5G is a unified way of communicating. Of course, 4G was also that, but with 5G you have a more reliable, more robust network that connects a lot of things, bringing ultra-low latency and a massive network capacity. This benefits our customers by enabling them to make even better data-driven decisions about their business.
I look at 5G implementation as a three-step process. Step 1 is the rollout of 5G, which Tele2 is currently doing. Step 2 – roaming – is being implemented quickly and will mean you are no longer dependent on your own network operator anymore – you can have sensors with the same performance with all networks when you go abroad. Once we have these two steps completed, we’ll be on step 3: massive IoT.
If we take the 5G proof-of-concept Tele2 IoT did with Speeron and Nordic Choice Hotels, they were able to instantly see the benefits of flexible mobile connectivity and the ability to deploy a lot of services on 5G. Going forward, they will connect everything from devices to people to buildings, as will other customers. With 5G, it doesn’t matter if we’re talking about a single car, an office building, or an entire city – a robust network with ultra-low latency and a huge capacity means reliability and stability, which opens up huge possibilities.
Currently the hospitality industry is seeing that 5G improves the complete user experience. Take your average hotel guest – they’re spoiled by their own mobile phone, which usually has the best connectivity. When they walk into a hotel, though, they tend to get an inferior user experience. Being able to connect to 5G when you enter the hotel means a seamless user experience. 5G also benefits the back of the house, where sensors and devices allow for the optimization of everything from energy consumption to air quality. It’s ease of use on one side and since 5G is super reliable, it’s a great experience for both the front and the back of the house because everything has the possibility to be more seamlessly connected.