5G, cloud advantages and disruptions: Why now is the time to change

Sponsored If one gathers a language analysis of all the conversations held at MWC 2020, later this month in Barcelona, then most likely the most spoken word will be 5G.

Unsurprisingly, the term will be ubiquitous this year - the same as last year and the previous year, of course. However, whether it's smartphone providers looking to showcase their latest products, their latest speeds, or thought leaders looking for where businesses need to focus, things have increased dramatically over the past 12 months.

Bejoy Pankajakshan, Mavenir's executive vice president, told Telecoms last month, for example. Pankajakshan insisted the need for discussion was critical to future strategy, as the options were legions. "The 5G network is considered the most open, powerful, flexible, and advanced network the telecommunications world has ever seen," he wrote. Basically, [it] is a software network, and developing and deploying it requires a new approach and a new way of thinking.

"If the 5G network is not built properly, the user may not come to telecommunications and the OTT can win again."
Making things move, through different stakeholders, won't be an easy task. Detailed charting for 5G combined with other technologies requires detailed planning. Spend a session from Accenture set to take place on February 25 around unlocking the power of the cloud. The rise of marginal computing, which forms the earlier part of network transformation, will bring tremendous benefits in the long run, but also immediate challenges.

"Cloud network nation and hardware and software separation are becoming necessary – with CSPs now embarking on an important journey to move their networks entirely across the cloud, built around edge clouds and mobile edge computers, with the ability to cater to all new applications and use cases unlocked by 5G, "discussion material.

For some, 5G will definitely break the cloud as we know it today. Writing for this publication in August, Marty Puranik, Atlantic.Net's founder, president, and chief executive, noted how 5G will effectively eliminate latency - and in one go, potentially eliminating the need for cloud solutions.

"One of the main reasons why the cloud is so beneficial is for multiple devices - in an organization for a private cloud or any user with an Internet connection to the public cloud - to connect and transfer data to a central machine or hard drive placed in the cloud," Puranik wrote. In order for an employee to share a large video file with a colleague who was working from home that day, the cloud made this simple. But why pass all that if your device can connect to a colleague's device with a latency of only a thousandth of a second and a minimum connection speed of 20 Gbps down and 10 Gbps up? "

Edge computing, basically the older, smarter sister of cloud computing, is expected to get a lot of attention in Barcelona. For example, Microsoft, whose smart cloud headlines and smart edges are never far away, is expected to unveil edge computing services at MWC.
A report from Omdia, the company expected to preview the development of 5G at MWC20, noted that 5G and AI technology can use edge computing, which harms the cloud. "By 2025, two of the three smartphones will include integrated AI capabilities, and global revenue for AI smartphones will grow to $378 billion," the report notes. "To alleviate consumer privacy concerns, smartphone and smart speaker manufacturers will introduce 5G products that perform intuitive AI processing tasks on advanced servers and devices, eliminating the privacy risks associated with sending data to the cloud."

The current technological context is like calm before the storm. Organizations need to fully study the terrain and find the best use cases for an edge, 5G, and AI to ensure smooth sailing.
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