Internet standards and speed has improved over the years, large files can now be downloaded in a shorter period of time, but guess what? it’s about to get even better. Today the fastest internet standard is 4G, and the fastest among 4G technology is LTE. The 4G is capable of delivering download speeds of up to 50mbps. But then, technology evolves at a fast pace, having that in mind, quite a number of telecommunication companies all over the world are testing the next generation of internet technology.
Bharti Airtel, which is India’s top telecom company, together with state-run Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL), signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Nokia to convert existing network infrastructure to support 5G. While speaking to to the Economic Times, Nokia’s head of India market Sanjay Malik said;
Thoughts behind these MoUs would be to introduce 5G here, and what are the steps required for the same, besides identifying applications to define the target segment, which will lead to a complete 5G strategy for telcos, it is more of a preparatory phase for getting into 5G.
5G internet can go 30 to 50 times faster than 4G technology, with 5G, downloading videos online could take a matter of seconds with to be completed. Additionally, it will boost the performance of self-driving software’s in autonomous cars and also impact positively in the medical sector since it’ll improve remote tele-surgery as well.
Access to 5G technology might take about 3 to 4 years, given the necessary infrastructure preparations, as well as overall viability. For now, field, content, and application trials are scheduled to begin in 2018 to make this standard a reality.
Nokia Corporation is a Finnish Multinational ICT company, founded in 1865. In 2014, Nokia employed 61,656 people across 120 countries, did business in more than 150 countries and reported annual revenues of around €12.73 billion.
Its mobile phone business was eventually bought by Microsoft in an overall deal totaling $7.17 billion. Stephen Elop, Nokia’s former CEO, and several other executives joined the new Microsoft mobile subsidiary of Microsoft as part of the deal, which was completed on 25 April 2014. After the sale of its mobile phone business, Nokia began to focus more extensively on its telecommunications infrastructure business, its foray in virtual reality, and the acquisitions of French telecommunications company Alcatel-Lucent in 2016, whilst the Nokia name will return to the mobile phone market through HMD Global.
5th generation mobile networks or abbreviated 5G, are the proposed next telecommunications standards beyond the current 4G/IMT-Advanced standards. 5G planning aims at higher capacity than current 4G, allowing a higher density of mobile broadband users, and supporting device-to-device, ultra reliable, and massive machine communications.
The Next Generation Mobile Networks Alliance says that 5G should be rolled out by 2020 to meet business and consumer demands. In addition to providing simply faster speeds, they predict that 5G networks also will need to meet new use cases, such as the Internet of Things (internet connected devices), as well as broadcast-like services and lifeline communication in times of natural disaster. Carriers, chipmakers, OEMS and OSATs, such as Advanced Semiconductor Engineering (ASE) and Amkor Technology, Inc., have been preparing for this next-generation (5G) wireless standard, as mobile systems and base stations will require new and faster application processors, basebands and RF devices.