CP: What is one 5G use case that partners can tap into?
VB: MSPs will be indispensable for 5G deployment. One great use case that is already in play is campus and enterprise environments. Specifically, take manufacturing: 5G is opening up access to new data sources and advanced communication between machines. Some hot applications for 5G include IoT, robotics, AI, smart cities, autonomous cars, health care, automotive, financial, services, entertainment and media industries. For example: large distribution centers fulfilling daily products (i.e. groceries) will need robotics, autonomous vehicles, etc.
CP: Any aspect of tech alliances partners should pay attention to?
VB: The biggest benefit with strategic alliances in 5G is the ability to scale. For example, AT&T, a pioneer on mmWave, tapping the Microsoft Cloud and its flagship "Azure for Operators,” enables partners much faster growth with their customers in today's data rich ecosystems. To stay on the forefront of tech alliances and associated information and benefit from them, partners should look to tap industry alliances, such as Cradlepoint, 5G programs for industrial applications, open and interoperable 5G wireless, and others.
CP: Is anything else you want to add?
VB: One of the biggest issues for business owners is the lack of a clear ROI on 5G technology. Coupled with that is in-building signal issues. Industry leaders might do well to consider whether Wi-Fi 6 should be prioritized over 5G. Faster, more reliable and low latency communications offer new marketing strategies and a greater opportunity to approach customers. Domination of the technical and deployable landscape of 5G will be in the large enterprise space for the next few years. Private industries that can build out their own 5G network will be the first to reap the benefits.