“The network is the computer,” averred the former Sun Microsystems slogan from the 1990s. As we approach the 2020s, it’s more accurate to say, “the network is the world.” Global business depends on networks. Supply chain transactions, consumer ecommerce, employee collaboration, GPS tracking, environmental sensors — business depends on network technology. 5G is the next step for that technology.

Expert thoughts on 5G implications

The current and future status of network technologies was the topic of a discussion panel at BraveIT 2019. The session — What 5G Really Means For IT — included CXOs, investment bankers, tech entrepreneurs and IT analysts to discuss network innovations and insights from their unique industry perspectives. The panelists included:

  • Paul Savill — Senior Vice President of Core Network & Technology Solutions, CenturyLink
  • Marc Halbfinger — CEO, PCCW Global
  • Gabriel Montanti — Global Offering Executive, IBM Cloud
  • Gabriel Sassoon — Senior Vice President Network, Live Nation
  • Tony Rossabi — Chief Revenue Officer, TierPoint

These executives shared their thoughts on network technologies rollouts such as 5G, edge computing, AI and how those developing technologies may look in the near future.

CenturyLink’s Paul Savill on 5G, bandwidth and low latency impact

"Though 5G hasn’t proliferated yet, we will be seeing more and more 5G over time. 5G is a 10-fold increase in bandwidth over what you can get today. More bandwidth means more applications.  5G networks are built with Evolved Packet Core (EPC) which enables carriers to deploy applications on a compute stack close to the edge, with very low latency. When you combine that with fiber networks, you have a powerful network combination and nearly unlimited bandwidth."

PCCW Global’s Marc Halbfinger on 5G and Edge Computing

"5G enables more movement to edge computing. For instance in China, Chinese mobile operators, as well as our company, are looking at how to reorganize base stations to be distributed data center environments. Today base stations are being built up to 1Kw but imagine base stations 100 times that capability."

IBM Cloud‘s Gabriel Montanti on 5G and AI

"5G will open up opportunities for AI. With the push for computing at the edge, we’ll have the capability to crunch data at the edge and to apply some type of intelligence. As we reduce latency, we can apply real-time business analytics and AI to the data to make better decisions. That’s very important for things like smart cities."

Live Nation Network’s Gabriel Sassoon on real-time content

"At Live Nation, we have two ways of looking at 5G. One is immediate: how do we help concert goers share content. We know that 89% of our fans that go to concerts share content with their phones and 5G can help that by giving them more bandwidth.

"For the longer term, we think about how we can provide fans with something different when they go to a concert. Could we make it possible for fans to talk to each other in real time? Can we do something in the performance that’s in real time — such as create a digital world around a concert with augmented reality?"

TierPoint’s Tony Rossabi on the future of 5G

"As 5G runs its course, data centers and network providers are going to get bigger because the equipment is going to eat up more space and, ultimately, more power is going to be consumed. But we’re in the early innings with this. Over next three to four years, I expect we’ll see significant growth in all our markets [for 5G] as more enterprises begin deploying and passing large amounts of data. It will be important [for data centers] to have a distributed architecture and a presence in multiple cities because latency will become a more relevant issue. Data centers will need greater proximity to end users."

Watch the full BraveIT session ‘What 5G Really Means For IT’

Watch the full session below for more insights on 5G adoption, the impact of artificial intelligence, data center implications, and more:

 

More content from BraveIT 2019

There were multiple panels and sessions at BraveIT covering topics such as: what 5G will mean for IT organizations, hyperscale vs. hyperconverged infrastructure, the future of compliance, and much more.  Watch the full sessions on BraveIT TV. Interested in participating in BraveIT 2020? Pre-register for BraveIT 2020 today.

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