5G’s Impact on the APAC Financial Landscape

Managing Director for Communications, Media and Entertainment at Cloudera

For 95% of the senior company decision makers questioned globally, mature data strategies have proved essential to business resilience, according to recent study by Cloudera. Organizations must rethink their approach to the cloud and data if they are to properly exploit it and gain from it. Organizations may now select the tools that are most suited to their needs thanks to the development of flexible on-premises and cloud consumption models like Infrastructure-as-a-Service, Platform-as-a-Service, and Software-as-a-Service.

With its capacity to support up to 1 million connected devices per square kilometer and potential for huge connection for the Internet of Things (IoT), 5G is poised to upend our digital lives. Because of its high bandwidth and low latency support, 5G will considerably accelerate data quantities and provide consumers with more data, uses, apps, and information.

According to the Ericsson Mobility Report, worldwide monthly average smartphone data use is anticipated to reach 46 GB, and 5G’s proportion of mobile data traffic is predicted to increase from 17 percent in 2022 to 69 percent in 2028. This is anticipated to reach around 54 GB per month in Southeast Asia and Oceania in 2028; with a CAGR of 28%, this makes this area the one with the fastest increase.

Organizations have the chance to take swift, in-the-moment decisions that are well-informed thanks to the rise in data. The ability of its cache of complex, rich data sets to be rapidly processed and analyzed at scale for both reporting and inference will be what separates the victors from the laggards.

CIO World Asia spoke with Anthony Behan Managing Director for Communications, Media and Entertainment at Cloudera about impact of 5G in the financial landscape.

The Positive Impact of 5G in the Financial Landscape

In order to gain and keep a competitive edge, financial institutions now heavily rely on the cloud. A recent IDC Financial Insights research claims that cloud computing is now considered the foundation for corporate applications, even those deemed mission-critical, and that cloud expenditures are continuing to rise.

In order to operationalize data analytics and AI solutions for better data-driven decision-making and operational efficiency, Cloudera collaborates closely with some of the top financial institutions in Asia and throughout the world. The proliferation of connected and autonomous devices is accelerated by 5G, making it more challenging to guarantee user identity and permission in a safe manner. On the other side, 5G features that increase security include the possibility for network slicing and the volume of metadata that makes passive identification methods with AI assistance possible. The capacity of a financial institution to build trust through cutting-edge technologies for quicker decision-making will set the leaders apart from the others. Institutions are shifting their attention away from the algorithm and toward things like business-ready predictive dashboards, infographics, and applications that make technology usage easier.

Financial organizations will be able to expand and grow their present digital products thanks to 5G. The high-speed and low-latency operations afforded by 5G will help financial institutions to provide superior tele-services, substantially decrease operational difficulties, and boost the pace at which the institution provides services. Furthermore, 5G network endpoints are constructed using 4G defensive technologies and new security protocols to address greater threats, assuring the security of data sent over the network.

Enterprise 5G can help minimize network latency by putting network nodes closer to consumers, eliminating data traveling long distances, and improving real-time access to this data as it becomes more widely used across sectors. As a result, communications and security processing activities, a crucial step in safeguarding sensitive data, will gain.

The Impact 5G Has on Data Centers Today

The number of digital touchpoints has greatly expanded because to the modern digital lifestyle, which has also accelerated our data consumption. Data collection by businesses, whether it be machine data, structured data, transactional data, or unstructured data, is at an all-time high. Some of our customers are gathering more than 400 gigabytes of data every day (where 1 terabyte equals to over approximately 730,000 floppy disks).

IDC forecasts that by 2025, 80% of all data will be unstructured globally. Businesses cannot afford to disregard such a substantial portion of the data they produce. Data must be improved and examined for a competitive edge if it is to be a strategic asset.

Organizations are increasingly using open data lakehouse designs in recent months to process data in the lake quickly across several analytical engines. Unstructured data is included in this. This expansion will be fueled by the adoption of enterprise 5G, which will also place a tremendous amount of strain on network and cloud infrastructures to manage this data safely and at scale. Additionally, it will increase the overall requirement for storage. In preparation for this, efforts must be undertaken to reinforce and improve current infrastructures. A data management solution that can ingest and analyze any sort of data, wherever it sits, while guaranteeing that data does not remain in a segregated environment inside the ecosystem, is necessary to handle 5G’s capability for big throughput and quicker performance at gigantic scale.

Data gravity, which will make it difficult and cause delays to transfer the data and the applications linked to the data, will also be brought on by the enormous volume of data. This will limit an organization’s capacity for innovation and agility. Businesses will increasingly produce and collect data in a variety of places, including on-site, on the cloud, and at endpoints. They will have to cope with complexity, efficiency, size, and tight, consistent governance and security standards.

Transitioning into 5G

All of the essential building blocks for 5G in the enterprise will be made available by the rollout of 5G networks. In order to grow the connectivity across a variety of devices, from sensors to mobile phones, communication service providers play a crucial role. One of the first few telecoms in the world to provide commercial 5G services is Korea’s LG Uplus. It has collaborated with Comarch to develop a Network Real-time Analysis Platform (NRAP) on the Cloudera Data Platform that ingests 300 terabytes of network-related data each day from its wired (Home/Business) and wireless (LTE/5G) services.

In the following three to four years, this volume is anticipated to quadruple. With NRAP, LG Uplus can automatically assess any 5G service interruptions experienced by customers and swiftly pinpoint the underlying reason to promptly fix the issue. The platform powered by Cloudera also enables LG Uplus’ data analysts to anticipate problems with service quality to reduce the likelihood of downtime. This enables LG Uplus to offer quick and dependable 5G services at lower operating costs while boosting client satisfaction.

The advantages of 5G as a high-bandwidth, low-latency medium will provide unmatched connectivity to gadgets, programs, or people. The correct solution will significantly increase operational effectiveness for the organization by enabling the automation of key activities and managing and capturing insight from data. The firm will probably not be significantly impacted by the transition to 5G. The communication service providers will be responsible for doing the bulk of the work, therefore they will need to have strong operational capabilities that combine the necessary expertise with reliable procedures and technology.

Convincing Businesses to Upgrade Their Infrastructure and Shift to 5G

“We live in turbulent times. The ability of a business to be agile and flexible as it moves, learns, and reacts quickly to market changes will be key to surviving market changes and economic uncertainties.” said Anthony Behan.

The business will benefit from lower operational expenses and the chance to reallocate funds to innovative initiatives by streamlining and automating operations through digital transformation. The amount of data created by digitizing the business also rises significantly, which businesses may use to get insights for sensible decision-making and the flexibility to switch methods with little resistance.

The data produced must be examined in real-time no matter where it sits or where the company wants it to be as future data architectures become more dispersed across various platforms including the public cloud, the edge, and on-premises. By automating this data input, the company will be able to make decisions more quickly and intelligently in reaction to change.

In order to integrate disparate data lakehouses and enable value to be collected throughout the integrated data fabric, businesses must employ a low cost, high-throughput, low-latency backbone. Broadband wireless technologies like 5G make up a portion of that network’s backbone.