Over the past few years, businesses across the spectrum have displayed faster digital adoption than ever before. As digital becomes synonymous with doing business in the 21st century, more devices are connecting to network clusters. In 2020, the pandemic only sped up this digital adoption trend, and rapidly drove traditional ways of studying, working, living, and doing business onto digital platforms. While businesses across industries exhibit and rely on greater digital maturity for growth and survival, the need to reimagine the network infrastructure with new technologies is becoming a ticking time-bomb.
Digital transformation offers a compelling vision; promising new avenues of growth— reinforcing the need for low-latency at the edge, low response times, and wider information highways. With the fourth industrial revolution underway, connected manufacturing and smart factories require a digital foundation, necessary to catalyze adoption of new technologies such as digital twins, industrial IoT (IIoT), and collaborative robots. Objects ranging from cars and appliances to watches and apparel are learning and organizing themselves to fulfil our needs by automatically adapting to our behavior, environment, or business processes. The success of V2X technology requires real-time data analytics to drive instantaneous actions, such as collision warnings and emergency vehicle alerts without network latency.
Think about the mining and construction industry, where using zero network latency architectures, unmanned machines can be remote-controlled, saving crane operators the risks of working in dangerous circumstances. Millions of IoT devices, smart offices, and homes are interacting with each other, every minute, to deliver a superior user experience, automation, and cost efficiency. Real-time adjustments optimize network latency for military-grade precision equipment, robotic surgery, and associated AR/VR simulations. Let us say the tethering with AR and VR will take place using a 5G connection; what about the connectivity between mobile devices and headsets? Can 5G alone fulfil the economy of high-speed pervasive connectivity? What does it take to realize the full potential of the edge value chain?