As we outlined last month in our guide to the challenges facing 5G and IoT, the connected devices of the future offer real potential to make existing businesses, services and utilities more efficient and more effective — better tailoring the service they provide. In the wireless industry, the reality is that there is limited appetite to pursue the new generation of wireless technology (5G) for the industry’s own sake. Despite rapid takeup of LTE (4G) cellular technology, shrinking profit margins are affecting infrastructure spending, leaving finances that may not look attractive to investors and cause difficulties for a further round of investment so soon after completing the last round of upgrades.
The real business case for 5G, therefore, needs to come from the vertical industries that will benefit from the technology. However further quantitive evidence from the verticals themselves is required before anything like a solid business case can be established, and it falls to the wireless industry to lead the way in kick starting this process. Real Wireless CTO Simon Fletcher will be chairing some of the sessions at Cambridge Wireless’s Future of Wireless International Conference where these issues will be discussed.
IoT in unlicensed – time to choose?
While mobile operators are celebrating the impending arrival of 3GPP sanctioned cellular IoT (which will mainly be run over GSM networks), there remains significant interest in alternative solutions in the unlicensed space, especially among service providers without access to licensed spectrum. However, this is also a world of fragmented, often proprietary solutions in which technology choices are by no means obvious. In the world of unlicensed wireless IoT, some advocates use the UltraNarrowBand (UNB) technologies, while others employ various flavours of spread spectrum modulation.
By analysing theoretical and practical deployment considerations, Real Wireless recently carried out a study to examine the levels of interference between networks based on the two main physical layer architectures. We were able to demonstrate the increased capacity and improved co-existence properties of UNB technology compared to LPWA based on direct sequence spread spectrum techniques.
The results that we are reporting are intriguing and potentially far reaching. To find out more, you can download a FREE COPY OF THE REPORT from our website.
Real Wireless plays crucial role on spectrum requirements for 5G in EU Commission 5G report
At a recent workshop in Brussels, the final results of our eagerly-awaited study on the socioeconomic impact of 5G in Europe, were presented to the European Commission and interested stakeholders. The in-depth report focuses on the impact 5G will have on vertical industry sectors— and quantifying the economic value of this. The study gathered inputs from industry stakeholder workshops and existing 5G projects to determine which verticals and environments to examine in the study.
The study gathered inputs from industry stakeholder workshops and existing 5G projects to determine which verticals and environments to examine in the study. It was decided to focus on four specific verticals which included healthcare, transport, automotive and utilities and four environments including smart cities, non-urban areas, smart homes, and workplaces. The EU commission plans to publish the full report next month.