Published on January 15th, 2021
5G is a hot topic of the season. The next-generation wireless technology is at the heart of this technological innovation and the advanced capabilities it pours into network operations and delivery of services.
The COVID-19 pandemic brought in new demands for extra high bandwidth with faster speed as ever due to switching of many people to work-from-home, learn-from-home, and party-from-home model.
In order to meet these requirements, telecom operators are giving immense efforts on developing next-generation unparalleled network 5G and rigorously commercializing it to a huge population. With the continuous expansion of 5G technology, it will lead to a generation of exciting new trends as we discuss it later in the article.
Major 5G Trends To Keep An Eye In 2021
Here are a few 5G trends that could really be an attention catcher this year creating excitement among operators. Taking this opportunity, they can bring new-age technological innovations and enhance the way of doing business as well as living for the entire ecosystem.
O-RAN Key To 5G Deployment
O-RAN is being embraced by most telecom operators nowadays. Open Radio Access Network, abbreviated as O-RAN is aimed at simplifying 5G RAN deployment and management.
Telecom operators and vendors are joining hands to advance deployments of 5G network as they implement O-RAN architectures in the development of 5G wireless networks and enable scalability required to meet increasing data demands.
Its unique benefits lie in the factor that it empowers network intelligence via open and standardized interfaces in a network comprising of multiple vendors.
This will ultimately expand new 5G opportunities for operators and can expedite monetization as per business needs delivering best of 5G services to their users with better management of CapEX and OpEX.
MmWave Gains Traction
Mmwave is a critical component paving the way for development of 5G networks with an envision to deliver high bandwidth and better performance benchmarked with its previous networking technologies.
Operators are taking this opportunity to deliver the best network services as expected to achieve with deployment of high-capacity mmwave spectrum on 5G wireless networks.
Initially proposed to be applied only in hotspots or dense urban areas, it is now preferred by operators placing focus on mmwave’s nationwide deployments to get the best 5G coverage as expected by end-users.
It will involve 5G tests to be carried out by engineers and check its performance based on network parameters that would result in enhanced and seamless network experience for users.
5G mmwave frequencies will need more advanced test solutions comprising chipsets, network infrastructures, mobile devices and network security as it demands for more sophisticated RF measurements for directivity, signal gain and efficiency of antennas.
Mass Usage Of IoT Leads To Internet Of Behaviour (IoB)
Customer insights are extremely important for companies to study their behavior.
In this digital era, with customer behaviour changing every now and then, technologies like Artificial Intelligence (AI)/ Machine Learning (ML), location tracking, big data are used to get customer related information.
Accumulating these data and analysing it, enterprises are crafting personalized products and services and offering them via different channels such as social media platforms to increase their customer base, boost customer experience (CX) and has been quite popular among businesses for some time now.
This is what is called as Internet of Behavior (IoB) and will rapidly grow as the mass usage of Internet of Things (IoT) is continuously increasing with the extension of 5G networks.
More Use Of AR-VR Applications
5G networks are continuously deployed across a larger geographical area. This widespread deployment has accelerated the adoption of Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) technologies in many industries ushering a new wave of digital transformation in the ecosystem.
Integration of 5G technology is leading to give users better immersive experiences due to its low end-to-end latency times which is less than 20 milliseconds (ms) and are constantly assessed with the application of 5G measuring equipment whether they are functioning as expected or not.
Implementation of 5G networks will expand AR/VR applications in outdoor environments even when they are far away from Wi-Fi signals. Further, 5G has the capacity to amplify transferring of data to cloud servers, data processing and the creation of virtual images that will certainly deliver an an upgraded virtual experience to customers.
We surely dealt unforeseen circumstances with the inception of novel coronavirus in the previous year causing a delay in 5G deployment across the globe due to nationwide lockdown and challenges in supply chain. However, shift in work environment and life needs has heightened the demand for high bandwidth and advanced low latency to communicate faster in this time of crisis.
Thus, has paved the way for deploying 5G technology at a lightning speed in 2021 resulting in new exciting trends to follow in days to come and making 5G tests a pre-requisite to deliver better Quality of Experience (QoE) to users.