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Nearly half of organizations are already using 5G

Higher speed, increased productivity and better user experience are main reasons for using 5G

Half of Dutch organizations (47%) are already currently using 5G. This is according to research by NTT DATA among 500 IT professionals. Not surprisingly, sixteen percent of organizations are spending more money on 5G than on other emerging technologies. Then again, not all of these appear to be equally popular. Blockchain, in particular, is still little deployed: only 23 percent of organizations are using it.

Advantages of 5G

The popularity of 5G is due to the many benefits the technology offers. The top three benefits according to IT professionals are: providing higher speed (65%), increasing productivity (30%) and a better user experience (18%). In addition, 18% identified 5G as the most popular emerging technology for reduced downtime.

No 5G deployment (yet)

Despite these benefits, 42 percent of organizations are not yet using 5G. Eighteen percent of these also have no concrete plans to get started with the technology. The main reasons are: 5G cannot advance services (34%), lack of interest (21%) and the perception that the technology is not yet sufficiently developed (14%). Thus, the latter group is still awaiting further developments.

Jeetinder Purwaha, Telecom Consulting Lead Benelux at NTT DATA: "Of course, organizations cannot adopt all the new technologies that come along. But 5G is definitely one to look further into. In addition to high speed, 5G also provides other features e.g. low-latency and edge computing which are required for time critical actions. With proper implementation, it will, among other things, increase productivity. To determine whether 5G or any other new technology can help your company, it is advisable to discover together with your colleagues what their needs are. That way you also immediately create support throughout the organization for a new technology and everyone can get the most out of it."

About the research

This survey was conducted on behalf of NTT DATA by PanelWizard among 503 salaried Dutch people (18+) who can describe their current position as IT professional, IT manager or IT specialist. They are employed in financial institutions, wholesale and retail, manufacturing, information and communications and transportation. This survey examined emerging technologies 5G, Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain, Intelligent Automation, Internet of Things, Low code and VR, AR & XR.