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How 5G combined with UC enhances field services

Posted by Daniel Noworatzky on Apr 24, 2024 10:25:00 AM

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5G data connectivity marks a revolutionary shift in telecommunications with profound implications for deploying and using unified communications (UC) systems. This is especially true for employees working in the field services sector.

In this article, we examine the challenges faced by these field services professionals and the advantages and capabilities that 5G data connectivity delivers. We also examine how 5G, combined with UC, offers an unprecedented level of communications and remote interaction for workers in these areas.

Field services defined

This type of service is characterized by tasks performed in the field, rather than a centralized, fixed location like an office or a factory. More broadly, the term refers to any work conducted outside a traditional office environment, often at a client’s site or in an external, on-site setting. Field service workers usually fall within the mobile workforce category or are considered hybrid employees.

Professions within field services include maintenance and repair services, mobile healthcare, inspection and quality control, utility services, environmental services, and construction and landscaping.

Workers in all these areas typically require extreme mobility while maintaining access to a wide range of network services to equip them with information, enable instant interaction with data systems, ensure adaptability, and facilitate real-time problem-solving.

Field services require constant connectivity so professionals can access the tools and information to perform their tasks efficiently and effectively in varying locations and conditions. UC systems and 5G are a perfect combination to address all these needs.

Unified communications (UC) services

UC delivers an enhanced user experience due to the multiple channels of interaction it provides. UC systems enrich communications by leveraging additional services, including collaboration capabilities, remote meeting features, multi-feed video, AI enhancements, and integration with third-party applications.

When you combine UC with a versatile mobile device, such as a large-screen tablet or a lightweight laptop, the level of mobility and ease of interaction with such systems increases considerably. Of course, these systems require constant and reliable broadband connectivity regardless of location, and that’s where 5G comes into the picture.

5G networks

Compared with previous generations of mobile technology, 5G delivers higher speeds, enhanced coverage, greater network capacities, lower latency, improved handoff mechanisms, and superior mobility capabilities. 5G’s focus on specific application areas has further improved its performance, making it ideal for use with UC applications that demand high network performance.

5G coverage currently encompasses not only urban areas but also, to a large extent, areas outside traditional city centers. Both in the United States and worldwide, 5G initially had a slow start but has recently been enjoying unprecedented expansion. According to some sources, over 75% of the population of the U.S. lives within range of a 5G signal.

5G’s exceptional data connectivity capabilities make it a true game-changer for delivering highly available, high-performance network connectivity throughout geographically dispersed areas. It provides the ideal network connectivity characteristics sought by field services professionals.

5G and UC integration

The combination of 5G’s data connectivity performance and unprecedented coverage with highly advanced UC systems on cutting-edge mobile devices represents the ideal circumstances to deliver the highest quality remote UC services to field services professionals in multiple sectors.

This represents a substantial paradigm shift in how both UC systems and network services are being leveraged, offering unprecedented efficiency and effectiveness… anywhere.

This shift is evident in several key areas:

  • Improved video communications: Video has undergone a transformation thanks to 5 G’s ultra-fast and reliable connections. For example, mobile healthcare professionals, on-site technicians, and utility services employees can benefit from high-definition, lag-free video calls as part of a UC system. This video makes remote consultations and technological support more effective and personal, improving customer care and satisfaction.

  • Enhanced remote collaboration: UC systems that leverage additional collaboration tools benefit greatly from 5G. Utility workers, for instance, can now use augmented reality (AR) for repairs and maintenance, receiving real-time guidance from experts located elsewhere. This not only minimizes errors but also accelerates the training process for new employees.

  • Bandwidth, connectivity, and coverage: The enhanced bandwidth and connectivity of 5G support multiple simultaneous connections for UC and other network services. This, in addition to the ever-increasing coverage of 5G services, is essential for all field services professionals, especially those with specialized mission-critical roles.

  • Real-time data access: The advent of 5G has brought about a seismic change in data management because field services professionals can now access and update information instantly. For instance, maintenance technicians equipped with 5G can download complex equipment schematics on-site within seconds, radically reducing downtime and enhancing operational efficiency.

Case studies: 5G and UC systems in action

To illustrate the real-world impact of 5G-enabled UC systems in field services, let’s explore a few case studies.

Maintenance and repair services

A national service company that adopted 5G reported significantly reduced response times to equipment failures. Technicians with real-time access to data and seamless UC interaction with centralized support offices were able to diagnose and rectify issues more swiftly, increasing customer satisfaction and operational efficiency.

Mobile healthcare

A healthcare provider utilizing 5G for telemedicine transformed patient care in rural areas. High-quality video consultations via UC platforms became the norm, ensuring clearer communication between patients and healthcare professionals. Additionally, quickly accessing and updating medical records made patient care more efficient and effective.

Utility services

A utility company’s shift to 5G enhanced its response capabilities during outages. Field technicians could more effectively coordinate with central control rooms, access real-time grid data, and restore services faster, thus minimizing downtime and improving customer trust.

Inspection and quality control

Inspectors in various industries equipped with 5G-enabled devices reported significant improvements in the inspection process. The ability to instantly access compliance databases, submit reports from the field, and communicate effectively with support teams and customers streamlined operations and improved the accuracy of compliance checks.


5G’s groundbreaking data network capabilities and constantly expanding reach, combined with sophisticated UC systems and platforms, have fostered an ideal setting for field services professionals to excel in their roles.

Offering almost universal connectivity with broadband-like speeds, these technologies enhance communications and interaction for field workers, empowering them to perform at their best.

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Topics: Mobility (including remote work), Mobile, Unified Communications, 5G

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