Petaling Jaya, Dec 9: NTT Ltd latest report titled ‘Private 5G here and now’ has found a significant interest shown in private 5G networks, with 90 per cent of executives expecting that private 5G will become the standard network choice of the future.
These findings were derived from a recent survey of 216 CIOs and senior decision-makers from the UK, US, Japan, and Germany all examining the industry challenges around the implementation and adoption of private 5G.
The findings of the survey has been summarised below:
Where is private 5G being deployed?
The research shows that just over half of companies (51 per cent) planning to deploy a private 5G network will do so within the next six to 24 months to improve security, reliability, and speed, with 30 percent of these respondents already deploying or being in the process of deploying a private 5G network. The most significant interest is from German organisations, with 40 per cent of German businesses deploying private 5G networks. This is followed by 28 per cent of UK firms, 26 percent of Japanese firms and 24 percent of American firms. The majority (80 percent) of executives agree that COVID-19 has made it easier to secure the budget needed for 5G deployment. This attitude is strongest in Germany (93 per cent), followed by the US (83 per cent), the UK (77 per cent) and Japan (65 per cent).
Security concerns are accelerating private 5G adoption
With ransomware on the rise, the CIO and CISO are looking for ways to shore up their defences against increasingly sophisticated attacks. The report finds that 69 per cent of executives agree that the security of their current infrastructure is not strong enough. Other pain points include the control of enterprise data (48 per cent), coverage and speed (43 per cent) and the response time (latency) of their current service provider (40 per cent). When compared with technologies such as Wi-Fi and Public 5G, private 5G networks provide significantly more security capabilities.
Eighty three per cent of executives rate improved data privacy and security as a very important outcome they expect to achieve with the implementation of private 5G networks. It is clear that CIOs want security and control while also enabling digitalisation – and believe a local private 5G network will enable these critical business requirements. This is encouraging enterprises to build and run their own private 5G networks.
Challenges and successful deployment strategies for private 5G
The report identifies that the most common (44 per cent) barrier to deploying private 5G networks is integrating the technology with legacy systems and networks. The complexity surrounding the deployment and management of private 5G networks is also cited as another significant barrier by 37 per cent of respondents. Employees lacking the technical skills and expertise to manage 5G networks is the third most common barrier facing 30 per cent of firms. This is one of the reasons why outsourcing to a managed service provider is the preferred approach by 38 per cent of CIOs when it comes to implementing private 5G networks. Buying private 5G network ‘as-a-service’ can accelerate time to adoption and offer a better end-user experience and return on investment.
Private 5G powers digital transformation across industries
The research highlights that the adoption of private 5G is happening now. The companies leveraging private 5G will have an unprecedented competitive advantage. Whether a company owns a factory floor, distribution centres, storefront or office space, private 5G can dramatically help digitise businesses securely.
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