Why a Phone Company Merger Will Mean Cybersecurity Concerns for Your Office

When Sprint announced it merger with T-Mobile, the primary message given to the press was the following:

  • Lower Prices
  • Better coverage
  • Fast creation of a 5G network

Most people can understand the first two and see only good things.  However, the 5G deployment coming at a faster pace will impact everyone’s network, whether you use 5G or not.  Let me explain.

5G and Mobile Devices

5G networking gives mobile devices faster access to broadband than anything provided at your work.  For example, a 1 GB hardwired office connection is 200 mB slower than using your phone to connect to the Internet.

The first question that any thoughtful user will ask when they have 5G on their phone is "Why would I want to plug in at work when the outcome is slower access to everything?"

5G Cybersecurity Concern

5G represents a security concern beyond current thinking.  Currently, network and systems managers have not struggled to implement a strategy that imposes rules upon you when you use their networks.  They make you run the latest software, they log access to the Internet and they apply updates, with all these services built upon the assumption that you are using their network.

Who will apply rules to keep your users safe, if the networks that you expect them to use aren’t as good as the competitor?  Sure, T-Mobile, Verizon and AT&T have never been considered competitors, as they only offer tools to help with communications.  Now, though, their networking speeds beat in-house wire and wireless networks.  This will require a response unlike any we have recently seen.

What is your response?  Offer 10 GB to your users, making sure that there is still motivation to use the wires in your walls or leave the 1 GB in place and pretend that a rule that says, “You MUST use the corporate network to access network resources,” will somehow be followed.  Sure, there are people that think speed limits keep everyone from speeding, but do they really do that?

How will you penalize people from wanting to do their job more efficiently and quickly?

At TNT, we think the answer is to be “better” than the competition.  Get an assessment of where you are currently at, and get us to help you create a pathway to be ahead of the 5G wave.

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