“5G Can Have A Large Potential Impact On Wi-Fi Infrastructure”

“5G Can Have A Large Potential Impact On Wi-Fi Infrastructure”

5G is the next big thing in IT and this next-gen technology will impact IT market in years to come. The organizations across industries have high expectations thus they are keen on embracing the shift. With roll out of 5G technology, the data volume will exponentially increase as it will result in higher connectivity and productivity.

Rise in Data Volume

To know more about this new technology, we recently spoke to Navdeep Narula, Executive Director Mobility, IoT and Compute, Ingram Micro India. He said, “With the enablement of next-generation bandwidth-intensive technologies like automation, IoT, and AI on the manufacturing floor, 5G will foster better efficiency in the industry. Extended Reality (XR) has brought to life some amazing use cases, which require a much larger data pipe. 5G will further increase productivity by enabling AR overlays in processes and assuring safe practices through VR-based training, which will further increase productivity. The industrial sector will fully experience the effects of Industry 4.0 and digital transformation.”

5G will accelerate wireless technology across industries. Let us take a brief look at the impact of 5G on some key industries.

  • Powering manufacturing efficiency
  • Real-time intelligence gathering for utilities
  • Improving output in agriculture using quality data
  • Smarter transportation
  • Providing access to affordable healthcare
  • Using the capabilities of edge computing and the cloud
  • New age education practices using metaverse and XR

5G Impacting Industries

5G technology will have a significant impact on the businesses across industries. The next revolution in the communication technology will benefit the businesses and enable them to harness this next-gen technology. Elaborating about the impact of this technology, Navdeep said, “The advantages of this new technology will undoubtedly enhance how internet-connected gadgets are utilized and open up new opportunities for products and services. However, the shift will be difficult and call for significant infrastructure investments between now and this connected future. Specifically, the automotives, transportation, healthcare, industrial training and manufacturing industries all are primed to benefit from 5G.”

“Not many industries will see changes as significant as these five, but 5G will not simply benefit these. The disruptive potential of 5G networks will transform numerous industries for businesses as well as the consumer segment, where the proliferation of smart connected devices will increase leading to more smart homes of the future. As technology advances, even more advantages will become apparent. “Within the following two years, some of these developments will occur. Before people can utilise others, it will need more time, infrastructure and 5G availability across the length and breadth of the nation. But regardless of the timeline, 5G will undoubtedly change these sectors,” added by Navdeep.

Challenges in Adopting 5G

Embracing any new technology is never easy as it involves many complexities related to upgrading the IT infrastructure. Commenting on what could be the challenges in going forward in 5G era, Navdeep said, “Due to the lack of global practices or limited wireless network expertise, the integration of 5G networks poses significant problems for the majority of businesses. Concerns about protecting data from outside intrusions in industries include security and privacy. This concern is brought on by the growing volume of data handled, which makes it a desirable target for cyberattacks. This issue could disappear once 5G devices are made mobile device management system compliant.”

Major challenges-

  • In comparison, we are technologically behind.
  • Lack of investment capital: Many Indian enterprises are also burdened with debt.
  • Regulations: The adoption of new technologies more quickly when the costs of earlier investments in technology have not been recovered adds another layer of complication.
  • Technical Difficulties: It is difficult to create an IT architecture that can be used globally while still allowing for regionally specific technologies.

Key Offerings by Ingram Micro

With proliferation of “Work from Home” and “anytime connectivity”, we all have gone through moments of erratic network connectivity, while on the move. This can be a thing of the past with the advent of 5G, which will help us keep pace with the changing tech trends. Adding further on this, Navdeep said, “While it still remains to be seen, 5G can have a large potential impact on the wi-fi infrastructure both in the enterprise space and in the consumer segment, where enterprise & broadband speeds will be available without geographic limitations.  We are watching this space very closely and working with our vendor principals to bring such disruptive products to the market in a timely manner.”

“Two of our future growth engines - IoT & XR, rely heavily on 5G to realise the potential i.e. higher speed and lower latency and we are building a large portfolio and products and solutions, which will exploit the revolutionary use cases that will come up with the launch of 5G. No Technology is successful without an ecosystem in place and we at Ingram Micro are creating an ecosystem, wherein the potential of 5G can be harnessed fully with applications in the IoT & XR segments. Our collaboration with large brownfield OEMs, greenfield solution providers, ISVs and other ecosystem partners gives us a unique edge by virtue of which our customers and partners can take complete end to end solution leverage. With Ingram Micro’s tagline, “Realize the Promise of technology”, we would like to play the role of being a pivot between Telcos and Solution Ecosystem Providers to harness the promise of technology,” concluded by Navdeep.

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