The future paradigm of mobile communications: 5G, What you need to know about Business Deployment.
What is 5G Technology?
5G technology is going to be the new standard in broadband communications.
5G is specifically a business-orientated wireless network and isn't designed for mobile phones the way 4G is.
Your business will, therefore, have the advantage to these profound advancements which include 20Gbps download speeds and 10Gbps upload speeds.
For many organisations, a question of how the 5G network will work for your business and how you can leverage this opportunity still remains, but ready or not, 5G technology is coming and it’s going to be new frontier that changes the way that you do business.
Why you need to implement a migration strategy
The 5th generation presents unique technical challenges in regards to your Wi-Fi integration and long-term evolution of increased volumes of traffic and millions of devices.
These challenges demand a solution capable of validating your security, performance, functionality, and quality of experience for both your consumers and your 5G-related products or services.
To guarantee the success of your applications and devices that will rely on 5G networks, your business as a service provider needs to prepare your networks to validate the quality of experience of your wireless services.
Business Preparation activity for 5G should cover:
Security and privacy testing and appropriate integrations should consider issues of how to isolate, deploy and manage virtual network slices securely.
Other security concerns that need to be addressed are:
- Whether your 5G security solutions will encompass the service layer as well as the entry/ access layer.
- Building an extension of protection from your previous generations.
- Facilitating an extended protection of identity and location privacy against active attackers.
Enabling your business to become more virtual (Network Function Virtualisation) requires a greater focus on cloud-based technologies and solutions which bypasses your network’s traditional reliance on function-specific hardware, instead of a software-defined architecture.
In order for your organisation to maximise on the latest technology developments, you will need a network that you can scale adequately.
The most effective way that you can prepare for the transition to technology virtualisation is to work with a service provider and deploy NFV and cloud-based technology as soon as possible.
Reliability & Ultra Low Latency
Reliability requirements are very tough in industrial communication applications and for societal functions like flight management booking systems and smart city management.
Ultra-low latency is needed and this requires different design choices than those made for today’s mobile broadband systems.
Your business will need to be proactive in testing to determining what tradeoffs are best.
Other migration factors should include:
- How will you support 5G?
- How it will affect your customer’s experience using your service or product.
- How it will impact day-to-day activities and future processes.
Written by Daniella Smithson