The Future of data usage – Where will 5G take us?

Reliance on data has led to usage increasing across public and business sectors year on year. For example, mobile data usage more than doubles each year, with a current monthly average usage of 2.7GB with this figure set to rise to 18gb by 2021. Both home and business users data usage is drastically increasing due to improved speeds rolling out across the UK. The average broadband speed is now 46mbps and is increasing 25% each year. Data hungry machines and work practices are here to stay so what can 5G bring to businesses when roll out starts in 2020?

Spectrum auctions are already underway for the beginning of the 5G rollout, due to start in 2020, with more than 41million 5G connections expected by 2024. IoT (Internet of things) is heavily associated with the rollout and promises improved connectivity for smart homes/offices to intelligent cars and everything in between.

Software Defined Networks 

5G connectivity also paves the way for the development of software defined networks. An example of this is the ability to flex and control bandwidths on Ethernet circuits. Whilst some providers are beginning to roll this out now 5G technology will make this and other SDN’s easier to provide for a mass market. SND’s can impact other telecom infrastructures such as virtualised servers and storage solutions improving flexibility for users.

Artificial Intelligence 

Artificial intelligence is also set to benefit from 5G roll out by providing connectivity with almost zero latency. AI can be smarter and useful within the workplace without unnecessary mistakes getting in the way. Artificial Intelligence can often misconstrue meanings in human language. For example, depending on how the word “tablet” is used, it could refer to a handheld computer, a pill or even a large, flat stone like the one containing the Ten Commandments. 5G can help eradicate these simple mistakes by providing enough speed to allow AI to learn more efficiently.


Security with increased data consumption should always be paramount. The low-latency speeds of 5G can enable tighter security as data will no longer need to route to the cloud. Devices such as smartphones and computers to produce data on the edge of the network before sending to the cloud. Reducing our reliance on cloud technology as we see it today and providing greater scope for improved security protocols.