AT&T reveals its ‘three pillars’ of 5G for business

AT&T has revealed its 5G roadmap for business which involves three pillars that will bring experiences ‘into the future’.

Here are those pillars:

  • Mobile 5G

  • Fixed Wireless

  • Edge Computing

The operator notes how there are 15 million businesses in America seeking innovations which provide an edge. Up and coming technologies such as AR/VR and AI have the potential to deliver improved business outcomes with the connectivity to back it.

Mo Katibeh, CMO of AT&T Business, said:

“The 5G services we’re rolling out and combining with our advanced network capabilities will help businesses fundamentally change for the better. It will open up opportunities to increase revenue, reduce operational costs, and ultimately create amazing new experiences for employees and customers.

Whether it’s a local startup, a growing regional company, or national enterprise – these three pillars are going to be groundbreaking.”

From AT&T’s perspective, their network could be connecting a single location or multiple facilities. 5G will open up new opportunities with greater speed and reliability than previous generations.

Mobile 5G

With 4G/LTE, more workers than ever became connected on-the-move with the ability to do things such as email and video call with relative ease.

5G will build on these abilities while enabling things such as bigger file uploads and downloads. For businesses which deal with a lot of video content, for example, it could mean the ability to get content uploaded and downloaded straight away without the need to reach a fixed broadband connection.

The first 5G device AT&T launched was the NETGEAR Nighthawk 5G Mobile Hotspot last year. In 2019, the operator has confirmed it will be launching two Samsung 5G smartphones.

AT&T is launching experiences with businesses in the 12 cities where its 5G network is currently live. The operator says it will learn from these as it expands its network across the country.

Fixed Wireless

When a broadband connection suffers downtime, it’s no fun for anyone. For consumers, it’s a frustration. For businesses, it can mean losing out to competitors, loss of cash and/or deals, and reputation damage with customers.

Fixed wireless provides a welcome backup for these inevitable occurrences. The increased speed, reduced latency, and greater reliability of 5G brings the experience of fixed wireless closer than ever to a broadband connection.

Jason Leigh, Senior Research Analyst at IDC, commented:

“5G is the gateway to an entirely new world for businesses, but it needs multiple technologies coming together to achieve its true potential.

Leveraging the low latency, increased connection density, and high bandwidth power of 5G will allow businesses to deploy integrated solutions that accelerate their own digital transformation and drive productivity improvements, efficiency gains, and enhance customer satisfaction faster than ever before.”

Fixed wireless is increasingly even being used for primary connectivity, especially in areas where a fibre connection is unavailable or a business needs to get online quickly.

AT&T says its current fixed wireless solution lays the groundwork for customers to upgrade and take advantage of 5G when it’s available in their area.

Edge Computing

Edge computing allows businesses to process low-latency, high-bandwidth applications closer to where they’re used.

AT&T has a solution it calls AT&T Multi-access Edge Compute (MEC) which can be deployed using LTE or 5G connectivity – for both mobile and fixed wireless connections.

The operator recently demonstrated its edge computing capabilities in deals with AT&T Stadium and Rush University Medical Center to set up 5G with a focus on MEC.

Dr Shafiq Rab, SVP and CIO at Rush University Medical Center and the Rush System for Health, commented:

“Healthcare systems use a lot of networking power, and 5G is going to be a turning point in how mobile networks are used in caring for patients.

Using multi-access edge compute, the possibility of robotics and increased telehealth are two aspects of healthcare that we’re planning to explore.

Ultimately, it’s about creating better outcomes for our patients. 5G combined with MEC will give us the foundation to provide patients with better service, and increase the quality of care we provide.”

AT&T says edge computing will give ‘new life’ to things such as driverless cars, AR/VR, and drones.

The operator will share more about its edge computing services this year.

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