The importance of 5G to internet infrastructure is well recognized, but the impact of the pandemic has meant adoption has slowed somewhat.
According to IDTechEx, 98 nations have commercialized 5G or are conducting 5G trials as of September this year, compared to 79 at the end of 2021.
The IDTechEx team also forecasts that consumer wireless services will generate $850 billion in revenue by the end of 2033, while 5G macro infrastructure sectors will grow eightfold throughout 2023. But what other impacts will 5G have over the next year?
Sean Mahoney, vice president at Ensono Digital, expects technologies, including 5G, to drive cloud adoption. “Cloud-native technologies such as containers and serverless models have grown in popularity in the public cloud in recent years, enabling faster application development and deployment at scale. For companies looking to innovate quickly or overhaul their cloud infrastructure without a huge cost in 2023, cloud-native application development could be the answer to their modernization goals. New developments in edge computing and 5G are expected to drive cloud-native adoption and Continue to drive innovation in the industry in the coming year, giving organizations a greater opportunity to rapidly scale their data in the cloud and gain access to new opportunities with their software.”
Chris Dobrec, VP of product and industry solutions at Armis, believes that users of private 5G will need better security strategies. “Early adopters in industries like manufacturing, public safety and supply chain management – are beginning to deploy 5G to support use cases like smart factories and greater deployment of IoT sensors due to expanded coverage, increased capacity and low latency. Although privately 5G is unlikely to replace Wi-Fi in the near future, it can enable real-time use cases, particularly for IoT and edge computing use cases. Unlike a public 5G network, private networks offer more control and allow faster response to security measures Coverage quality issues. The road to a fully integrated, production-ready system that meets these and other use cases can be massive. Some providers have started to offer private 5G as a managed service, including access points, SIM cards and overall system integration and management.”
Samit Banerjee, Division President Cloud Operations Services and Head of Customer Service Unit at Amdocs:
The arrival of 5G networks will reshape the mechanism and functioning of enterprise networks. 5G will unlock lower latency, greater capacity and higher bandwidth, which will be a catalyst for cloud computing. It will inevitably provide easier access to the cloud for IoT systems and devices. This connectivity will enable greater automation and digitization of business processes.
Deploying the next generation of networks will accelerate business adoption of the cloud. This rapid adoption in this dynamic environment can lead to many security threats to privacy and confidentiality. Organizations must constantly upskill and reskill employees for cloud services to cope. In addition, organizations need to ensure the security and integrity of their data, and to that extent existing controls need to be enhanced. Therefore, in the times to come, industries must adapt to secure and sustainable cloud practices for long-term growth and success.
Canonical’s Bertrand Boisseau expects 5G to be installed in cars. “Vehicles will continue to receive connectivity features and services with over-the-air (OTA) updates. With the arrival of 5G, cars will include 5G modems, some using mmWave technology. mmWave enables higher speeds and more bandwidth, which could be used for V2X use cases, for example. With more connectivity, vehicles will continue to become an extension of our homes. Video conference calls will be present as well as other important applications. In terms of infotainment, we’ll likely see more augmented reality (AR). and virtual reality (VR) applications that are integrated into the user experience, be it for the driver or the occupants.”
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