5G: What Can We Expect From It?

Every time a new G sees the light, we tend to think only about bandwidth increase, but even when 5G brings an enormous bandwidth improvement (10x to 100x compared to 4G/LTE), that’s only a small part of the whole picture. Other technical enhancements like ultra-low latency (1 millisecond), a higher density of connected devices, and better coverage unleashes an entirely new universe of use cases and enables a real boom for IoT.

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5G use cases can be grouped into three main categories:

 Enhanced Mobile Broadband (eMBB) 

  • As data volumes increase dramatically, and the number of devices grows exponentially, high density and high traffic capacity must be handled in hotspot scenarios without the quality of service. This is what eMBB was meant for.

Massive Machine Type Communications (mMTC)

  • Intimately related to IoT represents the ability to connect billions of devices autonomously. It will lead to new applied technology for industries. 

Ultra-Reliable and Low Latency Communications (URLLC)

  • Communications will be ultra-fast, no only in terms of bandwidth but also (and much more important) in terms of latency. Reliability and minimum response times are the keys for flawless critical applications like self-driving cars.

What’s in the industry horizon?

We have finished 2019 with around a hundred of 5G deployments all around the world, and it will continue to evolve steadily, expecting 50% of the world covered with 5G by 2025.

5G use cases will have different applications and impact in various industries. According to Ericsson’s 5G for business: a 2030 market compass report the list of use cases with higher impact per industry area can be identified as:

  1. Enhanced Video
  2. To be applied in both Healthcare (for example, for remote surgery) and, of course, in the Media and Entertainment industry to deliver higher quality content.
  3. Real-Time Automation

It will have a presence mainly in the energy industry and manufacturing process for automated processes control.

Connected Vehicle

Maybe the most known application of 5G capacities for the automotive industry that will put self-driving cars on the roads in the following years.

Monitoring & Tracking

This use case will be applied more significantly in the manufacturing industry; that is the area that will get the most out of 5G.

Hazard & Mnt. Sensing

Patients will start to use micro/nanodevices to monitor several health indicators, and AI will be introduced to take better care of recovery and treatment processes.

Autonomous Robotics

Finally, robots have been several industries’ main characters for the last two decades and have constantly been improving. 5G will take robotics to a whole new level

5G networking is expected to produce lots of changes in the era of mobile communications, introducing new players to the ecosystem, including those from industries that will take advantage of this revolution.

These changes will also demand quick and effective responses from current solution providers for CSP to deliver robust, cloud-ready, highly-performance, and cost-effective software solutions to help CSP to be prepared to fulfill new use case needs. 

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