Adapting for 5G Before its Arrival

By Telecom Tech Outlook | Wednesday, October 09, 2019

The next generation of wireless communication technology is expected to be at least ten times faster and more responsive than its predecessor, 4G. By the end of 2019, data speeds are set to cross 1.5 gigabytes per second.

Fremont, CA: 5G, the next generation of wireless systems, is set to bring about sweeping changes not just in the telecom industry, but also in the enterprise and consumer space. What was considered as just hype until recently is now fast becoming a reality, as more and more nations continue to prepare for the adoption of 5G technology?

The next generation of wireless communication technology is expected to be at least ten times faster and more responsive than its predecessor, 4G. By the end of 2019, data speeds are set to cross 1.5 gigabytes per second. The 5G network is sure to connect more devices than 4G and will lead to a massive rise in Internet of Things (IoT) enabled gadgets and devices. Chief Information Officers (CIOs) should take a keen interest in the latest developments of 5G and prepare for the early adoption of the technology into their business models.

Revamping Business and IT Goals

The bandwidth and speed that will be provided by the 5G network will make the current bandwidth and speeds look like a dwarf. This will facilitate the use of high bandwidth and real-time communications, a feature that enterprises have been eager to make use of. This will have a profound impact on how enterprises set up their strategic IT plans.

The removal of bandwidth limitations is sure to create a massive surge in mobile computing. Data downloads will become almost unrestricted and free-flowing with the advent of 5G, leading to the integration of IoT and mobile computing on a large scale. Devices will become connected in real-time to the network throughout the day. Above all, 5G will facilitate and accelerate the shift from desktops to mobile computing.

With 5G in the picture, there will be a massive increase in real-time video conferencing, sparking growth in real-time video-based applications. Growth in real-time video-based applications will lead to enhancements in telemedicine and telesurgery in medicine, use of drone fleets to fly missions in military operations, providing real-time marketing to consumers located near retail stores.

Revising Network and Infrastructure

To get ahead of the game, CIOs need to assess their present network infrastructure and identify what kind of changes need to be made to adopt the upcoming 5G technology. By doing so, it is possible to ensure a smooth transition from the existing technology onto the next one.

Network upgrades are a highly expensive process. It is essential that a well-planned budget over a specific time period is employed, which matches the pace at which the enterprise can afford to adapt to the new technology. Once 5G is implemented on a large scale, there is sure to be exponential growth in network quality ad network traffic. The advent of new technology will also bring about new techniques.

One such technique is network slicing. It enables IT to partition one single network into multiple virtual networks, each of which serves a specific purpose. Data slicing enables improvised management of particular networks and applications, and also offers higher security over the dedicated mini networks.

Data Avalanche On The Way

According to survey reports, 62 percent of internet users felt overwhelmed by the amount of data they have, while 85 percent of users think they are unable to utilize the data fully. This gap is set to only increase further with the advent of 5G. Data Analysts predict that nearly 90 billion terabytes of data will be flowing through network carriers by the year 2025.

CIOs and other IT leaders need to be prepared for the 5G data avalanche. With the implementation of 5G right around the corner, CIOs need to prepare to answer questions like what kind of data will you accept; are there certain kinds of data you want to exclude from network access; for the types of data collected and managed, how will it be stored and accessed?

Security Threats Involved

5G will be connected to millions of devices and gadgets, and will only increase multi-fold in the future. Although data may move much faster-using 5G, it is still an evolving network and comes with its own set of shortcomings. Still in its trial stages, there are a lot of vulnerabilities that haven't been identified yet. This may lead to a lot of security risks.