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5G is Here, How Will This Impact ISPs and Businesses?

As consumers tap into their extra bandwidth on their respective devices, this means larger data is being requested through the same core network at the ISP and your company’s network. Does this mean you have to upgrade your infrastructure?

Consumers are hungry for more and faster downloads. It’s nothing new, this has been the rally cry since the days of 56K modems. As consumers tap into their extra bandwidth on their respective devices, this means larger data is being requested through the same core network at the ISP and your company’s network. Does this mean you have to upgrade your infrastructure? Often, the costs to upgrade don’t always scale well with the number of 5G users added daily, and sometimes it’s just plain cost prohibitive to upgrade infrastructure. There is another solution, instead of spending vast amounts of money to totally replace existing infrastructure to handle more users instead we simply optimize what’s already in place.

5G Infrastructure

When you analyze all the content downloaded by end-users and within an organization you’ll find that a lot of it is duplicate data. Be it email services, windows updates, IOS updates, application updates, company websites, videos or even employees visiting their same favorite sites day after day. While a lot of the content comes from the cloud, all must go through the ISP and travel all the way to where these devices reside. Not only does that often increase latency, but many of these cloud providers have not optimized their content delivery method so you may end up waiting a long time to download certain content even with a 5G capable device.

To truly take advantage of 5G and create the best user experience, enterprises and ISPs should look towards creating a companion private CDN. A SuperLumin private or enterprise CDN solution can maximize the benefits of edge locations. It is extremely adaptable to different installations and can effectively handle any scale of traffic through intelligent load balancing that ensures the content is always vended without having to worry about duplicating content on each server. As reliability is one of the core principles driving Superlumin, content will never become unavailable if a server (or location) goes down. The software is designed to work with a variety of resources, and it even operates exceptionally well in situations where the total amount of content is greater than the local storage by prioritizing holding only the most requested content as additional storage becomes unavailable. This means that each installation can be customized based on actual need with no unnecessary need to duplicate ALL content at each edge location. All of this paired with the fact that Edge, Regional, and Origin locations are designed to work together means that your end users will ALWAYS receive their content quickly, while putting a smile to all those who hold a 5G device in their hands.

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