5G pilot projects might last for three to six months, depending on scope. And even during this crawl phase, businesses can begin plotting the subsequent steps.
That may include assessing the physical readiness of buildings, factories, and campuses for installation of private 5G. For example, the requisite components for a private 5G wireless plan within a building include fiber optic cable, Category 6 wiring, conduit, and an adequate power supply.
And perhaps most crucially: it’s not always necessary for 5G use cases to be perfected before getting started with pilot projects and initial 5G rollouts, according to Jeff Holzinger, Senior Director – Site Development at T-Mobile for Business. That’s true even for teams like his own that are focused on operational excellence, he says.
Often, the best approach is to “start now, start small, and perfect over time,” Holzinger adds. The potential payoff of getting started right away is the ability to provide a better user experience or customer experience sooner than would have been possible otherwise.
Then, it’s time to begin planning for the walk and run phases of 5G. “There are a lot of applications and use cases going through the incubation period and being developed now,” says Holzinger. “Build for the future.”
For more on how to “crawl, walk, and run” with 5G in business, see:
WALK: Moving from 5G exploration to embracing use cases at scale.
RUN: Accelerating innovation and strategic advantage with 5G.