U.S. manufacturing is undergoing a positive and powerful reckoning. While bracing for the second wave of the cataclysmic COVID-19 pandemic, the manufacturing sector has expanded at the “fastest pace since late 2018”, according to Bloomberg.
With the new normal setting in – an encore of Industry 4.0 efforts – enterprises are rapidly integrating and strengthening their industrial connectivity efforts to bolster their now remote workforce. If Industry 4.0 was considered to be a manufacturing revolution, then the connection network known as 5G is rapidly emerging as the high-speed expressway that will tie the pieces of the former together.
To quickly back up…
The next generation of the cellular network that appears in the top right-hand corner of your phone (think 3G, 4G, LTE, etc.), 5G is the fastest connection available for both consumer and enterprise use. Divided into three speed tiers, low-band, mid-band, and high-band, 5G supercharges download speeds of everything from web pages to data derived from the industrial IoT.
In today’s economic climate, companies are pushed to innovate upon data at unprecedented speeds. The COVID-19 pandemic has only accelerated these needs with increased pressure to maintain pre-pandemic customer service. However, with the introduction of such innovations as 5G, companies no longer have to choose between implementation of these offerings and planned downtime.
Amidst the pandemic, 5G empowers companies to continue steamrolling towards the following overarching digital transformation goals:
While the manufacturing industry is at the tip of the 5G implementation iceberg, like other Industry 4.0 transformative efforts, the COVID-19 pandemic will continue to progress 5G changes at unprecedented speeds.
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