• Near real-time supply chain

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  • The challenge

    Today’s supply chains can lack end-to-end visibility.

With unpredictable environmental and regulatory factors, today’s supply chains need to be increasingly agile to meet demands.

Supply chains have become highly sophisticated, and monitoring them from manufacturing to delivery can be costly, difficult to scale and resource intensive.

But most businesses lack the end-to-end insight needed to accelerate or slow down production based on demand fluctuations.

  • Supply chains can be vulnerable.

    As supply chains become increasingly interconnected and global, they may become more vulnerable to environmental and regulatory disruptions.

  • 5G opportunities

    5G can shine a new light on supply chain management.

5G could help improve visibility in supply chains and prevent inventory shrink.

5G could provide more accurate product location using near real-time data.

The low latency and faster throughput of 5G could enable improved product tracking.

Capturing near real-time data throughout the supply chain from manufacturing to delivery could help increase agility and responsiveness to demand trends.

How it works

    • When 5G and supply chains come together

      • At the factory, products with 5G-enabled IoT tracking sensors get placed on a truck.

      • Because of 5G’s ability to support mobile devices at scale, it can be possible to accurately track an organization’s full supply chain.

    • When 5G and supply chains come together

      • If there is a delay along the route, a manager could check in and see the exact location, temperature or other environmental factors of products in near real time.
      • 5G’s ability to transmit large data volumes fast with low lag could help supply chain managers measure factors critical to their product quality from tracking sensors.

    • When 5G and supply chains come together

      • Complementing 5G with other emerging technologies could further increase supply chain visibility and planning.
      • 5G combined with artificial intelligence and machine learning could more accurately predict the ETA of when products in transit will deliver to customers.

5G built right

Our 5G Ultra Wideband network is built right to power transformative possibilities for business. Tracking end-to-end supply chain data in near real time requires massive throughput, low latency and the ability to support mobile devices and sensors at scale, which 5G Ultra Wideband can support.

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    • Achieving 5G Ultra Wideband’s extraordinary speeds requires a massive fiber infrastructure.
    • Verizon has made significant investments in fiber densification in major cities around the nation

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  • Millimeter-wave spectrum


    • Verizon has critical spectrum holdings that include millimeter-wave and C-Band spectrum
    • Millimeter-wave spectrum supports 5G Ultra Wideband’s transformative performance and C-band will enable performance and expanded coverage

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  • Small-cell deployment

    Small-cell deployment

    • Verizon has spent years densifying its 4G LTE network, and its 5G network leverages the same densification
    • Verizon has relationships in place with large and small municipalities, enabling its small-cell deployment

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  • Edge computing

    Edge computing

    • Verizon has network locations that are ideally suited for housing edge-computing resources
    • MEC delivers applications closer to the end user while providing access to the tools, power and compute to deploy at scale

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    • This is 5G built right, from the network businesses rely on.

    • 5G Nationwide available in 2,700+ cities on most VZ 5G devices. 5G Ultra Wideband (UWB) available only in parts of select cities.
      Verizon 5G access requires a 5G-capable device.  5G UWB access requires a 5G-capable device with select voice/data and 5G UWB plans.

    • Future use case not currently available.

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