The highly anticipated arrival of 5G is just around the corner and with it comes the promise of huge benefits to many businesses, and the legal sector is no exception.
We explain exactly how your law firm could be affected by the next generation of mobile network and highlight the importance of preparation and support.
What benefits will 5G bring to the legal sector?
For law firms, 5G technology will rapidly speed up the time it takes to process data and complete due diligence efficiently. Other benefits include:
Enhanced Mobile Broadband (eMBB)
eMBB will provide faster downloads and enhance capacity, allowing thousands of devices to connect simultaneously, whether in an office environment or remotely.
Lawyers will benefit from a seamless user experience and be able to offer real-time interaction with clients via video monitoring and virtual meetings. The technology also has the ability to provide real-time translations for clients that speak different languages.
The new cellular technology is predicted to reach speeds of up to 10 Gbps, which is a 100x faster than the current 4G technology.
Daily legal sector work activities such as file sharing and telephone or video conference calls will become more productive and reliable to allow lawyers to work effectively. Remote working will also become more productive as increased speeds will make it easier to conduct research, edit documents and collaborate.
By allowing lawyers to work quickly and efficiently, the legal sector should see cost savings and improved productivity as a result of 5G technology.
Latency is the amount of time it takes for data to get from one point to another. Most technologies have struggled to reduce latency, however 5G has been designed to significantly reduce it by up to 25x compared to 4G, improving user experience. Current latency rates are between 40-50 milliseconds. 5G will provide undetectable latency with an expected 1 millisecond or less wait time.
For law firms, time consuming tasks such as processing new data and setting up new cases will be completed more quickly and efficiently.
Fixed wireless access (FWA)
To support home working further, 5G provides home internet access using wireless mobile technology instead of fixed lines.
With businesses across the world relying heavily on a stable internet connection, FWA is a more reliable option for legal sector firms as it won’t be affected by weather conditions. Fixed wireless is also more environmentally friendly because it uses less energy compared to other connections.
5G will give legal firms access to a fast, reliable and unbroken internet connection, which is particularly important when conducting admin tasks such as importing customer details or adding a new case.
There will also be no dropped calls as a result of an unreliable connection when talking to clients, which will allow anyone in the legal sector to retain high standards of service and professionalism.
Access to new technologies
5G will provide the legal sector with the ability to use technologies and applications such as AI, use cases and The Internet of Things (IoT) in their legal firms.
Smart offices featuring mobile VDI (Virtual Desktop Infrastructure) technology and AI face recognition systems will also become a reality. This will provide the legal sector with efficiencies and new working capabilities.
Now that you know the benefits that this new technology has the potential to bring to your legal firm, do you think you’re 5G ready?
Support is key to reap the benefits of 5G
With the imminent rollout of 5G, it’s important to have the right support in place to ensure your firm is prepared and eliminate the risk of being left behind. Our support services will ensure the best IT performance for you. Get in touch to arrange your free IT consultation.