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The 5G and Beyond-Wireless Ecosystem

(Geneva Lake, Switzerland - Alvin Wei-Cheng Wong)

[IEEE 5G]: "Technologies for 5G and future generations of connectivity, when deployed in the 2020s, will provide higher bandwidth and lower latency than current-generation 4G technology. “5G and Beyond” will enable bandwidth in excess of 100s of Megabits per second (Mb/s) with latency of less than 1 millisecond (ms), as well as provide connectivity to billions of devices. Most importantly, these technologies are expected to enable fundamentally new applications that will transform the way humanity lives, works, and engages with its environment."


5G, Edge Computing, Cloud Computing, and Automation


As with its predecessor 4G, 5G was developed in a direct response to the growing number of mobile devices seeking an Internet connection; The rise of 5G coincides with the explosion of connected devices and systems associated with the Internet of Things (IoT). Smart heating systems, wearables and vehicles, for example, all bring with them large amounts of data. In addition to more processing power, 5G promises speeds 10 times faster than those of 4G. Processing these high volumes of data, at a faster speed, will require new antennas, new devices, and new applications for wireless data. No matter what the setup looks like, the influx of additional data - which will need to be processed in real-time - will drive the need for edge computing. The adoption of 5G and edge computing will drive new expectations for an always-on, high performing network and services, which will lead many enterprises to embrace automation.

With lower latency, it will be possible to have video games and movies and other apps do a lot more in the cloud before delivering information to the mobile device. The wireless link makes possible applications that don't depend solely on mobile capabilities, but that can split computing effort between the device held in one's hand and the enormous computing facilities at the other end of the computing link.


The Evolution of Security in 5G


5G technology is more secure than 4G, the current highest mobile internet standard. One of the reasons it's more secure is that the tech encrypts data in a way so advanced that hackers would need a "quantum computer." In addition, the data protection rules in the European Union known as the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came into force in May, 2018. The law requires companies that handle data to have a very high standard of data protection or face potentially huge fines. With massive amounts of data expected to be flowing along 5G networks, GDPR is likely to become even more important for the business world.


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