What 5G will mean for carriers
Large carriers have been racing to make announcements about their progress in relation to the imminent arrival of 5G. Standards are beginning to emerge and mobile network operators are capitalising on the opportunity to own the 5G space and get ahead of the competition. This means carriers must adopt processes that can facilitate swift scalability whilst continuing to provide a high level of service for customers.
Carriers are preparing to align their processes with the coming technology in relation to projects and existing assets. This applies to both the projects carriers manage directly and those of their service providers. The ecosystem a carrier works to create and manage should feature consistent processes and standards, managed on a single platform to ensure 5G coverage is available quickly and reliably for customers.
5G technology is set to deliver:
10x connection density
10x decreased latency
3x spectrum efficiency
100x network efficiency
100x traffic capacity
The potential of the 5G mobile network will enable will include brand new Internet of Things (IoT) experiences, a massively connected world, smart cities, longer battery life, increased speeds and hyper-responsive networks, but it will require a nationwide network.
There are staggering improvements waiting to be tapped into, and the race to 5G is becoming heated. The evolution of mobile technology has taken us from basic voice communications to almost unlimited connectivity at speeds that were once thought to be science fiction. As it stands, there are 2 steps for carriers to consider:
Reaching 5G non-standalone coverage
Accomplishing 5G standalone coverage
So what’s required?
Standalone 5G will require an entirely new deployment of telecom infrastructure, including chips, hardware, modems and antennae. Wireless carriers and service providers must deploy small cells swiftly and strategically as they make the real strides towards standalone networks. Any carrier with an existing 5G spectrum will have an advantage, but there is a wide range of deployments necessary. It remains to be seen which telecom infrastructures will be right for carriers; it will depend upon the spectrum available when 5G arrives.
In any case, the onset of 5G will be both a challenging and exciting time for telecom providers. The competition is sure to yield some superb end user innovations, and the potential of the technology is absolutely unprecedented.
How will our infrastructure be provided by? Huawei look to be in the driving seat however recent actions from the USA may put a halt to that!