependent on technology to the extent that we have become greedy with it. From GSM (2G) with speeds of 9.6 Mbit/s to 5G with speeds of up to 400–3000 Mbit/s, but will it stop here or will it carry on to a higher speed? As you can see, we have already come a long way with technology. Likewise with the cloud, most of the time we are oblivious to this as we don’t know exactly which of our daily applications use the cloud. If you have ever streamed a movie via Netflix, song via Spotify, clear phone calls and online book via Amazons Kindle, all of this wouldn’t be possible without cloud technology.
You may be thinking, so what is the link between 5G and cloud computing apart from using the internet for cloud services. However, each work hand in hand. 5G networking is linked to data transfer, but where is this data coming from, how and what is new?
The Internet is a globally connected network system that uses TCP/IP to transmit data via various types of media. In other words, it’s a network of global exchanges — including private, public, business, academic and government networks — connected by guided, wireless and fiber-optic technologies. All types of connections do this but the only difference is, it’s simply faster. For those that work remotely through the cloud, 5G is probably the best news they’ve heard in a long time as they work via the Internet in real time and a high speed internet connection is essential. By 2035, more than 1B people will be working remotely according to a recent study by The Economist which is underlined by the increasing amount of companies hiring remote staff.
Since 2005, telecommuting has increased by approximately 115% resulting in increasing opportunities for both businesses and employees. For businesses, telecommuting allows to expand their team and their business activity worldwide. Employees on the other hand benefit from flexibility and interesting jobs without having to relocate for work thanks to the privilege of home office today’s technologies making possible meetings through video calls for example. The 5G connection can improve the experience and eliminate known connection and speed problems related to slower connections. 5G’s speed is more accurate to real-time data transfer.
According to The Deloitte Global Millennial Survey 2019, millennials, if flexible in where and when they work, may stay five years plus in a job and companies also have the benefit of saving money by having to spend less money on office space. Working remotely may lead to lower operating costs (Staples.com, 2019, p. 5).
A Study by Staples found out that 90% of employees specified that flexible work arrangements boost morale. Satisfaction with your job is an essential trait to working and in result boosts productivity. According to a Zenefits survey, 73% of employees say that flexible work arrangements increase their satisfaction at work. When asked whether flexible work arrangements would or do allow them to be more productive 47% strongly agreed.
“We have decades of studies showing that people are happier, healthier, and more productive when the feel autonomous. It’s because autonomy is a basic psychological need. The more autonomous we feel, the more likely we are to be engaged.”
Ron Friedman, author of The Art and Science of Creating an Extraordinary Workplace, says in an interview “We have decades of studies showing that people are happier, healthier, and more productive when the feel autonomous. It’s because autonomy is a basic psychological need. The more autonomous we feel, the more likely we are to be engaged.”
Flexible working has the possibility of recruiting better talent as more than 77% of people list flexible working as a trait when applying for jobs.
“The competition to hire the best will increase in the years ahead. Companies that give extra flexibility to their employees will have the edge in this area.” — Bill Gates
Flexible working, also known as telecommuting, is slowly growing and now most businesses have at least one member of their company telecommuting and some up to 90% of their employees working globally with only one official office. Aetna, an insurance and managed care company, with over 48,790 employees is a perfect example when it comes to the subject of working at home where approximately 43% of their staff have the ability to work from home.
This method of work has been praised by the business genie Bill Gates in which he has said “The competition to hire the best will increase in the years ahead. Companies that give extra flexibility to their employees will have the edge in this area.”
Instant availablility and high quality connection are crucial elements of remote working and made possible by 5G. The addition of speed to the network would eliminate problems on the cloud and telecommuting as we know it, especially when on conferences or VOIP calls which rely on a good Internet connection. Therefore, if there were to be any disruptions, this could have an effect on customers’ or clients’ impression.
There has been some discussion that there is a chance that 5G could end cloud as a computing platform. In fact, one of the main traits of cloud computing is its speed but with 5G’s impeccable speed that provides real time connection, it could end cloud computing as this is one of the main features. With technologies’ never ending evolution we shall see where the future of technology will take us in the coming years, generations and centuries.