In the first post in this series, I explored the rise of 5G Telco networks and how they open the door to unprecedented possibilities and new capabilities for enterprises. In this latest post, I will explore how 5G technologies enable new Telco solutions that go far beyond connectivity.
From the outset, it’s important to note that the 5G network is more than just a big pipe that carries traffic at high speeds. While it is all of that, 5G at the same time opens up new opportunities for applications that require high-bandwidth, low-latency connectivity. Telecommunications providers who are rolling out 5G networks are uniquely positioned to capitalize on these opportunities, and to help their enterprise customers do the same.
Building on the 5G foundation and close relationships with enterprises, Telcos can now serve as a one-stop shop that offers not just connectivity but also content distribution, media creation and other innovative solutions that create new revenue streams.
The network is the foundation for new 5G-enabled services.
At the core of every enterprise application is an ecosystem that enables connectivity between apps and the enterprise. Telcos are a key piece of the puzzle here. With the evolution to 5G, Telco providers gain greater flexibility to support specific capabilities for new applications and use cases, and to create new revenue streams from the same technology infrastructure.
5G is largely an open architecture, one that looks more like a traditional IT infrastructure in the core than today’s 4G architectures. This openness enables expanded uses of the network infrastructure and new application-specific use cases. Containerized and virtualized applications allow providers to deploy multiple workloads on a single system. The same infrastructure and containerized applications can run traditional network packet core and functions as well as new enterprise workloads.
Through this evolution, the Telco network goes from hardware dedicated to traditional network services to a multipurpose network foundation that can run new workloads and can dynamically shift resources back and forth based on the workloads and available capacity. In other words, Telcos can put their excess capacity to work to run enterprise applications, and later shift back to use the same capacity for internal workloads. At the same time, they can use their 5G foundation to offer multi-tenant and Edge clouds.