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A new report from Gartner forecasts that there will be more than 30.9B IoT devices worldwide by 2025. As this massive growth occurs, manufacturers are already quickly building IoTs for different industries, solutions, use-cases, etc. In turn, this excessive growth results in a complex and diverse IoT ecosystem. The IoT ecosystem is now a diverse set of rules and protocols guiding communication, ruggedness, I/O, firmware, storage, security, processing, and more.

The proliferation of IoT devices and solutions have opened up many opportunities and new use cases for consumers, private networks, industrial applications, and critical communications services. This massive increase in adoption and utilization of new technology will, at the same time, escalate security vulnerabilities. As security is always a continuous concern, there has been an increased focus on hardware-based security, which has shown solid capability in helping to secure devices, minimize risks, and protect digital assets.

5G network rollouts are speeding up globally and spectrums are being allocated to enterprises, allowing the rise of private 5G networks – a network that does not need to share traffic with other cellular networks in the vicinity. This can be a crucial turning point for enterprises, especially for manufacturers who require 5G capabilities to implement the digital transformative applications that drive smart factories, and the Internet of Things (IoT).

The pace of innovation in the networking world continues to increase with the immense growth in devices, increased data flow, and new protocols. As demands for higher throughput and efficiency drive switch development, the standard fixed-function application-specific integrated circuit (ASIC) have started to make way for more flexible programmable switch that allows greater control of the data plane. Programmable switch ASICs deliver complete customized flexibility without sacrificing performance, power, or costs.  

The “edge” has become a popular term because it brings value to businesses. Edge computing refers to the data at the network’s edge – on, near or around the physical thing producing the data, which allows the local devices to process the time-sensitive data, rather than having to send the data to a centralized control server for analysis.

Open standards allow for interoperability between different equipment from different suppliers, enabling network operators with freedom of choice and moving away from expensive, proprietary solutions. They establish protocols and building blocks to help make applications more functional, making possible for greater use of software-defined networking, hence cloud computing, network function virtualization and artificial intelligence (AI) techniques can be used to control core network functions.

5G networks pushed to the edge can give enterprise options to enhance services and deliver new use cases with the level of control and investment they want. The challenge for telecommunications service providers is resolving how to get a good return on investment (ROI) on the expensive infrastructure for 5G networks. One solution is private 5G networks, defined as a network with dedicated bandwidth and infrastructure for specific use cases to meet business needs for specific customers. 

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