Wireless That’s 10 to 100 Times Faster? 5G


Representing a new frontier in wireless connectivity, fifth-generation (5G) broadband technology is gaining buzz for its transformative speed and strength. Real-world speeds are expected to be higher than anything we’ve seen before—10 to 100 times faster, in fact—and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. 5G also offers new capacity to usher in the dramatic rise of the IoT that’s anticipated over the next few years, affecting everything from wearables to driverless cars.

According to a recent CIO article, the fact that 5G is still years away shouldn’t stop enterprises from planning ahead. AT&T, Verizon, and TMobile have all announced trial testing for the faster cellular data connection.

2020 or next year? While the jury is out on how soon 5G will be viable, IT teams should begin to embrace this new potential with forward-thinking network and security planning. As I pointed out in a recent blog post, robust MDM and MAM security platforms are key ways that proactive IT managers can regulate mobile device use for optimum performance and enterprise security in today’s evolving landscape of connectivity. Also important in the quest to maintain “five bars everywhere” is a sophisticated universal small-cell solution that can benefit indoor connectivity wherever communications need to occur, from hospitals to convention centers.

Learning about a trend early on is an opportunity we don’t often see in the fast-changing technology space. Our advice: Take advantage of this chance to plot out your organization’s best use of the vast new potential of 5G technology.

May 5, 2016