Consider: 5G will hasten the rise of the smart factory/warehouse, where tracking and distribution will improve exponentially, thanks to industrial IOT sensors. Monitoring will happen continuously in real time as the 5G network takes a triple approach to improving mobility — speed (ultra-fast data rates), interactivity (ultra-low lag with no buffering), and connectivity (more capacity, devices, and data).
But this panacea of improved efficiency and productivity can only happen once facility owners and operators begin evaluating their properties’ infrastructure and readiness. With that in mind, follow the five-step road map in this article to prepare for 5G.
The introduction of 5G — the next generation of cellular wireless — could be a game-changer down the line. Roadblocks to Consider
Before rolling out the 5G red carpet, it’s important to remember that there may still be a few roadblocks in the way. When these roadblocks exist, occupants will feel like they’re walking at a snail’s pace in the facility but teleporting the minute they step outside.
- Where reliable 4G service is a current concern, 5G service most likely won’t even be available. Don’t expect 5G to solve 4G problems.
- Most carriers are targeting a much higher frequency spectrum than current 4G networks, which will not travel as far or penetrate materials well, like glass and walls. For this reason, tenants who have good 4G coverage today could still experience poor 5G coverage tomorrow. Target issue areas within your facility if this applies.
- Some existing coaxial-based Distributed Antenna System (DAS) installations may not be able to migrate to 5G and transmit at the required higher frequencies or have cost-effective 5G scalability. Work with your facility’s DAS consultant and solution providers for relief.