“Don’t wait for 5G”
Throughout the technical cycle from 2G to 5G there has been a consistent mantra that ‘x’ will work better when the next generation of mobile technology is rolled out. This hope is rarely about raw throughput, that has undoubtedly improved as anybody who tried to download e-mails using GPRS and an IrDA port can testify.
The focus is on all the short comings companies are currently experiencing -getting kicked off the network, having a signal but unable to transmit data, VPNs that get torn down without explanation, packet loss and latency and of course insecurity. All of these things will be addressed when the next generation of mobile network is rolled out.
The reality though is that none of these features were due to the architecture. Most of these issues were down to the implementation and expectations of the various complex parts that make up a working IIoT or M2M system.
It was perhaps with this in mind that a major network integrator said recently (in the days when we could still travel) “Don’t wait for 5G. If your application won’t work in 4G, it won’t work in 5G.”
Making mobile reliable and secure isn’t about the next Technology Generation. It’s about good implementation and good attention to detail.
Douglas formed Mobius in 2003 after twenty years’ experience in the Semiconductor industry. He was driven by the idea that airtime could be better and more secure.