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Ushering In A Better Connected Future

Paolo Collela
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5G, Internet Of Things (IOT) are the current hot topics of the industry. In fact, as per a survey carried out by Ericsson, 92 per cent of executives from 100 telecom operators, globally, agree that 5G paves the way for the emergence of new technologies.

Moreover, the Ericsson Mobility Report predicts that there will be 550 million 5G subscriptions in 2022 and Asia Pacific will be the second fastest growing region for 5G subscriptions, with 10 per cent of all subscriptions being 5G in 2022. If we look at IoT, around 29 billion connected devices are forecast by 2022, of which around 18 billion will be related to IoT.

Moreover, the Ericsson Mobility Report predicts that there will be 550 million 5G subscriptions in 2022 and Asia Pacific will be the second fastest growing region for 5G subscriptions, with 10 per cent of all subscriptions being 5G in 2022. If we look at IoT, around 29 billion connected devices are forecast by 2022, of which around 18 billion will be related to IoT.

Potential to Transform Lives

5G will enable organisations to move into new markets and build new revenue streams with radically new business models and use cases. The new capabilities of 5G span several dimensions, including tremendous flexibility, lower energy requirements, greater capacity, bandwidth, security, reliability and data rates, as well as lower latency and device costs. It will be fast enough to download a full-length HD movie in seconds.

In terms of latency, a self-driving car with 4G would take about 4.6 feet to apply its brakes, but it would be just an inch for a car with 5G, helping avoid collisions and accidents. Greater capacity will allow more devices on the network and lower energy requirements will enable battery life — 10 times of what we see today — and both of these elements are critical for the growth of IoT. Additionally, with speeds that are faster than fiber, 5G will be used for fixed wireless broadband for the last mile connection.

A 5G and IoT World

IoT — where everyday objects are connected to the Internet ­— will play an important role in transforming every industry. For example, the wine industry is one of many sectors investigating the potential of the IoT.

Companies like ours are working on trials to demonstrate how sensor data from a vineyard environment can be collected and processed in order to better inform wine producers about their grapes. This helps in predicting the optimum time for harvest and can significantly improve quality and minimise risks for the grapes.

The data collected from the vineyards allows winemakers to assess vineyard conditions in order to define the optimal time and location for fertilisation, irrigation and use of fungicides. They’d have real-time access to their vineyard data anytime and anywhere through an app using the mobile network.

Also, the ability to predict how and when to use resources enables the producers to minimise impact on the environment. Imagine the potential that IoT and 5G hold to benefit India, which is the fifth largest exporter of agricultural products after the US, Brazil, China and Canada.
5G will enable us to control more devices remotely in applications where real-time network performance is critical, such as remote control of heavy machinery in hazardous environments and even remote surgery. Innovative wearables will track and transmit vital statistics to doctors and alert them of changes immediately. Pivoted on 5G and IoT, newer devices and innovations will flood the market.

A patient’s data will be transmitted to a doctor on the other side of the globe, who will be able to help and advice in administering a treatment as per the patient’s requirement. Now imagine, the impact of benefits for a country like India where almost 70 per cent of the population lives in rural India and on an average has just 1 doctor for every 1,681 persons.

While 5G will be commercially viable by 2020, it is about time that we should start getting ready for it.

 

Paolo Colella, is the former head of India Region, Ericsson

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