5G and the Future of Low Latency Applications


Eastern Time September 10, 2019 4:00 pm - 4:30 pm

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Caroline Chan

The world is at an interesting juncture where we are consuming data at an ever increasing rate. With applications like IoT/ AR/VR/ cloud storage becoming more popular, the need for massive data transfer is imperative. 5G will be a big breakthrough on the several fronts especially where the requirements are around high network bandwidth, high network capacity and low latency. Any application that needs real-time data at a blazing fast speed will be a primary contender for 5G. Initial 5G applications will focus on delivering connectivity services for consumers looking for more speed. But, 5G is not only about the connectivity, it is much more beyond that. It will open the door for all sort of enterprise and industries applications that have not been explored due to non-real time nature of data and associated latency issues. 5G has been in field trials and starting commercial deployments. The entire eco-system and industry partners have collaborated to define, prototype, test and deliver 5G solutions. This includes working with enterprises in verticals like industrial, retail, energy, healthcare, sports, etc. and technologies like AR, VR, AI, ML, blockchain, etc. to embark on digital transformation. Edge computing drives a critical element of compute continuum from cloud to core to RAN (radio access network). Gartner expects 75% of the data will be stored, analyzed and acted on at the edge by 2025. As the data/analysis move much closer to the end devices/users with edge computing, it creates a distributed network of public/private cloud on and off Prem. This enhances 5G’s low latency appeal and open avenues for new revenue streams that have requirements of sub 5ms or even sub 1ms latency like sports wagering, real-time gaming, real-time secure transactions, remote surgery, real-time diagnostics, real-time manufacturing, etc. Due to better ROI and lower TCO, edge computing driven by 5G will create a win-win for enterprises, telecom service providers, cloud service providers, TEMs and other ecosystem partners and accelerate the transformation.