3G, 4G, 5G . . . what’s the difference? There’s a big difference – it’s a revolution.

First, in speed, latency, and network design. When fully deployed, it’s predicted that 5G in some locations could offer speeds up to 100 times faster than 4G. Also, 5G is designed to have lower latency than 4G, and combining that with “edge” network offerings will make it even more useful for many applications. As Mo Katibeh of AT&T Business notes, “lower latency and mass connectivity are just as important [as speed] in transforming businesses. Or if you’re a manufacturer who is using video as a sensor to conduct quality control on a production line, that lower latency is key to creating new efficiencies.”

Second, in security. Thanks to innovations in network design and wireless technology, the 5G network is being designed to be even more secure, agile, and resilient than prior generations. At the edge, security will be embedded to combat attacks and prevent them from spreading. Encryption will become stronger, which will be critical for consumer applications such as the devices connected to the Internet of Things (IoT).

Businesses are taking the innovation that 5G represents and applying their own innovations to help their companies thrive. In particular, the unique architecture of 5G helps determine how business can best take advantage of it. For many businesses, this means pushing applications to the edge of the network for even lower latency and faster data processing, along with security built in there.

For instance, at the Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, AT&T’s 5G solutions, led by Multi-Access Edge Computing, a cloud-based service at the edge of the network, enable faster data handling and a better patient experience. And 5G brings innovation to factories. The AT&T and Samsung collaboration on smart manufacturing at Samsung Austin Semiconductor will impact efficiency, safety, and security while bringing 5G innovations to operations such as automation and training.

All this requires a close collaboration between AT&T and the enterprise to meet customer requirements and to maximize the potential of 5G.

But this revolution is only beginning. On February 11 at the AT&T Policy Forum, come hear Mo Katibeh, EVP-Chief Marketing Officer, AT&T Business, speak about how businesses are already using 5G for innovation. He’ll be joined by John Godfrey, Senior Vice President of Public Policy at Samsung; Karen Kerrigan, President & CEO of the Small Business Entrepreneurship Council; Shailesh Prakash, CIO of the Washington Post; and Karen S. Rheuban, M.D., Professor of Pediatrics and Director of the UVA Center for Telehealth.

With strong competition among carriers in the U.S. – helped by policies that encourage getting 5G-usable spectrum into the hands of network operators – the U.S. is winning the global race to 5G. Now, business can begin to take advantage of all 5G can offer – and discover new innovations not yet imagined.

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