5G: Will It Change how We Work from Home?

Imagine a work where the day doesn’t start or end with an arduous commute through traffic. A working day where you don’t have to waste time in endless meetings. 5G is expected to make dreams like that a reality. If the claims are real, you’ll be able to connect to the office reliably from absolutely anywhere.

5G is expected to multiply connection speeds by 200. It means you could download a full movie in a few seconds. It is also said to offer security improvements with VPNs that let you connect with work servers. 5G is also claimed to have low latency, which is the time data requires to go from one point to another. This means enhanced HD video conferencing capabilities without pixelation and audio-video delays.

It also means not struggling to make each other understand what is being said. When you can see the person’s body language and hear them clearly, chances of miscommunication drop. Improved connectivity also makes it easier for teams to share on-screen documents and presentations to audiences around the world.

5G technology is still quite nascent. Devices that are compatible with it are also limited. A Qualcomm representative says that the company estimates about 200 million 5G-enabled devices will be shipped worldwide this year. 5G may also mean workers will not have to move to metros for employment and instead work remotely without losing efficiency.

5G promises to change the way the world is connected and power advances in AI. But experts consider this promise to be hollow. This is because 5G infrastructure will initially be limited to urban centers and will take years to reach rural areas. The connection costs are also likely to be quite high and may cause potential subscribers to rethink their plans.

Those that switch to 5G will also have to invest in new compatible phones, hotspots, laptops, etc. Until widespread adoption occurs, companies may not even see the value in pushing out new products for it. 5G is also unlikely to help remote workers overcome isolation. They also will not get the same opportunities for personal and professional relationship development.

While 5G may transform the world of videoconferencing, making working remotely more possible, it will require a lot of additional effort. Making remote workers feel like they’re part of the team, keeping motivation levels high and having them participate in team events will remain a challenge.

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