Looking Ahead: The Transformational Power of 5G and Secure Mobile Messaging
Anurag Lal, President and CEO of Infinite Convergence.
Wide-scale deployment of 5G is poised to transform enterprises in every sector. Faster download and data transfer speeds and improved network reliability are driving forward innovations such as fully autonomous vehicles, industrial automation, intelligent infrastructure as well as a new era of connectivity that supports an increasingly mobile workforce.
This new era of 5G connectivity coupled with advanced, secure mobile messaging and collaboration technology will unlock higher enterprise productivity and efficiency, resulting in better business performance and greater profitability.
Development of the 5G ecosystem is picking up steam. American service providers are investing $30 billion annually in cellular infrastructure and 5G networks nationwide now cover over 300 million people. Globally 1060 5G devices have been announced with 704 now commercially available. By the end of 2027, 5G subscriptions are expected to reach 4.4 billion.
As the 5G ecosystem becomes more robust, enterprises are planning to make the move to this next generation of mobile technology. An ABB survey of chief information officers (CIOs) and chief technology officers (CTOs) in Global Fortune top 1000 companies across the U.S., France, Germany and Italy found that 83% of respondents have either transitioned to 5G or anticipate doing so within the next two years.
Making the leap into 5G will supercharge workplace communication and collaboration and the mobile messaging technology which plays a key role in keeping an increasingly remote, distributed workforce connected. As 5G transforms connectivity, collaboration tools are becoming even more powerful in facilitating the instantaneous, contextual and intuitive collaboration that optimizes workflows and increases productivity.
For example, mobile messaging platforms that allow distributed teams to communicate on their preferred channel of choice will be supported by the reach and reliability of 5G technology. Additionally, the file, image and video sharing capabilities of mobile messaging and collaboration platforms will benefit from 5G’s lower latency which eliminates poor connections and slow downloads, making the sharing of information and data almost instantaneous.
Organizations looking to supercharge communication and collaboration with the transformational promise of 5G will need a mobile messaging platform purpose built for the enterprise. If the messaging platform lacks end-to-end encryption and robust administrative controls, organizations will find they have a 5G powered collaboration solution riddled with security and compliance risks.
To securely take advantage of the benefits of 5G in communication and collaboration, enterprises will need a mobile messaging solution that:
- Contains industry-leading security algorithms and supports device-to-device encryption.
- Features centralized administrative control by the enterprise
- Provides administrative, physical and technical safeguards to ensure compliance with privacy laws, regulations and company policies
- Is user-friendly, able to extend the benefits of mobile messaging and be easily integrated via secure APIs
There is no question the power of 5G coupled with advanced mobile messaging technology can transform enterprise operations, increasing productivity and improving business results. The question for organizations is whether their mobile messaging solution is securely up to the task.