Whether it’s on the move or standing in place, everything needs to be connected. Usually, the preference is for a wireless connection as long as the...
Whether it’s on the move or standing in place, everything needs to be connected. Usually, the preference is for a wireless connection as long as the bandwidth and reliability are at least as good as a tethered connection. The freedom of a mobile wireless connection can lead to new uses. For example, a wireless connection makes it easier to reconfigure a work environment. True 5G service will provide a seamless heterogenous access network. A mix of different types of mobile wireless access operating seamlessly together will make it possible to deploy the best fit for the need and cost. Software-defined “telco cloud” networks will be the foundation of intent-based networks, which will allow service providers to offer customers the tools and experiences they need and want.
Enterprises need a mobile wide-area network that is service based with web and cloud service capabilities and pricing. Many businesses benefit from lower latency and compute capabilities that are closer to the end user, fleets, and the business locations.
For example, in many industries, sensors that are enabled by 5G can be used to track the distribution path a product takes to market, from the manufacturing line all the way through its various transportation routes to the final consumer.
Enterprises often need the flexibility of a private network, and many businesses are seriously considering this route to achieve their goals. But they often prefer to focus on their core business and buy network services from a mobile network provider, assuming the provider can provide the control, visibility, and security to empower digital transformation.
Although 5G is a huge step up for wireless connectivity, it is definitely not the only option. Depending on the situation, the best wireless connectivity may be cellular (5G), private network (CBRS), and/or Wi-Fi 6. Having a software-defined converged network provides the freedom to use the connectivity best suited for the job and environment. While Wi-Fi 6 will be great in your home, office, malls and even vehicles, 5G will be necessary for seamless connection
in outdoor places and industrial environments (private network will also
address the latter).
Both 5G and Wi-Fi 6 are built from the same foundation and will coexist to support different use cases. Since they are complementary technologies, they will provide higher data rates to support new applications and increases in network capacity with the ability to connect more devices.
Wi-Fi 6 will continue to be the access choice for indoor enterprise networks, with improvements in speed, latency and higher density of connected devices. Due to its reasonable cost to deploy, maintain and scale, it will prove an ideal system for indoor wireless connectivity - especially in areas where access points will serve more users, such as stadiums, concert halls and
5G will be the designated choice for outdoor networks. With higher speeds and improved capacity, both 5G and Wi-Fi 6 can improve outdoor connectivity. However, certain use cases like riding on a bullet train at 200 miles per hour or traveling in a car on the highway, will make 5G the preferred method for
OpenRoaming enables mobile users to automatically and seamlessly roam across Wi-Fi and cellular networks, including Wi-Fi 6 and 5G. This is achieved through a collective of industry partners and collaborators, whose goal is to provide a better bridge between mobile and Wi-Fi networks. Go from the coffee shop, to the mall, to a concert, and never miss a thing. OpenRoaming will ensure you are connected everywhere.
Cisco is very excited for the next wave of wireless access. 5G and Wi-Fi 6 will provide an advancement in performance for new and existing networks for the next generation of advanced applications. As both technologies will become widespread, now is the time to consider the bright future ahead of us, when
Wi-Fi 6 and 5G will be available to complement each other.
5G, private network, and Wi-Fi 6 are good on their own, but together they
will be great. The world is becoming increasingly interdependent, and so are
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Service providers deliver network services, and enterprises will have to make a choice. Do they want to buy from a service provider or build a 5G network themselves?
The relationship between industries and service providers will change as industries rely on providers for more applications, features, and services. Service providers can commit to new business models, cost models, and service levels. By playing a larger role, service providers can give industries the confidence to make the transition to 5G.
The key to a successful 5G-era partnership between service provider and enterprise is for the service provider to build a services-oriented network that is economical, highly flexible, and agile.
5G has the potential to help companies cut costs and increase revenue. It will lead to the rise of the sensor ecosystem and affect knowledge workers. Cisco is at the center of the move to 5G because we provide the technologies that are the bridge to this transition. We want our customers to do the disrupting before they get disrupted.
This e-book discusses five key industries that are likely to transform with the advent of 5G: retail, industrials, healthcare, smart cities, and education. These industries all touch people’s everyday lives, and when the promise of 5G evolves into a reality, everyone will be affected by the changes.