It sure has taken a while, but 5G is finally here. Unlike former next generation wireless technologies, which were basically just gradual improvements, 5G is a massive transformation that will completely change how networks are deployed, utilized, and secured.

However, many organizations seem to be treating 5G as just another wireless revision, with a majority believing it won’t enable new capabilities or bring new challenges. But these businesses are in for a rude awakening when they begin their 5G rollouts.

What is the True Impact of 5G?

From a technology standpoint, the impact of 5G is clear. Put simply, we are looking at infrastructures where every single smartphone, mobile device, and IoT gadget have at their disposal bandwidth and speeds that are greater than what many enterprises have running into their network cores.

The innovations and capabilities of 5G will bring great opportunities, allowing innovative service providers to rethink how they deliver services. But, the challenges will also increase, especially when it comes to securing these new kinds of networks.

Aberdeen research has shown that Best-in-Class service providers are those who are proactive when it comes to ensuring that their infrastructure, from the network core to security to edge connectivity, are utilizing modern technologies that, instead of adding to their challenges, actually help them adopt technologies like 5G. With the right security infrastructure and platforms in place, these best-in-class providers are better able to handle the demands of the Internet of Things, augmented reality and virtual reality, 4K video, and transformative cloud systems and microservices that will rise dramatically as 5G networks are deployed.

Migrating Still Remains a Challenge

But, the challenges that will come with 5G are just as large. History has shown that malicious black hat actors will look to utilize these changes to enact new types of attacks, penetrations and malware. And service providers will be at ground zero when it comes to preventing these new types of attacks.

As businesses migrate from 4G to 5G, they will need to focus on building the right foundation to protect these new networks and follow key steps to embed security throughout their infrastructure.

Overcoming the security and deployment challenges that come with 5G, as well as building an infrastructure that will allow service providers to deliver innovative and quality 5G capabilities to their customers, is the focus of an upcoming series of podcasts that Aberdeen and Fortinet are collaborating on.

In these podcasts, we take a deep dive into all of these issues and more. We’ll look at what 5G will mean and the impact it will have on service providers looking to transform their offerings. And we’ll analyze leading security technologies that will protect these 5G investments.

Look for these podcasts here in the near future. I hope you enjoy these interesting and interactive discussions on the rise of 5G and its impact on service providers and their customers.