Explore the synergy of 5G and edge computing across industries


Anuj Bhalla,

Leader of digital transformation and cloud
President & Global Head Integrated Cloud and Delivery Excellence

The convergence of 5G networks and edge computing has ushered in an era of transformation across all industries. 5G, often referred to as “enterprise G,” offers unmatched bandwidth, reliability, low latency capacity, and cost efficiency. At the same time, edge computing strategically places processing and storage in close proximity to data sources, further amplifying this technological revolution.

The rise of 5G, with its quantum leap in network capabilities, becomes the innovation hub for the next generation of business applications. For this reason, multi-access edge computing (MEC) is taking center stage, forcing enterprises to move their applications closer to the point of data processing.

In healthcare, the combination has elevated remote diagnostics and patient care to new heights. Likewise, real-time monitoring, predictive maintenance and improved operational efficiency are pushing boundaries in the industrial sector.

Likewise, a myriad of possibilities are unlocked with this dynamic duo, including immersive AI and VR, enhanced personalized content delivery, and interactive experiences.

As we explore the intricacies of this alliance, prepare to embark on a cerebral odyssey where powerful convergence reshapes possibilities across industries.

Unlock potential transformative use cases

  • 1. Empower Healthcare Transformation: Low latency, decentralized data, single point of entry, and real-time reporting change the way we deliver and receive healthcare at the edge of the network. Along with the purpose of enhancing innovation, it also allows for greater efficiency.
    • A. Improve triaging and support: Real-time imaging, analysis and local processing of data from smart devices will ensure timely response and intervention.
    • B. Reduce data vulnerability: Through localized data processing, network slicing, low latency, a more secure and resilient network can be created.
    • C. Personalize Virtual Assistance: Uninterrupted consultations, real-time data analysis and improved communication allow you to benefit from effective personalized assistance from anywhere.
    • D. Set up smart health care: The seamless integration of medical devices, ingestible sensors, and others creates an efficient ecosystem that can augment monitoring and treatment.
  • 2. Revolutionizing Personalized Retail Experiences:Currently navigating a complex data landscape, edge computing with 5G will support the revolution of personalized retail experiences and automation in a fraction of a second. Technology plays a significant role in unlocking a “dematerialized” shopping experience. It offers streamlined and real-time operations.
    • A. Prevent losses: The ability to provide instant data analytics from video streams and sensors allows retailers to streamline supply chains, reduce shrinkage and automate inventory replenishment.
    • B. Supply Chain Optimization: Low latency and high computing power enable retailers to deliver targeted marketing campaigns, personalized recommendations and ads. It also helps strengthen security measures.
    • C. Efficient shop layout: Through features such as real-time personalization via interactive screens or smartphones, sensors and cameras, the technological aids in the shop self-checkout (SCO), online shopping, collection in store functionality (BOPIS).
  • 3. Unleash connected smart cities: Covering the gamut from street lighting and traffic flow optimization to smart buildings and parks, improved edge connectivity via 5G distributed cloud architectures and increased network resiliency can transform cities into ecosystems of connected intelligence.
    • A. Digital Equity: As data and government functions become more reliable, people can fully participate in city activities through smart devices.
    • B. Intelligent environment: By providing low-latency on-demand computing resources, smart homes, parking lots, and other AI-powered devices can improve their performance.
    • C. Improved Visibility: Real-time monitoring with low latency will help improve monitoring, make faster decisions and protect your data.
    • D. Lower operating expenses: Decentralized and distributed computing infrastructure and local data processing will optimize network bandwidth, reduce storage costs, and offer near-infinite scalability.
  • 4. Next Generation Telecommunications Fusion: In addition to real-time processing of data closer to where it is generated, the introduction of 5G will reduce high bandwidth costs for businesses and help manage low or no internet areas.
    • A. Better network efficiency: The distributed nature of edge computing can reduce the load on the core network and improve both availability and resiliency while minimizing congestion for telos.
    • B. Expedited Content Delivery: By deploying edge servers closer to end users, telecom providers can significantly reduce the distance data has to travel, leading to faster content delivery.
    • C. Flexible scalability: Minimized network challenges enable telecom providers to optimize resource allocation, deliver services with precision, and achieve significant scalability, especially during peak usage periods or in high-density areas.
  • 5. Autonomous Edge Connectivity in Transportation: Localized data processing, low-latency connectivity, and real-time analytics can revolutionize how the logistics function enables connectivity in areas lacking legacy infrastructure, address supply chain resilience issues, and improve operational efficiency and safety.
    • A. Connected Vehicles: Seamless ultra-reliable low-latency communications (URLLC) between vehicles and road infrastructure will efficiently enable object tracking in autonomous vehicles, remote control and process automation.
    • B. Intelligent infrastructure: By enabling up to one million connections per square kilometre, connected infrastructure endpoints will help optimize traffic flow in a timely manner and improve overall road efficiency.
    • C. Improved communication: Continuous real-time communication and data exchange between vehicles and teams will lead to optimized routing, increased fuel efficiency, reduced experience and maintenance costs, and improved fleet operations.
    • D. Tailored experience: High-speed Internet access, together with optimized routes and personalized recommendations ensure a pleasant and uninterrupted travel experience.

Leverage the power of 5G and edge computing for a synergistic revolution

As new opportunities rise (real-time intelligence), streamline operations (autonomous systems), deliver better customer experiences (immersive experiences), and strengthen cybersecurity, the seamless integration of 5G networks and ‘edge computing will radically transform the way we communicate and experience – ushering in a hyperconnected future that will uncover a multitude of possibilities across diverse industries.

About the author

Anuj Bhalla,
Leader of digital transformation and cloud
President & Global Head Integrated Cloud and Delivery Excellence

Anuj Bhalla, President & Global Head for Integrated Cloud and Delivery Excellence at Tech Mahindra, is a seasoned digital and cloud leader. With a proven track record of leading digital transformation and delivering cutting-edge technology services, Anuj is renowned for his strategic acumen and expertise in delivery transformation. He excels in devising and executing digital roadmaps across various industries and is passionate about creating value for clients through new age technologies. He is an active contributor to technology business publications, maintains a strong online presence and is a sought-after speaker on emerging technologies and the role of IT service providers in the digital age.

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