5 things you need to know about 5G if you’re an official

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1. 5G is needed for full digital inclusion

Whilst mobile technology has lowered barriers to digital inclusion, rural locations, service quality and data costs still prove a challenge. Upgrading to a 5G network would increase digital inclusion, which is valuable in its own right, but it is also a requirement to support the mobile delivery of government services, including health services. These shifts will benefit consumer and business users directly, but also contribute to productivity and income growth throughout the economy.

2. 5G will help preserve people’s way of life away from urban cities.

Whether you live in a megacity or a rural community yourself, you know the value in preserving people’s way of life, and allowing them to capture the benefits of the city without forcing them to move there. The increased coverage of 5G will do that like never before. For example, with farming: low-latency 5G networks let fewer farmers grow more crops more efficiently, for better yields and higher profits. Farms will be studded with sensors that collect data to feed back to machinery. Farmers will have full views of all their crops, all the time.

3. 5G can help sustainability

One of the key elements of a 5G future will be a full realization of the Internet of Things (IoT). Billions of sensors in factories, cities, on farms and in our homes, provide us with the foundational elements to innovate and drive the required de-carbonization. For example, current rice farming processes accounts for up to 40 percent of global irrigated water and generate methane that constitutes around 1.5 percent of global GHG emissions. These GHG emissions can be reduced by implementing a technological solution to alternate wetting and drying processes. The solution includes IoT sensors that monitor when conditions are right and drive pumps to control the level of water. This solution, if implemented globally, could reduce millions of tons of GHG emissions and reduce water usage in rice farming.

4. Services enabled by 5G will increase productivity in unexpected ways.

Thanks to these three elements—increased speed, lower latency, and increased reliability—a whole new generation of exciting use cases can be unlocked.

In Europe, the 5GCAR project, led by Ericsson, is helping to develop an overall 5G system architecture. As part of their work, they identified a number of new use cases that need 5G to unlock the future of transportation, from lane merge coordination to long range sensor sharing and increased protection for pedestrians. 

5. Industry 4.0

5G won’t just make connecting cars easier: it will make manufacturing cars easier as well.

5G is about to change manufacturing as we know it through secure and almost real-time connectivity that will result in transformative productivity, speed and efficiency improvements. The car industry will be among the first to benefit.

But don’t just take our word for it: ask Mercedes-Benz. We recently teamed up with Telefónica Germany to enable 5G car production via a private 5G network for Mercedes-Benz at the company’s Sindelfingen plant in southern Germany.

Jörg Burzer, Member of the Divisional Board of Management of Mercedes-Benz Cars, Production and Supply Chain, said: "With the installation of a local 5G network, the networking of all production systems and machines in the Mercedes-Benz Cars factories will become even smarter and more efficient in the future. This opens up completely new production opportunities.”