5G Technology Shift Enables Ultra-Reliable Low-Latency Communications

Nokia and NTT DOCOMO are collaborating on 5G trials in Japan, utilizing Nokia's 5G FIRST solution and Intel's 5G Mobile Trial Platform. Multiple device manufacturers, including Motorola, TCL, and Samsung, are also releasing new 5G-enabled devices.

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Nitish Verma
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5G Technology Shift Enables Ultra-Reliable Low-Latency Communications

5G Technology Shift Enables Ultra-Reliable Low-Latency Communications

The shift to 5G communications technology is enabling a new era of ultra-reliable low-latency communications (URLLC), with a focus on delivering low latency and high reliability. This marks a significant departure from the emphasis on transmission rate that defined the 4G era.

Why this matters: The widespread adoption of 5G technology has the potential to transform various industries, such as healthcare, finance, and transportation, by enabling faster and more reliable data transmission. As 5G becomes more pervasive, it may also raise new concerns about data privacy and security, highlighting the need for robust regulations and safeguards.

Major telecom companies and equipment manufacturers are at the forefront of driving 5G innovation and adoption. Nokia is collaborating with Japanese operator NTT DOCOMO to develop the 5G ecosystem in Japan, preparing for the rollout of the first, key next-generation wireless network. The trials will utilize Nokia's 5G FIRST solution, incorporating the Nokia AirScale base station and the Intel 5G Mobile Trial Platform.

Seizo Onoe, Executive Vice President, Chief Technology Officer, and Member of the Board of Directors of NTT DOCOMO, emphasized the importance of these trials, stating, "This is a vital first step to allow us to ensure that we have the 5G network infrastructure available for when we commercially introduce the technology with an ecosystem of device vendors to offer our subscribers the best possible choice and highest quality."

The trials will focus on busy tourist, shopping, and business locations, as well as key public events hosted by NTT DOCOMO in the Tokyo metropolitan area throughout 2017. The tests will involve end-to-end applications over the air between the base station and the device on the 4.5GHz frequency band.

Asha Keddy, Vice President and General Manager of Next Generation and Standards in the Communication and Devices Group at Intel, highlighted the significance of such collaborations, noting, "Intel believes key collaborations such as this one, driving ecosystem partner trials and early deployments, are critical to building successful 5G technologies and accelerating the vast benefits they will bring to users."

The 5G technology shift is not only enabling new capabilities in network infrastructure but also driving the development of 5G-enabled devices. Motorola has unveiled the 2024 edition of its moto g stylus 5G, featuring wireless charging, enhanced camera capabilities, and faster wired charging. TCL's new 50 series of phones, including the affordable TCL 50 XL 5G, is also making its way to the US market. Samsung is expanding its mid-range 5G phone lineup with the introduction of the Galaxy A35 5G, while Asus has revealed its latest global flagship, the Zenfone 11 Ultra, with top-end specs and audio features.

As the 5G landscape continues to evolve, carriers are also making strategic moves. US Cellular is reportedly in talks to sell its assets to T-Mobile and Verizon in two separate deals, while T-Mobile has completed its acquisition of Ka'ena Corporation, including the Mint Mobile brand. However, the industry is not without its challenges, as the FCC has announced fines totaling nearly $200 million against T-Mobile, Sprint, AT&T, and Verizon for illegally selling real-time customer location data to third parties without news consent.

The shift to 5G communications technology, with its focus on ultra-reliable low-latency communications, is set to revolutionize various industries and applications. As Jae Won, Head of Nokia Japan, stated, "This trial is an important milestone for the development of 5G in Japan, which will be one of the first countries in the world to adopt the technology." With ongoing collaborations, trials, and device developments, the 5G era promises to deliver unprecedented capabilities and user experiences.

Key Takeaways

  • 5G focuses on low latency and high reliability, departing from 4G's emphasis on transmission rate.
  • Widespread 5G adoption could transform industries like healthcare, finance, and transportation.
  • Nokia and NTT DOCOMO are collaborating on 5G trials in Japan, utilizing Nokia's 5G FIRST solution.
  • New 5G-enabled devices are being released, including Motorola, TCL, Samsung, and Asus models.
  • Carriers are making strategic moves, including US Cellular's asset sales and T-Mobile's acquisition of Mint Mobile.