The use of 5G routers has made the wider adoption of many innovations possible. Autonomous driving, drone surveillance, mobile healthcare, outdoor event streaming… While most of these bandwidth and latency sensitive applications take place outdoors, fewer people are using 5G routers indoors.
This is mainly due to the nature of 5G. Low-band 5G provides wide coverage, but it is not much faster than LTE; high-band 5G provides super fast speeds, but it only has limited range and is poor at penetrating solid objects. In this case, even if you have a 5G router in your office building, it may not make much difference in overall network performance.
But that was the past. Things began to change as major Internet Service Providers (ISPs) expanded their holdings of mid-band 5G spectrum. Mid-band 5G achieves a balance between speeds, range and penetrating ability, enabling more indoor applications with it. So now, with a 5G router that can access mid-band 5G, you can also unleash the full potential of 5G indoors.
Why bother to bring 5G indoors, but not just follow tradition?
Higher Efficiency and Flexibility
Video conferencing, VoIP calls, real-time data streaming… Bandwidth-sensitive activities as such have led to an increase in connectivity requirements for businesses. In response, enterprises are either adding or considering adding new connections to their existing networks.
In the past, there were concerns about the time and money required to build additional infrastructure. Adding a new wired router was not enough – you also had to wait for technicians to install additional fixed lines for you. Sometimes, your landlord might not even allow you to add a second line to your office for some reason.
Now, with 5G routers, things are getting a lot easier. Wireless routers are a plug-and-play option, giving you Internet access as soon as you turn them on. No complicated installation required and no extra money to pay. Moreover, whenever the company relocates, the hardware can go with it. In short, 5G routers offer greater efficiency and flexibility compared to traditional wired routers.
Which industries will benefit from indoor 5G?
5G outdoors has made healthcare services more accessible. What about 5G indoors? The high speed and low latency of 5G can also enable many cutting-edge technologies in hospitals, helping to automate healthcare procedures and hospital operations.
With a compact 5G router installed in each self-service kiosk, outpatients can complete the check-in process and print the queue ticket themselves at any time of the day. IoT-connected drug trolleys with a wireless router also streamline the medication distribution workflow for inpatients. Even in the operating room, 5G could enable seamless augmented reality and robotics for complex surgeries.
Banking, Financial Services & Insurance (BFSI)
Just like hospitals, BFSI institutions can deploy 5G routers indoors to make things smart, thereby improving business agility and customer experience.
Let’s take retail banking as an example. Traditionally, customers had to wait in line
during business hours to fulfill even the most basic banking needs. Now, with 5G-enabled interactive teller machines (ITMs), customers can do most things, even apply for a loan, via live video with a remote banker at any time. The always-available ITMs rely on the high speed and low latency of 5G, which cannot be provided by a single traditional fixed line.
While many physical stores already use wireless routers to provide cellular backup for their self-service kiosks and POS systems, the adoption of 5G can further reduce their administrative workload and improve their quality of service.
With a 5G router deployed in the store, the retailer is equipped with the high-speed, low-latency connectivity that AR/VR technology depends on. Customers can therefore enjoy virtual try-on and have a more immersive experience.
These are just a few of the innovative applications made possible by 5G’s high speed and low latency. Using 5G routers indoors can benefit a lot more industries than that, such as manufacturing and media production.
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