The 5G Revolution: What’s one more “G” among friends?

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The 5G Revolution: What’s one more “G” among friends?

3G, 4G, LTE, and now 5G. Why should we care? What is “one more G” in the pantheon of mobile standards and what does it mean to the IT industry in general, and the staffing industry and client staffing decisions in particular?

Beginning with the advent of 2G technology, but really starting with 3G, the telecommunications industry and a number of other industries were changed forever. Ubiquitous voice and data, broadband internet access, digital apps, the appearance of the cloud, big data, e-commerce, and even the explosion of services like Uber or Airbnb and social media platforms like Instagram or LinkedIn have been made possible by these mobile technologies. Without them, we might still have these services, but we would be forever tethered to a desktop or laptop computer at home or at internet cafés.

Now comes 5G. While 5G may seem like an evolution, it has the potential to bring another revolution to consumer and B-to-B markets and services. It will bring higher speeds to the edge, more reliable connections, connectivity to a massive number of devices, and cost reductions. Finally, 5G uses less energy and is applicable to a much greater range of use cases.

Key Skills

In terms of what it means to the IT industry and staffing firms everywhere, the demand for five key skills will dominate the deployment of both 5G and the technologies that use this new capability. Staffing firms that can provide these skills quickly, at scale, cost-effectively, and with the ability to flex with demand will be the leaders in this new market.

  • 5G will require the ability to engineer platforms on a small scale. The use of this technology in the Internet of things is predicted to have a massive effect on endpoints that can be interconnected to perform functions not yet considered. To deploy 5G in the Internet of things requires that the connected devices be cheap, small, low power, and “everywhere” — meaning the ability to engineer small “things” will be critical.
  • Next, 5G will require wide-ranging cloud, privacy, and security capabilities. Each new 5G connection represents a larger drain on computing resources and the opportunity for exploitation. Connecting, servicing, and security this new high-speed network will be the key to future use cases for the technology.
  • Further, 5G will generate vast amounts of data, necessitating quantum leaps in big data skills, machine learning, robotics, data mining, and visualization to make use of the data coming from the Internet of things devices everywhere. …. Read Full Article Here