While still a work in progress, 5G wireless technology is about the make a big move later in 2020.
This is the time frame for some 5G networks to deploy standalone (SA) architecture. This is significant because in its first year of rollout, carriers have had to rely on a watered down version of 5G during buildout of the specialized 5G infrastructure.
With the 5G SA version, the operator transitions to both 5G New Radio (NR) and 5G as the core network. In other words, the 5G SA transition version, which does not rely on LTE, allows an operator to address features beyond enhanced mobile broadband.
These features include network slicing, which allows the creation of multiple virtual networks atop a shared physical infrastructure. Using network slicing, service providers can customize services for customers drawing from a pool of virtual and physical resources. 5G systems are expected to be made for logical network slicing, enabling operators to offer networks on an as-a-service basis and meet the needs of various use cases.
Another feature made possible by the 5G SA version is enhanced Mobile Broadband (eMBB). Higher capacity, faster throughput and higher user mobility that is geared toward handsets and replacement of landlines are the hallmarks of eMBB.
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Ultra-reliable low latency communications (URLLC) is also a part of the 5G SA upgrade. URLLC is one of the enabling technologies in the fourth industrial revolution. In this new industrial vision, industry control is automated by deploying networks in factories.
URLLC can also empower several technological transformations in the transportation industry, including automated driving, road safety and traffic efficiency services. These transformations will get cars fully connected such that they can react to increasingly complex road situations by cooperating with others rather than relying on their local information.
Yet another feature, massive Machine Type Communication (mMTC), will provide connectivity to many devices which transmit sporadically a low amount of traffic over billions of devices without overloading the network. 5G standards dictate that mMTC provide the following:
- Mobile battery life of 10 years
- Coverage penetration of 164 dB with throughput of 160 bits per second
- Coverage density to support of up to a million devices in a square kilometer
- Round-trip latencies of less than 10 seconds with payload of 20 bytes
- Massive scale, ultra-low cost hardware
Now is the perfect time for companies, industries and agencies to get aboard 5G and learn how this game changing technology can help your organization flourish.
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