5G is the new generation mobile network. 5G offers higher performance, as well as ultra-low latency, more reliability, massive network capacity, and increased availability.
eMBB is one of the major 5G set of use cases. It is the evolution from LTE and now it can provide mobile gigabit broadband speeds, not only in limited areas but everywhere.
5G uses higher spectrum waves (mmWaves), beamforming, and small cells that will enable a higher capacity in densely populated areas, higher user mobility for services in moving vehicles, greater scalability, and enhanced connectivity. With these advantages, 5G will permit telecom operators to provide new solutions to customers’ challenges with the best quality experience.
One of the most relevant 5G new services is Fixed Wireless Access (FWA). It will make a big impact on global markets, delivering speeds comparable with fiber WAN services over vast coverage areas using the high end of the spectrum.
Massive IoT includes connected wearables, cars, home-cities, industrial sensors, etc., that can increase to several billions of devices in 2020. They belong to a category of use cases driven by scale rather than speed or delay.
Massive IoT requires deep coverage and density to support many connected devices that can have limited battery life. In this situation, a 5G network drives the scenarios perfectly, through its low power requirements and the ability to operate in licensed and unlicensed spectrums.
One of the most important challenges concerns security and data integrity. Companies investing in Massive IoT should include protocols and tools to maintain consumer confidence and avoid unauthorized access.
URLLC focuses on two of the most promising 5G capabilities: a latency of 1ms or less and an ultra-responsive connection. URLLC is probably the hardest feature to get in 5G. It requires multi-connectivity, redundancy, and carrier aggregation in radio access, but also a very good quality of service (QoS), totally different from mobile broadband services. URLLC can offer very good mobility to critical end devices, especially when data rates are not expected to be very high.
The potential applications are enormous and it opens up a range of connection possibilities and services not previously known. It includes autonomous driving, industrial automation, mission-critical applications, tactile interaction, remote medical assistance, mobile edge computing….
Today telecom operators have services with the latest technology for their customers. The new 5G mobile network offers similar connectivity to fiber in a simpler and more accessible way for the customer. That’s why multiple offers of new services such as FWA (Fixed Wireless Access) will appear on the market in a short time.
These new business opportunities require devices like the Teldat M8Smart-5G, a current edge-router designed for corporate cloud services that now supports wireless broadband services with a 5G interface.
5G networks are not easy or economical to deploy, the new M8Smart-5G is the best corporate device for telecom operators, allowing scheduled migration from LTE to 5G with both NSA and SA modes, DSS support and carrier aggregation.
The M8Smart family edge is the complete solution for all data services through a single platform, including dual WAN Combo ports, 5G and a dual-band access point for corporate connectivity or guest services.
The new 5G network is the ideal infrastructure for fixed connections and backup, especially for broadband services - eMBB or mission-critical control scenarios - URLLC.
Unfortunately, corporate routers are not usually equipped to handle 5G connections or are installed in poorly accessible locations, making coverage poor. This problem is manifested even more so in 5G networks because high frequencies have problems entering buildings properly. Teldat-5Ge is the optimal solution to this problem because it connects the corporate router to mobile networks easily, economically and non-intrusively.
Teldat-5Ge integrates mobile connectivity—it supports power-over-ethernet (PoE) and can be installed wherever there is adequate network coverage, using the LAN infrastructure to connect to the corporate router.
Teldat-5Ge has two operational modes, as a 5G-enabler, working together with the office branch router, or as a router itself, integrating all communications in only one device.
The new 5G network is an important opportunity for mobile operators to compete against wired broadband providers with a cost-effective solution: fixed wireless access - FWA.
Thousands of customers without current WAN access or who have obsolete/poor connectivity will enjoy now a new experience. Mobile operators can deliver high-value services to homes, Small Offices/Home Offices (SoHo), and small-medium companies (SME’s) offering the customer/end-users gigabit speeds similar to fiber in a simple and fast way.
This will enable end-users with 5G FWA to enjoy media-rich applications, cloud gaming, or critical data tools.
For many end-users, 5G technology is synonymous with Extended Reality (XR): Augmented Reality (AR), Virtual Reality (VR), and Mixed Reality (MR).
Now, objects and people will not only be in front of us, they will move and interact around us, increasing our emotional experience. With 5G networks, this will be the first time that a mobile network holds the potential to remove the previous capacity limitations to enjoy XR as an end-user. However, 5G and XR will also be applied in manufacturing and other corporate scenarios.
New numerous business opportunities will develop, resulting in increased company revenue for those who know how to adapt to this new market reality.
5G networks allow massive IoT and URLLC services, so many devices can be connected to a global network and be controlled remotely.
In many situations, humans cannot be present in dangerous or inaccessible scenarios (e.g., deactivating explosives). In these cases, drones or remote-controlled robots with 5G connectivity would be the solution. Industrial machines for remote automation, processing, and line failures, operated from remote sites, will increase efficiency and security. Massive IoT deployment in agriculture and smart energy would be other types of remote control scenarios.
Overall, 5G technology will allow companies to innovate applications using machine remote control.
Technology should allow us to make better use of our roads. 5G allows full connectivity in a vehicle.
We can currently obtain a location, driver behavior, or engine diagnosis, but with 5G a car can start talking to its surrounding environment with vehicle-to-everything (V2X) communication. Vehicles-to-infrastructure (V2I) will permit vehicles to share information with road infrastructure (traffic lights, parking meter, speed controls, etc.), while vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) technology will allow connectivity with other road users; cyclists, pedestrians, other vehicles.
Hence 5G should make roads safer, faster, more energy-efficient, and is the basis of fully autonomous driving.
With the rise of Machine Learning (ML) and Artificial Intelligence (AI), many robotic systems can function in a nearly autonomous state.
Using 5G and an edge cloud router, cables are not needed and robots for Smart Manufacturing can be controlled and re-programmed to assist from anywhere. Control and also some data processing can be outside the factory. Hence, this should make Smart Manufacturing less complex and cheaper. 5G robotic systems can exchange huge volumes of data, improving ML and making quick and critical decisions.
This will bring robots into next-generation manufacturing environments to do far more than they can today.
5G opens new horizons for eHealth in all aspects, not only for patients but also for all healthcare infrastructures.
This technology allows patients to connect virtually with doctors and other healthcare service providers (communicating via real-time video or live chat) and to have real-time remote monitoring of their vital signs. With 5G, antiquated healthcare systems will turn into smart hospitals that can deliver remote healthcare services to patients around the world.
As a result, critical healthcare services, like the care of covid-19 patients, can be delivered more efficiently, meaning the difference between life and death for many.
Fixed Wireless Access (FWA) has huge opportunities and challenges for the Telecom Industry with the deployment of the 5G system, but why is it so important? FWA has a compelling business case, where both MNOs and CPE manufacturers can monetize their ROI and contribute to grow their consumer and enterprise businesses. Indeed many geographical areas have already commenced FWA roll out.
5G cellular networks have become far more popular thanks to the new use cases they can provide to public services and industrial segments. The current technological context is key for the implementation of 5G architecture, based on SDN / SD-WAN – Software Defined Network, NFV – Network Function Virtualization or MEC – Multi-Access Edge Computing technologies.
It is estimated that with 5G technology, by 2025 there will be some 8 million autonomous vehicles circulating on the world’s roads, 31 billion connected objects and over 88 Smart Cities. And 5G is one of the technological pillars on which these predictions are based. So 5G’s most disruptive change may come from being able to connect thousands of devices, and not from faster speeds.