5G promises faster bandwidth, lower latency and an almost limitless array of business use cases. But to get to that point, organizations will need to undergo many changes to make the most out of the increased bandwidth. While full-scale deployment of 5G networks is at least a year or two away, fixed and mobile services are poised to converge to take advantage of enhanced internet of things (IoT), as well as greater mobility across the board.
But when should companies look to future proof their IT planning and spending to get ready for 5G?
Consider that the enhanced bandwidth 5G promises is also going to change the economics of IoT. Wireless applications that previously were not economically justifiable will be with the new network, such as wireless WAN (or WWAN). WWAN hasn’t been widely implemented because existing networks didn’t provide enough bandwidth to justify the cost of implementation. But now with 5G, WWAN becomes very much an economic reality for enterprises.
As consumers gain access to 5G, and it begins integrating into their daily lives, employees will come to expect the same low latency and faster speeds while conducting business. Everything from smartphones and tablets to desktop computers and office phones will see an increase in the demand for more capacity. Investing in infrastructure that will enable you to utilize mobile networks to meet these demands is critical for success in the future of mobility.
Businesses that do not mitigate the costs associated with planning for their IT and telecom infrastructure will continue to overspend. Leasing telecom infrastructure to support wired connections are expensive and provide limited bandwidth and flexibility. With the cost of mobile data having significantly decreased, modern enterprises are turning to mobile services to increase bandwidth and connectivity. With the even higher expected capacity promised through 5G, enterprises with larger footprints will be able to leverage WWAN and dramatically decrease their overall spend. Since carriers can tailor solutions based on service level and price, businesses are achieving greater mobility and flexibility for much cheaper.
Although legislation and spectrum licensing hiccups have slowed the rollout of 5G, Verizon became the first carrier globally to offer the next-generation network in April 2019. The network is limited to certain cities across the world, but the race amongst carriers to rollout widespread network access is on. Will your business be left behind and stuck overpaying for the right infrastructure?
Tangoe’s Enterprise Technology Management experts can help uncover ways to untether your enterprise from traditional connectivity methods and prepare for 5G success.