5G is about to completely transform the mobile communications network. However, two key elements for its success, the edge and the cloud, are rarely discussed. Cloud technologies facilitate the cost effectiveness and pace of innovation of 5G, and hybrid cloud is the preferred option for organizations that want to increase the speed of their network. But telecom operators can’t just adopt existing available cloud technology. They need a cloud telecommunications platform tailored to their specific requirements and challenges. For 5G and associated technologies to reach their true potential, telecom operators must incorporate a highly scalable cloud infrastructure into their deployments, a complex task that requires the support of a trusted technology partner. Organizations must monetize their networks to achieve 5G ubiquity, with an emphasis on enterprise awareness and innovation. Herein lies the biggest challenge for telecommunications in the 5G era. We know that bringing computing power to the network and hosting applications at the edge will make it easier to analyze and process data closer to the source, delivering the ultra-low latency required to unlock the full benefits of 5G at scale. This has the potential to generate new sources of income and business.
Improvements in rural broadband services
Keep in mind that 5G is a game changer and provider of new cloud-based services and is driven by software. The first beneficiary of this will be rural broadband services. 5G will help improve rural connectivity by using mobile networks to bridge digital divides, bringing broadband to homes at low cost.
Bringing computing power to the network and hosting applications at the edge will make it easier to analyze and process data closer to the source
Additionally, 5G will power a new range of devices and services across industries. In densely populated areas, such as a football stadium, where signal bars did not previously appear on the smartphone, fans will not only have an accessible signal, but will have entirely new content-driven experiences. For example, broadcasting a goal via mobile phone from a close-up point of view will enhance the stadium experience. Similarly, at a live concert, fans will be able to stream close-ups of their favorite stars live.
Opportunities offered by 5G
The opportunities brought by 5G are driven by fundamental cultural changes: we have moved from an era of content consumption to content creation, transforming our technology needs. As enterprises respond to the potential of lower latency, offering these new enhanced services will allow carriers to monetize 5G networks and generate new revenue streams. In the industrial world, 5G is expected to be an enabler of smart factories, providing connectivity for devices in remote locations and streamlining processes. In this context, industrial IoT and automation, powered by edge technologies, are a key driver. Automation plays a key role in the network itself, helping service providers to implement their work. For companies that want to take advantage of automation in their factories, 5G accelerates that automation with an immediate impact on the bottom line of the business.
Telecommunications need customized infrastructures in the cloud
Global 5G coverage will reach 45% by 2024, handling 25% of mobile traffic worldwide. According to the latest edition of the Ericsson Mobility Report1, in that year there will be 1,900 million subscribers to this mobile broadband. 5G adoption is expected to be fastest in North America and by 2024, 63% of mobile subscriptions in this region will go for 5G. Northeast Asia ranks second, with 47%, and Europe third, with 40%. The foundation of it all is modernizing networks and adopting cloud operating models that offer more choice, speed and agility. Ultimately, telcos require Open RAN technologies that offer better performance and efficiency in order to offer differentiated edge services while reducing costs. To do this, telcos need the support of partners who can help them adopt these new open standards, actively develop architectures, and bring innovation to market. By Óscar Rivas, Solutions Architect Presales at Dell Technologies