The Real Year of 5G: What it Means For Cloud Technology

Telecom Tech Outlook | Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Cloud technology and telecom networks are being increasingly combined and merged as 5G infrastructure is introduced and cloud computing capabilities are expanded to the network's edge, a trend that is expected to continue as 5G implementations expand.

Fremont, CA: The this is year  5G is now in its third year. But, seriously, this should be the Year of 5G! A number of false starts for this revolutionary new mobile technology have resulted from years of marketing hype. However, as budgets become available in 2021, people should expect the final explosion of next-generation, low-latency mobile technology infrastructure, which will offer a slew of new services and applications ranging from real-time market analytics to connected tractor-trailers.

Several recent trends, including the major North American carriers investing more than $100 billion on the C-band auction spectrum and increasing capital spending budgets by the likes of Verizon and T-Mobile, indicate that real money is being spent. For the next three years, Verizon, for example, plans to spend $10 billion more than normal on capital expenditures. Over the next 12 months, Verizon plans to phase out 5G in 46 countries, reaching a total of 100 million people. What to Expect? Top Services for 5G.

The latest hundreds of billions of dollars in capital pledged to 5G networks and services indicates that the 5G rollout is expected to accelerate in 2021.

Cloud technology and telecom networks are being increasingly combined and merged as 5G infrastructure is introduced and cloud computing capabilities are expanded to the network's edge, a trend that is expected to continue as 5G implementations expand. More data — the fuel for cloud applications all over the world — means 5G. Cloud and service providers alike want to broaden their infrastructure and services to capture, transport, and process this information.

Wireless broadband, digital media, cloud gaming, connected cars, immersive experiences (VR/AR), smart anything (Smart X), Multi-access Edge Compute (MEC) as-a-service, and private wireless networks are among the most exciting applications and use cases for 5G edge cloud that will emerge from edge cloud between 2021 and 2025.

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