The Role of 5G in ICT Transformation

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By Leo Gergs | 3Q 2021 | IN-6275


What Can We Learn from Enterprise 5G Announcements in 2021?


Towards the end of 2020, the year 2021 had been described as the “execution year” for enterprise 5G by leading figures from the telecom industry. Now that the first half of 2021 has passed, it is time to assess where we stand with enterprise 5G, what has happened in the first half of the year, and where developments should be going.

From an enterprise point of view, two important announcements were made during the first half of 2021: industrial automation vendors Siemens and Bosch both have announced new digitization of their offerings during this year’s Hannover Messe (in April 2021). While Siemens launched an industrial router for wireless connectivity (either supporting industrial WLAN or 4G, and later on, 5G), Bosch Rexroth launched their digitization platform ctrlx. An interesting side note to observe was the fact that the announcement, as well as the subsequent presentation, exclusively focused on key manufacturing applications and use cases. The fact that these use cases will be enabled by 5G connectivity (with 3GPP’s Release…

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