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Industry 5.0

How can you combine the creativity of humans with the efficiency of machines?

With human-centric networks that bring both together, intelligently.

The information age is truly upon us with Industry 5.0 set to take us further, faster – shifting from process automation to a human-centric, collaborative and more sustainable approach.

Even though it took more than a century to move from one industrial revolution to the next, Industry 4.0 has advanced quickly. Digitalization has expanded dramatically through technology advancements in automation, robotization, data analytics, virtualization, artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML) and devices. Industry 5.0 integrates resilient, sustainable, and human-centric technologies, organizational concepts, and management principles to improve ecosystems, supply chains and operations across industries.

Industry 5.0 builds on Industry 4.0 where the priority has been automation, to focus more broadly on a human-centric approach, cross-sector collaboration, a circular economy and a shared vision of utilizing technology for a better future. Industry 5.0 will take advantage of human expertise and creativity to collaborate with machines, algorithms, and cognitive systems so that they can perform a large portion of tasks with resource-efficient operating solutions. The digital technologies in Industry 5.0 are also present in Industry 4.0. However, they provide additional value when considered from the resilience, sustainability, and human-centric perspectives. Industry 5.0 does not replace Industry 4.0 but supplements and expands it.

$6.8 billion

The collaborative robot (cobot) market is expected to be worth $6.8 billion by 2029, growing at a CAGR of 34.3% during the forecast period.

$48 billion

According to Siemens the projected value of global digital twin market in 2026, reflecting a compound annual growth rate of 58% from $3 billion in 2020.


The cost of workplace injuries is tremendous and estimated at 4% of the world’s GDP, according to the International Labour Organization. Robots and cobots will lower the number of injuries.

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  • Create an effective edge computing ecosystem, delivering the power of cloud at the front door of the industry and enabling a low-latency network environment, which will be key to productizing Industry 5.0 applications.
  • The convergence of OT and IT environments, coupled with other Industry 5.0 applications including digital twins and cobots, will render the industrial network more vulnerable to security attacks. Service providers could develop and provide cybersecurity services to protect Industry 5.0 apps from potential cyber threats, ensuring the safety and integrity of their operations.
  • Despite the value it brings to enterprises and industries, Industry 5.0 is increasingly complex and challenging to implement. Besides network connectivity, enterprises need to consider application design, software engineering, power and battery ecosystems, subject matter expertise around big data, analytics, and security, creating a huge vendor ecosystem to navigate. Service providers can build a successful professional services business around Industry 5.0 and detangle this for the enterprise as a one-stop shop.
  • Accelerated deployment of fiber and non-terrestrial networks with innovative funding models like exploring partnerships with industry ecosystems, private investors, and government bodies This is critical for catering to the high demand for reliable connectivity solutions for industries like power generation, mining, etc., typically located in areas of lower population where commercial 5G networks make less economic sense.
  • Service providers have the potential to monetize various assets and services, including user data, in the industry 5.0 context. Data can be leveraged to optimize collaboration between humans and robots, improving productivity and the quality of work. Bundle this data management and actionable insights with network connectivity for enterprises creating new revenue streams.


What’s next?

Nokia is continuously innovating in an ever-changing tech landscape, assisting companies in delivering advanced, hyperconnected customer experiences. We are helping companies address constantly evolving technology in an accelerating race to deliver in the most advanced, hyperconnected and seamless experiences for their customers.

We’ll help you understand what is needed to evolve and safeguard your IT, operations, and network infrastructure to prepare to safeguard and ensure your future business success.