Networks as a platform for innovation
With the evolution of 5G and beyond, we are moving technological boundaries forward to create the biggest innovation platform ever. New consumer and enterprise services, along with new use cases for the digitalization of industries, create business opportunities across all sectors. It is clear that 5G is more than a network — it is a platform for innovation, capable of exponential positive impact on our society.
Main focus areas
Future smart manufacturing
Combined with IoT, cloud, big data, AI, and edge computing, 5G will be a critical enabler of the fourth industrial revolution, just as steam, electricity, and silicon were for the three industrial revolutions before it.
The manufacturing paradigm shift from mass production to mass customization requires a more responsive manufacturing system, where replacing wires with 5G wireless connectivity can deliver the full flexibility and production efficiency needed. Based on a global standard with global economy of scale, 5G can connect a variety of industrial devices with different service needs, including industrial sensors, video cameras, and advanced control panels with integrated augmented reality. In the world of manufacturing, 5G is the deterministic, ultra-reliable, low-latency communication needed to bring wireless connectivity to even the most demanding industrial equipment, such as industrial controllers and actuators.
Connected automotive and transport
Vehicle manufacturers increasingly deliver services in addition to selling vehicles and therefore invest heavily in automation, architecture simplification, and new drivetrain technologies, such as electrification.
At the same time, traffic and road authorities look for new solutions to reduce carbon emissions, traffic congestion, and casualties. Meeting these diverse needs will require software-defined, network-aware vehicles combined with advanced network connectivity. Today’s 4G networks can already offer sufficient connectivity for many road transportation services, but with higher data rates, lower latency, and improved capacity, 5G and beyond systems are the ideal choice to maximize the safety, efficiency, and sustainability of road transportation.
Think of playing a high-fidelity VR game with other remote players without any lag, making you feel as if you are inside the game, on a neat lightweight device, wherever you go.
Or think of remotely controlling a machine on a factory floor, with 360 video and an AR overlay of hidden details. Next, think of a full internet of senses, where interactions are not limited to sight and sound, but include touch and even smell and taste. As consumers and industries step further into this sensory digital world, they will expect hyper-fast connectivity, imperceptible edge computing-based lag and advanced automation.