What is 5G?
5G is the fifth generation cellular wireless technology that is expected to revolutionize the cellular landscape. It boasts speeds that can be up to 4x faster than the existing 4G technology. It’ll take a few years to roll out to the masses, but carriers have already laid their groundwork. 5G works off of different frequencies than its 4G predecessor. These new frequencies have bigger pathways than 4G, meaning wider lanes for better performance.
Why is 5G Interesting?
With speeds as fast as 5G is initially promising, there are a handful of implications that businesses can see from day one. The largest revolves around decreased latency. As new technologies like IoT and AI continue to push their way into day-to-day operations, the ability to have a low latency network to handle larger bandwidth requirements will become a must. 5G becomes an enablement platform that makes those low-latency requiring applications perform at the standard an organization expects.
5G and SD-WAN
As more carriers begin to deploy their 5G platforms across the country, business have an opportunity to be primed when their region comes “online”. SD-WAN devices are designed for different circuits and carrier diversity, making them the ideal solution for the eventual connectivity to 5G. Utilizing 4G connectivity today is an easy switch to 5G tomorrow. SD-WAN platforms make that capability a reality.
Preparing for the Shift
QOS Networks has worked with enterprise networks for nearly a decade, specializing in digital transformation projects like SD-WAN. The preparation and implementation of 5G is something we’re working daily on with our customers. We have multiple offerings that can enable your organization to be prepared for the 5G shift and ultimately be ahead of the curve to take advantage of the new technology.