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Enabling the next decade of progress – part 2

February 25, 2020

Genius Wong   

Genius Wong, Executive Vice President – Core and Next-Gen Connectivity Services, and Chief Technology Officer

Following on from part 1, Genius Wong continues her analysis of how issues with traditional cellular and WiFi connectivity can be overcome using global virtual private mobile networks.

In part 1, I discussed why overcoming connectivity problems is essential for enterprises readying to future-proof their business. The airline industry is just one example becoming ever more reliant on stable, secure connectivity without which there can be major issues with scheduling, leading to a big impact on the bottom line. In part 2, I deliberate why securing the transmission of data is of vital importance as the roll-out of connected cars continues.

Creating seamless connected car experiences

The combination of a private mobile network and a global virtual private mobile network can underpin a connected car ecosystem through borderless IoT connectivity too.

So, by extending the closed network of a smart factory to the outside world with embedded SIMs (eSIM) built in vehicles, the whole ecosystem – including automotive dealerships, insurers and retailers – can become globally, seamlessly and securely connected.

Global virtual private mobile connectivity helps safeguard new innovative connected car services too. Telematics, infotainment, vehicle safety systems and driver assistance services, as well as V2X (vehicle-to-everything) applications such as parking control systems and emergency services all depend on the security and integrity of data.

“With a wealth of information being received and sent every moment by these applications, encrypted, private, mobile-edge-to-cloud connectivity is the armour that connected cars need.” 

Secure data capture also helps pave the way for an enhanced, personalised driving experience and new revenue streams across the connected car ecosystem, because a virtual private mobile network gives automotive manufacturers the flexibility to connect different applications in different ways. Some of them, such as infotainment, rely on high speed network connectivity – but manufacturers may be willing to compromise on speed if the cost is too high. After all, sharing relevant retail offers over a navigation system is a nice-to-have, not a must, unlike more critical applications such as telematics. For these applications, they want continuous high-quality connectivity to ensure safety, no matter the cost.

“Through a virtual private mobile network, automotive manufacturers have the freedom and control to manage their own connectivity for these different use cases.”

Traditional public mobile networks don’t give them this flexibility.

Empowering enterprises to take back control

Going forwards, the crucial piece of the puzzle for enterprises to innovate through mobility and IoT is going to be intelligently applying the technology available.

Getting this right, however, means they need more visibility and control over their networks, and more reliable and secure connectivity. A global, virtual private mobile network can act as an intelligent digital infrastructure foundation for enterprises, as more and more people go mobile, ‘things’ get connected, and more businesses become cloud-first and mobile-first.

I believe that re-imagined mobile connectivity like this will transform the way people live and the way businesses operate in the next decade and beyond.


If you missed the first part of this blog you can find it here.