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Introduction

This report discusses the opportunities presented by 5G and Wi-Fi 6 technologies in helping enterprises transform indoor wireless capabilities in meeting the demands of the modern, mobile workforce.

Highlights

  • The 5G sales pitch is clear: improved speeds and reduced latency can deliver many benefits. However, these benefits alone will not be enough to sell enterprises on 5G; businesses need a better understanding of the outcomes the technology can help deliver.
  • Wi-Fi 6 and 5G are complementary technologies that will support different use cases. Enterprises should not view investment in these capabilities as an either/or decision. Combined, these wireless technologies will be vital in supporting mobile workstyles.
  • As work becomes more mobile, and as legacy applications and ways of working are transformed around the mobile worker use-case, demands on wireless networks will increase as more work is done via mobile and away from wired corporate LAN.

Features and Benefits

  • Learn about the opportunities that new indoor wireless network technologies present the workforce.
  • Discusses why the value of 5G to the enterprise will hinge on reliable indoor connectivity.
  • Bringing cellular connectivity indoors has always been a challenge, but is now a very important one to overcome.
  • Discusses how indoor 5G services can help service providers get closer to the enterprise.

Key questions answered

  • How will 5G and Wi-Fi 6 help improve the employee experience and workplace productivity?
  • What are the different methods emerging helping to bring 5G indoors?
  • What support do enterprises need in realizing value?
  • What are the important security considerations?

Table of contents

Summary

  • Catalyst
  • Omdia view
  • Key messages

Recommendations

  • Recommendations for service providers
  • Recommendations for enterprises

New wireless network technologies present many opportunities for the mobile workforce

  • Business networks support important workplace characteristics
  • Figure 1: Enterprise networks underpin the way modern work gets done
  • Wi-Fi 6 and 5G are complementary and important pillars of the future workplace
  • 5G is quickly becoming a business reality
  • Figure 2: 5G enabled smartphones
  • Wi-Fi will remain important in a 5G-enabled world

The value of 5G to the enterprise will hinge on reliable indoor connectivity

  • Bringing cellular connectivity indoors has always been a challenge, but is now an important one to overcome
  • Different methods of bringing 5G indoors are emerging
  • Indoor 5G services will help service providers get closer to the enterprise
  • Advanced wireless network planning is now an important office design consideration
  • All this new technology sounds very exciting, but enterprises will need support in realizing the benefits

5G brings new security considerations and opportunities

  • Security is seen as a barrier to business 5G adoption
  • A more integrated and cohesive approach to security is needed
  • Whilst 5G is a secure technology, the new behaviors and workstyles it will encourage do present risks

Appendix

  • Further reading
  • Author