Network 2020: A new focal point for enterprise communication

By Jonathan Crowl

The communication needs of enterprises expand and evolve on a regular basis. New technological advances create myriad ways in which clients and other individuals can collaborate from far-flung locations. In order to stay agile and create an optimal work environment, companies need to integrate a mobile network that supports emerging technologies and methods of communication.

This type of infrastructure is known as Network 2020, and it’s becoming a critical focus for enterprises around the world. As GSMA points out, this network solution is intended to speed up the development of all-IP communications. When enterprises around the globe facilitate all-IP networks to support mobile activity, they can provide a more enriched and productive communications experience. The new network strives to create an infrastructure in which industry collaboration can take place in a variety of areas, including security, technology and virtualization.

Enhancing traditional communications

With Network 2020, enterprises can build a communications infrastructure that handles new services that are becoming more and more integral to an enterprise’s success. This includes enhanced messaging systems that can run between computers and mobile devices, as well as video services that can be used to facilitate conferencing, remote meetings and other types of live-streaming communication that are becoming common tools in the workplace. In this mobile age, companies need to provide these services in order to establish themselves among their competitors and keep pace with the business world at large.

As the workforce becomes more mobile, the assumption among clients, partners and other associates is that a company should manage remote meetings and provide agile communications from any location. Brands that fail to offer these types of services can date themselves and hurt their relationships with their outside partners. Furthermore, from an internal perspective, it’s clear that a failure to accommodate these types of emerging communication technologies can have a negative impact on productivity and restrict an employee’s ability to function in an independent, efficient manner. Network 2020 aims to address these challenges by recreating an interoperable communications platform on a global scale.

Raising quality standards

As time goes on, providing high-quality communication is becoming increasingly complex. Network 2020 can respond to these pain points, as the infrastructure is designed to improve the overall mobile experience. It does so by supporting the use of all of a device’s features — without interruptions or other technical roadblocks that can slow down productivity or frustrate users. This secure network provides the same high-quality, seamless experience on all devices.

Reducing long-term costs

As GSMA points out, Network 2020 allows enterprises to reduce their costs by leveraging new technologies. While the transition may introduce its own expenses and adjustment period, it only takes a few years for the new network approach to start delivering tangible returns.

Once this global initiative takes root, enterprises will find that it has the potential to be a differentiating factor in a variety of verticals. It’s clear that Network 2020 will have a major impact on communications infrastructure as a whole.