Will 5G Better Enable Remote Workers?

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This is a guest post for the MELD Coworking blog written by Kenny Trinh.


The number of people who work remotely has grown exponentially in recent times. Part of this is thanks to necessity, and the other part is thanks to the technological advances that have made it easier for organizations to work together while apart.

Many of the latest technologies have enabled organizations to accomodate mobile and remote working because they can now collaborate better, send information, conduct research, and even edit documents while not being privy to the same workspace.

From Chromebooks to a great tablet, workers are better equipped in a remote work environment now than ever before. There are a host of other activities that can be done in a remote work environment, and new strategies are being developed every day.

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However, you have seen nothing yet. The new high-speed 5G networks are coming to town, and when combined with other technologies, the remote work environment will be completely transformed.

Even with tips to speed up your Chromebook or laptop, only the latest network will enable workers to transmit and download large files of data almost instantaneously. Furthermore, many of the tasks that once required you to be in person can now be done remotely because the 5G network is boosting the capabilities of field workers.

The change from 4G LTE to 5G is going to change the way organizations are currently doing business fundamentally. You will see a massive shift from office to home work being done, and business will be better than ever.

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Will 5G Better Enhance the Remote Working Environment?

The short answer is yes, 5G will enhance the remote working environment. There are many technicalities that will make 5G a dream for remote workers, but the bottom line is that it will provide the remote worker with a better environment, and here is why.

Bandwidth, Speed, and Latency

A good reason for the transformation lies with the 5G’s faster speeds, lower latency, and increased bandwidth as well as response times. What this means is that remote workers will have the ability to accomplish tasks that a slower and lower bandwidth couldn’t handle.

As 5G continues to expand its reach, you will be able to be anywhere and still access unlimited bandwidth. As the bandwidth capabilities increase, the ability to retrieve materials in a matter of seconds due to faster speed will make both working and living remotely a dream come true. It is the perfect way to create a work/life balance.

These higher speeds will even impact where a worker can live. The capabilities of 5G allow workers to live anywhere, including opening up the possibilities of living in rural and remote areas.

Additionally, remote employees can attend virtual meetings as though they are right in the boardroom, thanks to the ability to have an avatar appear there. Within minutes of completing one remote meeting, the employee can now attend another in another part of the world within seconds of completing the first.

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Extended, Virtual and Augmented Reality

The combination of 5G and extended reality might be the superpower of the 5G network. The results of the impact on remote work that is done in the field can be substantial. You will have the ability to assist in a variety of collaborations faster than ever before.

Engineers can access digital representations of worksites and make amendments without having to leave their homes. They will also have the capabilities to change any of the engineering specs in real-time without disruption to any job.

The world of remote working comes with challenges, and companies will need to find ways to address these challenges, including the creation and maintenance of cohesive company culture when the employees don’t interact in person as much as before.

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Productivity

There is a culture that says that if you aren’t on-site that you aren’t working. As organizations learn to adjust their thinking to embrace the remote worker, they may be surprised to learn that the ability to work from anywhere may be the solution to their productivity concerns.

As workers can create an environment explicitly suited to them while using 5G to remain real-time connected to their teams and the work that needs to be done, not only will productivity for workers increase, but for the overall company as well.

With 5G integrated for a coworking space, not only will productivity increase, but the lower latency means that it will be done more efficiently. The time between the request of data and the deliverance will be mere seconds.

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Conclusion

With the advent of 5G networks, remote workers will be able to work in a dream environment. Work conducted from home or anywhere will be done in a faster time. Complex tasks that were incapable of being done in a remote environment will now be possible with more bandwidth and the ability to use XR reality.

The universal roll-out of the 5G network will help organizations embrace the idea of more employees working remotely than ever before. From meetings to collaboration, 5G is going to enhance, improve, and speed up current productivity both in and out of the office.

There is no doubt that 5G is precisely what the remote worker has been waiting on.