Friday, 23 February 2018

5G - The Road to a Super-Connected World

A Knowledge Network Article: By Ken Hu, Deputy Chairman and Acting CEO, Huawei Technologies
Friday 20 March 15

Some people ask whether it's too early to discuss 5G. In many countries, 4G deployment has just begun, with just 8% of global mobile connections relying on 4G, and more than 60% still using 2G.  Even so, the time to start discussing 5G is now. As we move toward the Internet of Things (IoT) and the Industrial Internet, new technologies are reshaping industries and society. This transformation, while exciting, poses huge challenges for mobile communications technologies. A few examples: Connections required by IoT: As impressive as 4G is, it can only support connections numbering in the tens of billions. In the era of IoT, the number of connections will reach more than 100 billion. Everything we see will be connected: our toothbrushes, sneakers, glasses, and watches, as well as the forklifts and robotic arms used in factories. The connection capabilities of 4G are not enough to meet this future demand…

Some people ask whether it's too early to discuss 5G. In many countries, 4G deployment has just begun, with just 8% of global mobile connections relying on 4G, and more than 60% still using 2G.  Even so, the time to start discussing 5G is now. As we move toward the Internet of Things (IoT) and the Industrial Internet, new technologies are reshaping industries and society. This transformation, while exciting, poses huge challenges for mobile communications technologies. A few examples: Connections required by IoT: As impressive as 4G is, it can only support connections numbering in the tens of billions. In the era of IoT, the number of connections will reach more than 100 billion. Everything we see will be connected: our toothbrushes, sneakers, glasses, and watches, as well as the forklifts and robotic arms used in factories. The connection capabilities of 4G are not enough to meet this future demand…

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