What 5G means for remote workers-They are also able to do so from far-flung locations
The number of people working remotely in the U.S. has exploded recently, thanks in part to technological advances making it easier to collaborate, send information, edit documents, conduct research and a host of other activities. They are also able to do so from far-flung locations—anywhere from a home office to an airport. Between 2005 to 2017, there was a 159% increase in the number of people working remotely, according to a survey by FlexJobs and Global Workplace Analytics.
But you ain’t seen nothing yet. That’s because new high-speed 5G networks, especially when combined with other technology, are likely to transform remote work. For one thing, according to industry observers, they’ll enable people to transmit and download massive amounts of data easily and almost instantaneously. As important, they should allow employees to perform many tasks remotely that once required they be physically present on site, while also vastly boosting the capabilities of workers in the field. “The shift from 4G to 5G will fundamentally change how, where, when, and in what ways we work,” wrote Omar Abbosh, group executive for Accenture’s communications, media and technology business, and Paul Nunes, managing director of thought leadership at Accenture Research, in a recent article.
Changes in bandwidth, speed and latency
The reason for this transformation lies with 5G’s increased bandwidth, faster speeds, and low latency, or response times. It all means that remote workers will be able accomplish tasks they couldn’t before with slower and lower bandwidth capabilities.
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