Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, Applied to 5G
- December 18, 2019
From architecture to operations, 5G networks have the potential to drive industries towards digital transformation in ways that we’ve not seen with prior generations of mobile technologies. Whether it be the architectural flexibility to add new capabilities incrementally (prior G’s required end-to-end generational updates), or the industry-centric perspective of 5G use-cases (prior G’s focused on singular consumer experience), I often find that my team and I focus extensively on Four Pillars of 5G Transformation:
As the Dell Technologies representative in the World Economic Forum, Global Future Council on New Network Technologies, I am also exposed to the implications of 5G far-reaching beyond the technology and business opportunities being developed on 5G. The societal value and social good that can be achieved by applying cloud operating economics to mobile networking is one that I am seeing first-hand and, seeing these use-cases, provides a new sense of purpose in our 5G work. This purpose is bigger than any technology, or architecture, or path to revenue, and it led me to reflect on Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, and how the work Dell Technologies performs applies directly to helping achieve that end-goal of benefitting society. I modeled this as follows:
Infrastructure Needs: While it might be a bit self-serving for Dell Technologies that the 5G platform necessary to achieve the top hierarchy is built on a foundation of technologies that align directly to our portfolio, there is no denying that the foundational layer of Infrastructure Needs is driven by the ability to modernize network infrastructure, with virtualized and containerized functions residing on a software-programmable architecture integrated with multiple radio technologies in both licensed and unlicensed spectrum bands.
As Maslow has often described, the lower four layers of the Hierarchy of Needs are driven by deprivation – or having “needs” that are unmet. As I look at 5G positioning in the industry, from use-cases offered by service providers to infrastructure provided by vendors, we are motivated by satisfying the need to build a common platform, operate that platform in new ways, and utilize that platform to drive new service offerings across multiple industries.
Over time, however, the industry will realize these benefits and the “need” will have been met – while the benefits to society and the global economy will persist well after 5G networks have been architected, deployed, and scaled for global operations. Just looking briefly at some use-cases that we can expect to see:
It’s beneficial to put the daily grind of activities that we do for work into the context of a higher purpose – we are making an impact. Dell Technologies believes in #technologyforgood. We have already made advancements in many of these areas as we continue to keep health, education, environment and social good top of mind as we build the most powerful network the world has ever seen.