5G technology has global implications for enterprises
Progress in researching and applying 5G wireless technology could sharply reduce delays in transmitting data across networks, according to a report from Computerworld. Wireless giant Ericsson has been working on 5G technology that will result in more consistent speeds for customers across networks around the world, regardless of which carrier they use or what location they might be in.
One of the key elements of Ericsson’s 5G efforts, according to the report, is called “networking slicing,” which is a method of using software-defined networking to dedicate certain portions of network capacity to customers and applications. This allows for the creation of a customizable “pipe” that can alternatively be high-speed and highly available for rich computing devices or low-power, low-speed for Internet of Things-style applications.
According to Ericsson, German carrier Deutsche Telekom and South Korean carrier SK Telecom showed off network slicing between themselves, known as federated network slices, guaranteeing slices move consistently across carriers thousands of miles apart. This is useful for global companies that today have to manage telecom agreements with individual carriers and navigate different product offerings with inconsistent speeds available. However, federated network slicing requires carriers to cooperate with each other, limiting the practicality such a solution would achieve.
Another important development in 5G technology is the ability to position applications right at the edge of a network. Ericsson showed off a distributed cloud, which takes cloud-based programs and software and moves them closer to carrier access network and cell towers that customers use to connect to the network. This reduces latency and network congestion because data is stored closer to its location of consumption, thus increasing transmission rate. It also eliminates the need to go through dozens of network hops, so it increases the available capacity of proportionately more of the carrier’s network.
More details from Ericsson on this and other technologies will be available at Mobile World Congress later this month.