More and more networks, industries and machines will adopt 5G as it becomes more widely available, making security an even greater challenge for businesses in the Asia-Pacific region. Along with this, they will also have to deal with the increasing complexity of managing 5G infrastructure, including the use of "network slicing".
Aside from simply providing consumers with faster data rates, all of this means that more and more industries and devices will start adopting 5G, said John Harrington, senior vice president at Nokia.
The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the digitization of physical industries such as energy and transportation and their dependence on high-speed digital connectivity.
Singapore, for example, has provided grants to promote the development and adoption of 5G products and services, focusing on key technology areas including the Internet of Things (IoT), robotics and artificial intelligence (AI).
Referring to its use in smart cars and the construction sector, Harrington said that 5G could lead to significant economic growth opportunities for Asian region.
In fact, GSMA had predicted that the Asia-Pacific region would be the region with the largest 5G usage by 2025, reaching 675 million connections - or more than half the global volume. The industry group, however, had revised its 2020 forecast for 5G connections to 20% lower than the previous forecast due to the global pandemic.
He said that the development of the region will be guided by markets such as China, Japan and South Korea, with mobile providers investing $ 331 billion to build their 5G networks. GSMA further estimates that 24 markets across Asia will have adopted 5G by 2025, including China, where 28% of mobile connections will operate on 5G networks, accounting for a third of global 5G connections.
With increased connectivity, security would be a major challenge for organizations, Harrington said. He stressed the need to ensure that networks are secure and reliable, even when they meet open industry standards for promoting competition.
These networks will also have increased complexity so it will be difficult to maintain their reliability, he added. Using "network slicing", for example, could be difficult to manage unless companies gain the know-how to do so, he said.
Source of information: zdnet.com