5G wireless networks are going to usher in a new age of higher data rates, Industry 4.0, IoT devices, and driverless cars. To support the millions of devices invading our lives we must first take all of our supporting infrastructure to the next level. This transformation will have a significant impact on Communication Service Provider (CSP) assets and infrastructure, and those companies who have a solid Asset Lifecycle Management (ALM) practice in place will have the most cost efficient roll-out.
Chances are, you're reading this article from either a mobile phone or laptop. If your reading via a laptop, is your mobile phone within arms reach of you? If not, I'm sure you're panicking right now trying to figure out where your phone is. Mobile phones have become a normal "partner" in our everyday lives. According to Cisco, by 2020, traffic from wireless and mobile devices will account for two-thirds of the total IP traffic. Our smartphones traffic will surpass our PC traffic, which accounted for 53% of total IP traffic in 2015.
With the staggering surge of smart device use, our easibility and accessibility of using these devices are becoming a main concern for the IT industry. Most of this technology on are mobile phones are being centralized through mobile device applications (AKA Apps). If you're away on a business trip, mobile apps on your phone will let you: check on your cat via an in-home camera, alter your thermostat temperature, dim your lights, and see what's in your fridge. The world is becoming "smarter" with greater IoT devices (internet of things) and apps to help us utilize and manage our everyday lives. Cisco predicts that by 2020, the number of IoT devices will be three times as high as the global population.
We all remember when 3G came out and that changed the way phones were utilized. Then, in 2009, 4G was all of the new hype, first rolling out in parts of Europe, and then across the globe. Everyone loved the faster service that 4G provided, especially since consumers had migrated to smart phones and access to mobile internet was core. Like the next new available car model, 5G is now the next "big thing", so what's it all about?