5G – Maximising security and connectivity with Velocity

Last updated: 24 February 2023

The theme of this year’s Mobile World Congress (MWC) event is velocity – capturing the ideas about the speed at which technology is revolutionising our industry. 5G will be one of those key lenses in which this is discussed.

At ground-breaking speed 5G is unlocking value across the mobile ecosystem. With millions of 5G devices and huge waves of new data being collected, 5G is constantly redefining how the world connects.

If you’ve followed our blog for some time, you’ll know that we believe 5G has the potential to transform the world around us – offering new opportunities to deliver ground-breaking solutions to our digital world. MWC gives the entire mobile and connectivity industry a forum to connect and share ideas about the future.

5G continues to shape connectivity all around us – it’s underpinning all of our conversations at this year’s show – whether it’s unlocking the potential of Massive IoT, or how it will assist with the mass roll-out of eSIMs.

Alongside these developments – we’ll also be on hand throughout the show to talk about how we can accelerate, further connect and secure your 5G deployments. Just a taster of what we’ve been working on below.

Taking the future of 5G to new heights

We’re taking 5G into space. Alongside our partners at Ericsson and Qualcomm, we’re working on a satellite network initiative that will enable smartphone users to wirelessly access superfast speeds and low latency wherever they are in the world.

With the recent technical specifications in 3GPP related to Non-Terrestrial Network enhancements (where Thales is actively participating in), a global standard for satellite systems is newly defined aiming to support any orbit, any frequency band and any device.

It opens the door for the seamless integration of satellite network components in 5G systems and beyond, delivering the promise of a ubiquitous mobile system providing 5G connectivity from space. Imagine the possibilities!

Securing 5G, from the edge to the core

5G promises rich new business models for enterprises. However, these benefits come with risks to the confidentiality and integrity of sensitive data if security challenges are not addressed with a new trust model for the 5G era. These security threats continue to evolve – cybercriminals are becoming increasingly sophisticated, seeking to target connected devices and cause maximum disruption.

It’s never been more important to discuss security solutions that deliver end-to-end encryption and authentication to help organizations protect data across fronthaul, midhaul, and backhaul operations as data moves from users and IoT, to radio access, to the edge (including multi-user edge computing), and, finally, in the core network and data stores, including containers.

Putting the trust into Trusted Digital Telcos

Operators now have the opportunity to distribute subscriptions in a 100% digital way. This carries many benefits for the end-user and operator (agility, speed, efficiency), and the radical adoption of eSIMs and 5G has changed the operating environment – opening new possibilities. However, as with any digital service, it’s vital that there is a high level of customer trust. Consumers are increasingly looking for a trusted, end-to-end digital journey for purchasing and using their mobile plan.

Mobile first Thales solutions are either leveraging on a digital BSS to create a digital first brand or integrating to a carrier app proposing a quick and secure onboarding, including identity verification and eSIM subscription for a 100% digital telco experience.

To discuss 5G in more detail, visit us in Hall 2 stand 2J30 at MWC.

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