5G: What You Need To Know
Except new phones launched and Virtual technology headsets, the highlight of the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona was something that still does not exist, 5G.
There was a lot of importance given to the likely build up about the functionality of the next generation of mobile networks where every major exhibiting company was explaining with a lot of enthusiasm how it will be innovating with the coming 5G revolution.
Governments too felt, that it is the correct time to talk about the importance to the economy of being 5G-ready and they decided it is now technologically correct. It was said by the Trade Minister Greg Hands that funds would continue to pour into 5G research post-Brexit, on the UK stand. Intel had actually built a prototype 5G network to give the audiences a feel of what this new connected heaven would be like, at the Intel stand.
An autonomous car, a connected home, and a smart lamppost were all integrated to the network at a rapidly fast speed. Visitors were given an opportunity to wear a Microsoft HoloLens augmented reality headset for display of oceans of data flowing around the stand and up into the sky.
What we noticed was that there was still no agreement on exactly what 5G comprises of, what range would be needed and how the companies would apportion it, so most countries still had to work that out.
Aicha Evans from Intel explained why we should be excited about the promise of 5G. She said to think about what was life like without smartphones and then explained that just as that revolution had connected people, so this next one would allow everything else to get connected, enabling all sorts of advances in the way we live. Intel, being a hardware company has a lot of benefits with this new revolution of 5G but the telecom industry will have to re-tool for 5G.
A senior executive at one of the world’s biggest mobile operators had a very doubtful view about this revolution. He was concerned about “Who’s going to pay for the service?” considering operators had already squeezed their margins, as they fought with smart newcomers such as WhatsApp, and had little hunger to seed money into 5G without seeing much of a return.
One of the chief technologists at a major networking equipment company that could benefit from the 5G technology believed that current advances in 4G – what’s known as Gigabit LTE, which enables much faster data rates over existing networks – offered a more practical and affordable solution. He further added that there was such a head of steam behind 5G that it was likely to happen, just as the dot-com bubble had led to vast and unaffordable investments in fibre networks. But the result was likely to be another radical reshaping of the telecoms industry. So the 5G revolution is surely coming.
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by techtalks @TechTalks May 12, 2017 10:18 AM UTC