How 5G Technology is Driving the Digital Transformation

By Srikanth
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From industrial automation and smart cities to connected devices, cloud computing and big data. 5G is envisaged to be the major key catalyst that can fuel the growth of India and help it to compete with the leading developed economies of the world.

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5G Will help to Drive Immense Growth For Open Ran

GSMA Intelligence has reported that almost 150 operators in almost 60 countries had launched a new 5G by the end of 2021. This includes the New Open RAN (ORAN) networks, whose deployments only started last year.

As a new move into the year 2022, mobile operators will be going to start to run full cloud-native networks to help the full potential of 5G. the availability of edge computing platforms are driving growth across the globe, while on the other hand, multiple suppliers are beginning to provide innovative solutions and continuing to reduce their costs as they are expanding services. The success of those different deployments is leading more businesses to consider adopting open networks as opposed to the traditional proprietary models.

Enterprise Applications Will Be The Focus For 5G Networks

Most of the operators have realized that by now that just consumer proliferation and adoption of 5G will not lead to the immediate revenue increase. The new 5G networks will simply not going to drive consumer interest or directly lead to higher revenue per user. Revenue growth will instead be driven by the huge demand for the new business applications, which is the significant focus for the telecom businesses and mobile operators.

As a part of the increasing adoption of the digital transformation and trend to the software, which is defined networking, higher speeds, businesses increasingly need private networks, new functionalities, network slicing and some other capabilities being offered by the 5G networks. Various applications will take advantage of and 5G’s low latency and high speed to provide new capabilities and video solutions for businesses. And enterprises are more than willing to pay to get access to these new applications and functionality.

5G Will Also Transform the Edge

Moreover, 5G and edge proliferation are very closely intertwined. New businesses 5G applications are empowering improved hardware solutions for both compute and storage. This is pushing data centers out to the edge, the most notable being new forms of micro data centers being built on the market. Some are mainly looks like a refrigerator, and others are essentially a “data center on a pole,” which makes it easier for businesses to build and manage localized data centers in several cramped locations or harsher environments.

As data center solutions are highly designed for the edge and 5G, there is a need for increased performance, open-source software and new data standards to adapt to the 5G applications. These spans from the virtual shopping experiences for retailers to connected wearables and internal health devices. An agile infrastructure capable of supporting simultaneous applications will be a requirement for many of these 5G use cases. With this type of infrastructure dependable data centers, the cloud, edge computing, virtualized RAN all working together – businesses can best deliver on the promises of oft-touted 5G applications.

Smart Cities and Smart Homes

Devices which are equipped with sensor are talking to each other will become the standard template of smart homes and smart cities. Especially for homes, we might see a new era of Artificial Intelligence enabled personalization with optimized electricity use, automation execution of daily routines, tracking electronic devices and automated grocery lists. In context to the smart cities, 5G could enable smart electricity grids and metering systems, disposable waste systems, smart traffic management and safety mechanisms. In a real-life scenario, this will mean uninterrupted power and water supply, cleaner and safer cities and authorities attending to incidents and problems before anyone reports them.

Lag-free gaming and entertainment

5G will also take the entertainment experience to the next set of levels. Playing an interactive cloud game in a virtual world with lag-free streaming will match the experience being offered by the gaming consoles.

It is not just going to be quicker streaming and downloads. The big change will be in the super-low latency. To take  a benefit of the super low latencies provided by the services, 5G and functions traditionally in the cloud data centers will move to the mobile edge. Mobile edge computing will make the whole network connectivity experience very tactile for the consumers. Entertainment streaming will also be transformed across the movies, concerts, sports with extensive use of AR/VR, mixed reality headsets that will offer never-before-seen visual experiences.

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