If you’ve been reading tech news lately, you’ve probably heard about 5G – the next generation of wireless service. It promises to be faster than ever, and it’s making waves. Any new internet technology can change the way we work and live. But 5G stands out: Companies and countries are scrambling to adopt it as soon as possible.
5G has been described as data transmission in real time. With theoretical speeds somewhere around 10 gigabits per second, 5G will eventually enable users to download entire movies in less than ten seconds. The same application takes about 15-20 minutes on average today.
Not surprisingly, the arrival of 5G has been heralded with great fanfare in the business community as well. But it’s important to understand that, for the time being, wired backbone networks are still essential to giving enterprises reliable high speed internet.
Here’s why business leaders need to stay pragmatic about 5G:
1. 5G Internet Barely Exists In Practice
Look around the world today and you’ll find most people are nowhere near using 5G just yet. One of the nations with the highest level of 5G adoption is South Korea. It consistently ranks near the top of high speed internet availability, with 5G users in the thousands. In the U.S., all major carriers have launched 5G, but coverage is measured in hundreds of feet.
2. Florida Might Be Among The Last To Get 5G
When it comes to new internet technologies, Florida has always faced unique problems. Geography and weather make it difficult to upgrade and maintain the base stations needed for better performance. The “last mile” cabling connecting homes and businesses to faster networks is often outdated. Florida may be more than a decade away from reliable 5G.
3. Wireless Still Isn’t As Secure As Wired
The argument can be made that wireless connections are getting less secure rather than more. The news is packed with reports of attacks launched on businesses, hospitals, and even schools using wireless. As the Internet of Things connects more devices wirelessly, these vulnerabilities are sure to increase. That is a concern for enterprises of any size.
4. Professional Cabling Is Central To Reliability
Professional structured cabling is still the best approach for maximum uptime and consistent performance. Compared to wireless, cabling resists interference, is more reliable during a natural disaster, and is far more secure. Of course, maximizing the value of cabling requires a detailed plan executed by IT experts who understand your business.
5. Mixed Networks Are Still The Norm
Many corporate campuses have areas served mainly by wireless. Wireless is great for “filling in gaps” as buildings expand and the number of devices on your network grows. However, the backbone of your network, which connects you to the wider world, is the biggest factor in overall performance. For high-performing businesses, that means a tried and trusted T1 connection.
Atlantic Communications Team Will Build You A Network You Can Count On
High speed internet is becoming even more crucial to today’s businesses. Cutting-edge innovation will always be a key part of that. When it comes to reliable service for your business, though, it’s vital to combine tools and techniques with a truly strategic approach.
With our decades of experience, Atlantic Communications Team will implement high speed internet in a way that works for your unique enterprise. To find out more, contact us today.