With so many unfulfilled promises about how 5G changes lives and transforms technology forever, it’s easy to be skeptical. After all, carriers are moving slower than expected and we have yet to see that explosion of self-driving cars or robot surgeons so many headlines have mentioned.

However, we’re finally starting to see light at the end of the tunnel. 5G is making high-bandwidth, low-latency technology solutions not only possible, but effective enough to exceed the capabilities a wired connection provides. That means widespread migration to the cloud – and revolutionary changes to hardware design.

Initial tests have already proven 5G’s ability to dramatically improve network access point capacity, data throughput, and overall management capabilities – and that’s without 5G-enabled devices being used. In fact, some networks have been able to support more than four times as many users per access point with no complaints about lag, delays, or degraded quality whatsoever.

Whether we like it or not, 5G changes are going to force businesses everywhere to rethink their wired network deployment initiatives – and probably sooner rather than later. While this means major changes to the way you’re doing business now, a wireless-centric network model makes your business more flexible, adaptable, and cost-efficient by freeing it from expensive wired infrastructure and its associated maintenance costs.

Rethinking the Wired World

Quite simply, 5G changes technology’s future and promises nothing short of revolutionary business results. However, it’s likely that most organizations don’t plan on – or can’t – make changes today. After all, most workers still depend on technologies from the wired world to get their work done. You probably still use a desktop computer, still have a phone on your desk, and still use a laptop that relies on wired connections and locally managed applications.

That said, leading technology providers know the end is near for traditional ways to work. Just yesterday, Microsoft announced the global expansion of Windows Virtual Desktop – its cloud-powered desktop OS experience – in a move that will undoubtedly accelerate the move to a world where nothing resides on a PC or wired device.

In fact, 5G will make organizations reconsider everything they know about smartphones. Because wireless performance is at the point where it’s meeting – if not outpacing – wired speeds, it’s only a matter of time until the perfectly designed device comes along to combine the capabilities of PCs and smartphones and create the next generation of enterprise connectivity.

5G Changes are Already Happening

If you’ve been paying close attention, you already know 5G changes have been happening for years. In some cases, this evolution has occurred before 5G or the wireless-driven technology world was a conceivable thought. Desktop technology providers have been busy redesigning their products to natively run on today’s mobile-centric interfaces and devices.

As the last piece of the wireless puzzle, 5G will allow smartphones to finally achieve PC-level performance. However, that doesn’t mean your organization can accomplish this feat easily. To make this happen, most businesses first need to provide the same level of support for these devices they traditionally have for PCs – and the lack of ports and a keyboard/mouse to operate these technologies means concerns where portability is concerned, too.

Before PCs and wired technologies can be completely replaced, traditional mobile device displays must be overhauled. Hardware must change not only to take advantage of these new capabilities, but to maximize user experiences and enhance productivity even further.

If implemented strategically, 5G changes technology forever. Today’s wireless devices will inspire tomorrow’s business models and technology infrastructures – but only if you have the right tools. Enroll in AOTMP® University’s Mobile Device Management Business Strategy Course today to start creating your competitive advantages and leading the next generation of technology.