The promise of 5G wireless because its being touted to provide cheap, fast, ubiquitous connectivity by increasing connection speeds tenfold over current 4G services. However, the download speeds for 5G are not nearly as mind-blowing as the negative publicity surrounding it.
As the transition becomes more real, it’s time to set the record straight because it’s clear that many people don’t really understand even the basics of 5G:
THE MYTH: 5G Will Eliminate Network Congestion
5G is the fifth-generation technology standard for cellular networks, with the main advantage being greater bandwidth, giving the networks the ability to dramatically expand service beyond cellphones to general internet service for traditionally fixed connectivity to the home, office, factory, and other workplaces.
The hopes are that with the pipes being so big, the latency so low, and the services so compelling, that maybe, finally, congestion and quality of service issues will be concerns of the past.
THE REALITY: Network Congestion Will Be Worse
Even with the promise of 5G problems with congestion and user experience will be the same, or worse!
The race to roll out 5G technology is well underway, but Telcos worldwide are concerned that 5G is not the anticipated silver bullet. The investment is huge and it’s not clear what use cases will yield high ROI. So, how can communication service providers capitalize on new 5G services and monetize in the most effective way?
The top two opportunities that 5G will provide
Increase of User Experience: In 5G networks, the focus will shift from the size of the monthly package that the operator provides to that of guaranteeing quality of experience. This is done by ‘slicing’ or allocating end-to-end resources to achieve the experience. Slicing can provide the resources to deliver a service, for example, streaming video, but cannot differentiate between the service tiers, for example, standard-definition video and high-definition video.
New Security Services: 5G networks have greater security vulnerability because of a combination of several factors: • more IoT devices on the network • the network has a distributed design with many points of connection to the internet, and • bandwidth per device will be much higher
The transition to 5G represents a massive opportunity for operators because the primary use of 5G is expected to be the provisioning of fixed wireless broadband access to SMBs and consumer customers. Operators can also differentiate their offerings and gain new revenue streams by implementing advanced security capabilities on the 5G network.
As with the increase for opportunity, any network can prepare itself for 5G without needing make even more data investments, by installing the only log tool solution that can increase data volume while lowering data storage costs with LogZilla’s Network Event Orchestrator Platform. You can watch it in this seven-minute overview video.