FEATURE : 5G is providing help in this area through new antenna technology that supports the parallel use of LTE and 5G in the same frequency band .
This is helping to speed up 5G New Radio deployments via a software upgrade without the need for a significant investment in dedicated low-band spectrum .
Spirent expects to see increased adoption of DSS this year . But considering that early deployments haven ’ t generally delivered 5G-like performance , because of interference issues and spectral inefficiencies , additional optimization will be needed for long-term adoption .
Arrival of the Edge emphasizing enterprise and industrial use cases such as security and video surveillance , remote monitoring and maintenance , and secure desktop offerings for remote workers .
There ’ s also a lot of promise for 5G in private networks . Spirent estimates that there are more than 3,000 private LTE or 5G networks in operation today , and expects that number to explode to more than 14,000 in just a few years .
Helping to drive the trend are enterprise digitalization strategies advanced by 5G and Wi-Fi 6 convergence , capitalizing on breakthrough technologies across the Internet of Things ( IoT ), Big Data analytics and intelligent automation .
After years of trials , service providers could deliver the first commercial Edge Computing deployments based on 5G this year . The previous year was focused on building partnerships among operators , cloud providers and other partners . In 2022 , it could be time to test market demand for such services .
Spirent expects to see a combination of public and private cloud-hosted edge services , with the former focusing on consumer applications and the latter
Exactly how much of an impact 5G will have on communications and business overall remains to be seen . Many developments are underway that can affect how technologies and services are rolled out and used by enterprises .
But there is no doubt that 5G activity will continue to pick up in the coming months and years , and will likely have a profound influence over how organizations connect and interact internally and with the rest of the world . p
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