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5G in a Nutshell
5G - The new generation of mobile communication
The new mobile radio standard 5G is developing rapidly. 5G is the next generation of mobile communication that, unlike its predecessors, covers a broad spectrum of applications. These vary from ultra-fast download speeds to applications in autonomous driving to billions of connected devices in so-called smart cities. A 5G network is designed to meet a wide range of requirements. By 2020, 50 billion intelligent devices will be in use. In this context, 5G will also contribute to the massive growth of the Internet of Things and enable devices to communicate seamlessly with each other through the convergence of mobile communications and computers.
We would like to give an overall impression as well as detailed insights into all relevant aspects of 5G, as it is challenging from several angles: from regulation to standards to strategic aspects. Our in-depth technical knowledge of the 5G architecture enables us to derive strategies for operators and industries.
New technologies enable new business models
5G includes new concepts such as managed latency/edge, network slicing, massive machine-to-machine communication and precise positioning. All these concepts make it possible for new players to enter the market.
- Low latency and Edge Computing, for instance, could enable use cases in the context of autonomous driving by reducing the round trip time between a vehicle and a mobile base station.
- Network slicing is a network capability that leverages virtualization, which allows multiple logical networks on top of a physical infrastructure for greater flexibility.
- Massive machine-to-machine communication enables campus networks. In these networks, thousands of devices communicate with each other and exchange critical and non-critical information.
- Precise positioning enables the location of the devices to be tracked with below one meter accuracy, making advanced location-based services possible (e.g. pinpointing the exact location of autonomous vehicles).
With more and more connected devices, the amount of data generation also increases exponentially. Higher download speeds combined with lower latency enable virtual reality, augmented reality and next generation games. These concepts and applications go far beyond improving mobile broadband by enabling completely new services and business models.
Use Cases for 5G
Detecon has developed a trend radar that illustrates the extent to which industries and the success of applications depend on latency. For all developments, accurate predictability and reliability of the network infrastructure is essential.
These examples illustrate the impact of low, medium, and managed latency on different use cases. Robotics and remote operations require extremely low latency, while managed latency is sufficient for content delivery. The possible future scenarios are manifold: whether a football match with virtual reality glasses becomes a perfect experience, autonomous drones and robots take over the postal delivery in the future or human lives are saved faster in emergencies. 5G enables a wide variety of applications. The Detecon Innovation Radar provides an insight into current trends in the telco sector: https://detecon-radar.com/main/
What makes us different in the market?
As a part of Digital Solutions, Detecon and manages various 5G projects worldwide. Both, companies and operators within the industry benefit from our know-how. We design and implement new applications - always with a view to a networked world in the future! The focus is on the question of how companies can use 5G to expand their status in their markets and position themselves strongly in relation to new players. Based on this, Detecon has developed use cases for various industries and markets that give companies a strategic advantage and sensitize them to the opportunities and challenges.
Expert-Statements on 5G
The new 5G mobile communications standard is developing at a rapid pace – thus posing strategic challenges for both operators and industries.
With our video series 'Detecon 5G expert statements', we create clarity about the opportunities of 5G.
Using seven clear statements, our experts shed light on current developments in the 5G sector and at the same time, formulate instructions for the players in the market - concise and understandable. Discover further insights into the statements by clicking on the tiles.
We believe that the deployment of eMBB is a must, but without promising business models through eMBB functionalities. However, in the medium term it will be necessary to keep up with the forecasted growth in demand of downstream data traffic for mobile users.
We believe to express that three promising 5G functionalities will have a major impact on the business models of MNOs. In addition to that Campus Networks enable MNOs to test 5G functionality, investigate commercial use cases, and understand industry specific demands.
Currently, more importance should be placed on Managed Latency than on Low(est) Latency and it should be positioned as a premium service like B2B, enabling QoS-based applications for verticals.
We as Detecon assume that it will be 3-5 years before full virtualization in MNO (Mobile Network Operator) networks is achieved. Nevertheless, MNOs must act now, as virtualization is fundamental to all aspects of e2e 5G networks.
Network Slicing as a specific form of virtualization will offer some mobile operators a medium-term way to become a smart pipe.
The newly introduced Charging Function by the 3GPP provides a service-based interface based on HTTP/2, which will release innovations in the charging domain