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What Does 5G Mean For Data Analytics?

Data analytics is a field that’s constantly evolving. In recent years we’ve seen the arrival of big data, as well as the introduction of 4G. But now we’re preparing for the introduction of 5G, which could have an impact on data analytics for companies of all sizes.

An article for Dataconomy has suggested that the arrival of 5G will bring about a “culture shift” in data analytics.

There are several things that will change with the arrival of 5G. Firstly, the speed with which data is transmitted between devices and providers will increase. According to the news provider, latencies for some applications could be as low as a millisecond.

5G will also lead to an increase in data traffic, not only from smartphones, but also Internet of Things (IoT) enabled devices.

But what does this mean for data analysts? The main point they will have to concern themselves with is developing and delivering a fast data strategy. That means making use of this vast wealth of information in real time.

The news provider explained that there are a number of advantages to adopting a fast data strategy – and to being one of the first to do so.

For those operating a network, such as mobile service providers, it can allow them to pick up any decline in the quality of service quickly and rectify the problem, as well as allowing for the adjustment of network traffic to alleviate performance perception issues.

There are also enhanced opportunities for communicating with customers in real time, either in relation to new offers or to alert them to any disruption of your service.

The news provider also pointed out that it is China which is leading the race for 5G adoption. The country has been ploughing investment into this area for some time and is currently expected to be one of the frontrunners.

Among the things that 5G can facilitate are self-driving cars, smart cities and virtual reality, to name just a few. 

“In short, whichever country gets 5G networks up and running first will have a huge global investment and hiring advantage,” the website asserted.

But it isn’t only in Asia where nations are gearing up for 5G. VIVA Bahrain launched the first 5G showcase in the country on 25 June, with Bahrain set to be one of the first countries in the world to introduce 5G technology.

VIVA Bahrain CEO Ulaiyan Al Wetaid commented: “The aim of the 5G live launch is to allow the public to get a feeling of what 5G technology brings to our lives.”

Meanwhile, the company’s chairman Abdulla Al Zmami said that the live launch event “reconfirms our genuine commitment to accelerate Bahrain’s digitisation and continuous effort to introduce the latest technologies to the people of Bahrain”.

Bahrain could be a good place to watch to see the impact that 5G-enabled devices and networks can have, allowing data analysts to start exploring new ways of providing their valuable services in this era of fast data and the IoT.