In the Autumn Statement, the Chancellor Philip Hammond pledged £1 billion of investment in the development of ultrafast 5G networks, which is due to be rolled out in 2020. Scott Willis, CEO at Zinwave – a global provider of wideband distributed network solutions for in…
In the Autumn Statement, the Chancellor Philip Hammond pledged £1 billion of investment in the development of ultrafast 5G networks, which is due to be rolled out in 2020. Scott Willis, CEO at Zinwave – a global provider of wideband distributed network solutions for in-building wireless and IP coverage – welcomes this investment in 5G, but has concerns about the coverage and capacity required for the next generation network.
“The Chancellor Philip Hammond’s Autumn Statement, which today revealed more than £1 billion of investment for 5G, is certainly a step forward for the rollout of the next generation service," said Willis. "However, there are concerns about the success of 5G mobile networks, not least because of the limitations of small cells, which are an essential requirement to delivering 5G services. Indeed, small cells struggle with single frequency, limited capacity, low power, poor frequency management and traffic engineering, making them a poor solution for in-building coverage – and in-building coverage will be critical for the quality of service in 5G networks.
“To ensure its success, the UK Government must ensure it’s investing its £1 billion worth of funding for 5G in the right technologies. In order to overcome the limitations of essential small cells, while providing strong and consistent mobile services inside a building, operators must combine small cells with small cell architecture, such as wideband distributed antenna systems (DAS). While deploying 5G mobile networks will require operators to think about their infrastructure in a new way, if they want to benefit from lower costs, easier deployment and better quality of service for their users, then a mix of small cells and DAS will be key,” concluded Willis.
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