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KMF partners the telecommunications industry through ground-breaking change

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As the 5G infrastructure begins to rollout what does this technology mean for the telecoms sector?

Our digital ecosystem is rapidly changing. The last decade or so has seen the landscape shift dramatically, with the introduction of 4G and integral technologies including Smartphones, IoT (Internet of Things), cloud storage, app-based platforms, and a thriving digital economy.

In 2021, the number of mobile users worldwide stood at 7.1 billion, with forecasts suggesting a rise to 7.26 billion by 2022. 5G technology is the next big upgrade for telecommunications networks and devices as they adapt to this surge in demand as we continue to live most of our lives online.

The 5G upgrade to the telecom's infrastructure will bring evolutionary changes to the IoT, promising to enable several exciting applications. Offering lower latency, higher speed, and capacity, it is destined to transform our daily lives. Ten times faster than 4G, it will boost efficiency in the workplace, bringing increased data speed, as well as improving gaming, streaming, and downloading of content, VR/AR, and mobile gaming.

This technology will not only connect people. It will connect machines, devices and objects and impact on many industries including gaming, security, sports, healthcare, transportation, media, and AI. New business opportunities will be created, with interconnection between devices, sensors, infrastructure, and computing elements further enabling new ways for management. Lower latency enhances real-time apps such as AR/VR, and a higher capacity and speed enables more devices to be online at once, with data moving faster, easily exceeding 5Gbps. Most significantly will be the increased power 5G brings to the performance of cutting-edge innovations such as Artificial Intelligence (AI) and automation.

As with many other major changes to the tech landscape, 5G will arrive as a series of five waves, following a route to commercialisation which is easiest to deploy. By 2022, deployment will enter its fourth wave, with 5G Low-Power Wide-Area (LPWA) and massive Machine-Type Communications (mMTC) in place. The final and fifth wave will occur beyond 2022 and enable Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), (Ultra-reliable low-latency communication) URLLC, ultra-reliable new radio access technology (NR), ultra-low latency NR and satellite use.

As one of the UK's largest sheet metal manufacturers, KMF manufactures a wide variety of custom-made, high-performance, and bespoke products to support the telecoms industry. Strong engineering relationships with our customers and expert new product introduction processes allow us to bring telecom products to market rapidly, to meet fast changing customer needs and regulatory requirements. Our range of high-quality products include IP rated enclosure hardware, racking systems, roadside and trackside telecoms equipment and telecoms storage, including 5G telecoms cabinets to house cutting-edge communications technology.

Ready to discuss your next project? KMF will offer options around an engineering solution to fit your requirements. To find out more email sales@kmf.co.uk or contact one of our metal manufacturing experts here.

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