5G is an exciting development. However, it also introduces a number of new challenges that will affect the entire transport network, such as the huge growth in mobile data traffic, the increased densification of base stations and access points, strict latency requirements and a multitude of vertical use cases. This will require additional capacity and connectivity as well as better synchronization and improved security.
The advent of 5G is an exciting time for service providers. Those that can converge and optimize their networks will be able to offer diverse new services that deliver a competitive advantage and contribute to top line growth. In fact, in ‘The guide to capturing the 5G industry digitalization business potential’, Ericsson delves deeper into how operators can potentially grow revenues up to 36 percent by addressing 10 key industry sectors.
Traditionally, to bring down the cost basis of optical transceivers, the industry relied solely on economies of scale to drive supplier volume for all-optical subassembly supply chains. This stands in stark contrast to the multi-$100 billion silicon electronic supply chain which has benefited from shared design methodologies, automated wafer manufacturing, shared packaging approaches and common test infrastructure to deliver unparalleled economies of scale for computing and networking equipment. The optical transceiver industry, by comparison, is a cottage industry built on fractured design methodologies, captive wafer manufacturing, proprietary packaging and labor-intensive production that limits economies of scale.
In October 2016, a major domain name system (DNS) service in the United States was hit by a very sophisticated and complex distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack that clogged its servers with malicious requests from tens of millions of IP addresses. The attack caused major disruptions and outages for internet heavyweights such as Twitter, Netflix, Spotify and Reddit.
Of course, there had been many DDoS attacks before and organizations had long put in place defenses against them. But the October 2016 attack was different. It was caused by malware called Mirai which took advantage of the vulnerable security of devices connected to the internet – the so-called Internet of Things (IoT). In the case of the October 2016 attack, the majority of the devices used were reported to be CCTV cameras.
Previously, we looked at how service providers can make 5G a profitable business. A key part of this is also dependent upon service providers delivering distributed compute power as part of the 5G network itself by hosting thousands of mini data centers at the edge. In order to support the rapid growth of the Internet of Things (IoT), this is crucial.