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Best of Enterprise.nxt: All about 5G networks

5G is coming to a network near you. Read these stories to learn about the changes it will bring to telecommunications, networking, and just about every other aspect of modern tech.

5G is rolling out with the promise of game-changing speeds for both consumer and business applications. But there's a lot more to it than that.

Right now, the 5G ecosystem is just beginning to take shape as industry players, including the U.S. government, try to figure out how best to build an open and robust 5G framework—one that meets myriad requirements.

At the top of that list is security, with networking experts and government officials looking at ways to circumvent cybersecurity threats from China and others. There's also the question of cost and whether current use cases justify the huge financial investment of building out 5G networks, something new wireless standards such as Open RAN aim to address.

And with tens of billions of edge devices coming online, the picture gets more complex. Industry observers expect the latest generations of Wi-Fi and cellular to work together to handle today's busy edge environments. Further on, they see telecom networks becoming more like computer networks and telecommunications companies becoming more like cloud providers, meaning business models will converge.

So, sure, 5G will make our smartphones superfast and enable innovations we have yet to imagine. But today, business and IT leaders face the task of sorting out all the challenges and opportunities 5G will bring—and applying their learnings to building real-world applications. To help you move forward on your 5G initiatives, we've put together this list of our top stories on the topic.

Open design is driving the 5G industry

To drive greater innovation and competition, the U.S. government is pushing industry players to participate in the development of an open 5G ecosystem. The NTIA and U.S. Defense Department are jointly soliciting input on a highly robust, open 5G framework to counter Chinese efforts, which have been rejected due to cybersecurity vulnerabilities.

5G and Wi-Fi 6 and the challenges of edge networking

With tens of billions of edge devices out there, all of which have different network requirements, the need for pervasive and fast bandwidth is a given. While Wi-Fi and cellular, like 5G, are often portrayed as competitive technologies, the two can complement each other and work together—which is to the customer's benefit.

How 5G and Open RAN are changing the economics of wireless

A new set of wireless policies and standards, collectively known as Open RAN, lets organizations like the U.S. Defense Department swap out proprietary telco hardware with their own equipment. The upshot: Data can be processed on the fly and at the edge, not only reducing latency and increasing reliability but doing so for a lot less money.

Why 5G is a big deal

OK, 5G is going to be superfast with low latency. But how is that going to significantly change what we can already do with 4G? In this Technology Untangled podcast, experts delve into 5G use cases—from smart buoys to connected cows—and explain how network slicing will open the door to a whole new world of possibilities.

5G: What it's good for―and what it won't fix

Excitement continues to build around the rollout of 5G wireless networks. But for all of its promises―chiefly, superfast speeds―some remain skeptical about whether 5G is worth the steep investment needed to enable new capabilities. Experts lay out the best 5G use cases, along with cost, security concerns, and the future the technology will usher in.

What will telecommunications technology look like in 2026?

Telecom networks are looking more and more like computer networks, and the distinction may disappear eventually. What will the next five years bring to telecommunications and network technology? While it's all but certain we'll still be glued to our smartphones come 2026, experts see myriad advances that will impact consumers and businesses alike.

Factories with private 5G networks to proliferate in 2021

This year, a private 5G network may well be coming to a factory near you as the promise of 5G technology, much-hyped for consumers, quickly finds its place in the industrial world. For mainstream businesses, it's time to watch and learn.

5G and cloud: Telcos fight for the future

In five years, we'll celebrate the 150th birthday of the telephone, or more specifically, of Bell's patent on it. What will these next several years bring to the business of telecom? Experts take a peek into the industry's future, noting that as telecom networks become more like cloud providers, business models will converge.

How edge computing has become part of daily life

The smartphone in your pocket is an edge computing device. So is that busybody home speaker that's always eavesdropping on your conversations. So is your car. As telcos continue to build out their high-speed 5G networks, the edge will reach even further into our daily lives. Here are eight ways the intelligent edge is already having an impact.

The latest on 5G: What you need to know

By now you've heard the hype about 5G: It's the new king of wireless, promising superfast phone service. But that's only a small part of what 5G will bring. While we'll all have 5G phones someday, the really exciting part of the 5G story is about other devices, including those yet to be invented.

How 5G and Wi-Fi 6 will work together

Business applications need reliable connections and the best utilization of bandwidth. While we all rely on Wi-Fi and cellular communications to work seamlessly, the two do not have a history of working well together. That's one thing the latest generations—5G and Wi-Fi 6—aim to change.

New tech promises faster Internet connection no matter where you live

When it comes to fast Internet service at home, fiber optic is the gold standard. But because of high deployment costs, many areas still don't have it. Fortunately, four new technologies—low-band 5G, low Earth orbit satellite, DOCSIS 3.1, and G.fast—will soon provide faster speeds than ever before.

Wi-Fi in the future

We have reached the point where Wi-Fi is mandatory in many common places: schools, malls, offices, and even airplanes. It usually works fine, but it can be better. In the coming years, new and emerging standards will improve Wi-Fi significantly, for individual users, large enterprises, and everyone else.

The telecom network is modernizing with containers, cloud-native

Risk aversion and an under-competitive vendor market have kept telecom networks from keeping up with the state of the art in networking. But cloud-native techniques and containerization are bringing them to the cutting edge.

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