Shubhendu Parth (Sp): What Is The Real-world Impact Of 5G And How Can Enterprises And Businesses Benefit From It?
Samar Mittal (SM): When the mobile revolution happened in India, it was basically 2G-2.5G as we call it. It was basic connectivity, mainly voice. The use of data started to increase with 3G, and then we leapfrogged into 4G pretty quickly. We can expect 5G in 12 to 18 months. 5G brings in evolution – not just in terms of speed, but also in terms of peak capacity, concurrency, and a dramatic reduction in latency. These three pillars elaborate into enhanced mobile broadband (eMBB); ultra-reliable low latency (URLLC); and massive machine type communication (mMTC).
If we look at it from an industrial revolution standpoint, it started with steam power, followed by electricity and assembly lines, and then electronics and programmable logic. Now we are talking of the fourth generation or Industry 4.0 that is being led by cyber-physical systems. It is also being defined by the convergence of operational technology, information technology, decentralized operations, and self-optimizing, autonomous forces. The need for industry 4.0 has gone up because of productivity optimization – there is a constant need for industries to produce more with less.
This is where 5G has a big role to play. Its impact will be beyond consumer telecom; it will benefit a multitude of industries like manufacturing, utility, logistics, retail, and any industry where extreme automation is required.
SP: Can You Share Some Examples?
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