Use Cases challenge
It is hard to overstate the importance of establishing compelling enterprise use cases for 5G. Enterprises cannot afford to wait around for the telecoms industry to prove that a 5G-based service represents a worthwhile investment. They are looking today for the connectivity solution – and the associated applications – that will enable their digital transformation.
It is not good enough to just explain why the next-generation of mobile technology is better than the one that went before.
Every generation of mobile technology has promised higher capacity and lower latency, and it is no different with 5G. However, the fact is there are some industries that do not consider these two capabilities a priority.
When it comes to some aspects of smart cities, for instance, such as smart parking, and smart lighting, the priorities here are more likely to be high reliability, low bandwidth, low power and long range, for example.
In cases like this, it is up to operators and vendors to know when to avoid a conversation about ultrafast bitrates and 1 millisecond latency, and instead talk about how 5G can support massive IoT.
Added to this challenge is the fact that enterprises already have 'go-to partners' when it comes to adopting new services, such as IT providers and systems integrators. Operators must also earn this trusted status and show that they can move beyond pure connectivity.
5G is already delivering unparalleled business value
Ericsson understands this need to provide fine detail when it comes to promoting specific 5G use cases; for this reason, we are working with over 20 industry partners and 45 universities and institutes. This helps us make sure we are developing the right technology for real-world applications and gives us the experience to help our customers understand what can be done with the technology to accelerate innovation.
Ericsson has also produced several case studies that go into greater detail about the benefits of 5G to specific use cases.
For example, our bladed disks (BLISKs) case study shows how only 5G has the low, predictable latency needed to enable real-time monitoring and control over the production of these precision components that are used in jet turbines.
By using 5G, we found that manufacturers can improve the consistency of BLISK production, reducing costs by as much as €27 million per year.
We also demonstrated that improving BLISK production methods with 5G could also cut annual CO2 emissions by as much as 360 metric tons.
Ericsson has also shown how the Boliden Aitik open pit copper mine can save €2.5 million per year by using automated and remote-controlled machines connected to a 5G network. Automated drilling rigs could also add an extra 2,000 hours per year of productivity. 5G comes into its own in this case, providing high-speed, reliable connectivity over a wide area.
In addition, our 2018 Mobility Report highlighted several other 5G use cases in the manufacturing sector alone, including asset tracking, workforce safety, predictive maintenance and remote plant monitoring, among others.
“We also demonstrated that improving BLISK production methods with 5G could also cut annual CO2 emissions by as much as 360 metric tons”
5G presents an opportunity for telecom operators to tap into new revenue streams emerging from the digitalization of industries.
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