This Week in Network Transformation News

Telecoms are getting ready to square off with other players in the market for who will provide 5G, and some things in the Internet of Things could make use of tried-and-true cellular connectivity. Speaking of connectivity, SD-WAN is proving to be a popular choice for businesses that need to work together across multiple locations. By 2025, the majority of media could come to you via 5G, and Intel is at work in India to bring innovation to a population of over a billion.

Building a 5G-Ready Experience-Centric Converged Transport Network

“Over the Top” is a tale as old as time. The 1987 film stars Sylvester Stallone as a trucker/arm wrestling champion who’s on a journey to reconnect with his son through both truck driving and arm wrestling. It’s somewhat different from over-the-top (OTT) players who are competing with telecoms to create 5G infrastructure. It’s kind of like arm wrestling, except with the future of connectivity.

Opportunities and Challenges in Cellular IoT

Every IoT device needs to connect to the internet. If it doesn’t, it’s not an “internet of things thing.” It’s just, you know, a “thing,” and that’s not terribly new or exciting. Power is always a consideration with connections, and cellular connections could be viable for devices (or things) outside of Wi-Fi or Bluetooth range, especially for those that only need to share a small amount of data.

The Impact of SD-WAN on Businesses

Connection is important when you have multiple locations. A Starbucks in Toronto or Tokyo has to have the same Starbucks-ness you can find in Seattle. It has to be connected to the whole, otherwise it’s just a coffee shop with a mermaid on the door. SD-WAN is increasingly how businesses with multiple locations stay connected and maintain a secure always-on network for critical applications.

2025: The year of 5G Entertainment

Want to feel old? Kids born in 2000 are 18 now. Want to feel even older? In 2025 they’ll be 25. Now that you feel like a dried-up mummy of a person, let’s talk about the future. By 2025, up to 57 percent of media revenues will use super-high bandwidth 5G networks. That means kids won’t have to wait even a second to watch whatever it is they’re into now—and you’ll get “Star Trek” reruns instantly.

Intel India Bets Big on AI to Help in the Timely Rollout of 5G

India is somewhat huge. At 1.3 billion people, it’s the size of over 115 Belgiums, 161 New York Cities, or 2,285 Wyomings. India is also the world’s biggest democracy, which is a cool trivia fact. It’s one of the most important areas on planet Earth. That’s why Intel has Nivruti Rai heading up innovation and transformation in the subcontinent and bringing connectivity to roughly one-seventh of humanity.