Manufacturers won over by private 5G networks
A study carried out by the Capgemini Research Institute looked at manufacturers’ expectations of 5G. While companies see many opportunities, a number of obstacles remain.
According to the report “Accelerating the 5G Industrial Revolution: State of 5G and Edge Computing in Industrial Operations”, published by the Capgemini Research Institute, the adoption of 5G in the industry starts at sadness. Indeed, out of a panel of 1,000 global industrial players interested in the very high-speed network, only 30% are at the pilot stage or beyond. However, 40% of companies surveyed plan to deploy 5G at scale, at a single site, within the next two years.
Among early adopters, six in ten saw operational efficiencies and 43% saw increased flexibility. Respondents also seem optimistic about the potential new revenues linked to 5G: more than half (51%) plan to take advantage of it to offer new products and 60% to offer new services. More than six in ten companies (64%) also plan to leverage 5G to implement edge computing services within the next three years. Additionally, more than a third of the panel indicate a preference for private 5G networks, particularly in the semiconductor and high-tech sector (50%), followed by aerospace and defense (46%). ).
Reconciling 5G with sustainable approaches
However, the decision-makers interviewed raised a number of obstacles associated with the deployment of 5G. Of these, 70% consider cybersecurity management to be a major issue. Almost as many (69%) also point to the need to manage several suppliers to have all the functional components, with the associated identification and integration issues. The report also highlights the progression of environmental issues in industrial companies. For 53% of respondents, reducing the environmental impact of their 5G implementations is a priority, while 67% want to consider the sustainability credentials of 5G operators, vendors and suppliers as part of their decisions purchases.