Earlier on this month, iWireless Solutions participated in the exciting 5G World Summit, where our CEO Ravi Mondair partook in both a presentation and an interview, discussing his thoughts on 5G, URLLC and smart cities. The event brought together 2,500+ telecom experts, 80+ exhibitors, and 600+ operators, all with the joint aim of identifying the latest developments in 5G and what the future holds. The key points discussed by Ravi have been condensed in the following article and the video interview, recently published by 5G World, can be found beneath.
How we are building the infrastructure needed for URLLC in smart cities
5G can be broken down into 3 key cornerstones: massive machine type communication (mMTC); enhanced mobile broadband (eMBB); and ultra reliable low latency communication (URLLC). Each of these cornerstones are related to key characteristics, the main ones being: increased capacity, with up to 1,000,000 connected devices per km2; increased speed, where extreme peak data rates will be greater than 4ms latency; and decreased delay, so that communication is instant between devices. With these improved features there have been a multitude of proposed use-cases, including remote surgery, connected cars and augmented reality.
Although the potential outcomes of 5G are very exciting, the reality is we need to overcome several challenges before we can fully enjoy them. For example, it is expected that we will need 10x the current infrastructure to facilitate the deployment of 5G. Further challenges are also arising in relation to the integration of inbuilding and outbuilding systems, as well as environmental issues that prohibit the penetration of mm waves through obstacles and buildings.
This article will argue that despite these uncertainties, an architecture does exist that can support the above demands of 5G. We have already started designing a unique infrastructure that will cater for these expected characteristics, as well as withstanding the next 5-10 years of technological development. We are working very closely with our partners and city councils to develop a future-proof network which will deliver such superior services in the first steps to creating a smarter city.
How will we achieve this? The key considerations for our URLLC scalable 5G ready infrastructure are: full fibre, secure power, redundancy, flexibility for vendor hardware, 4×4 / 8×8 MIMO, no points of failure and edge computing. This may see conventional technologies such as small cells replaced with new ones such as C-RAN and multi-operator. These components will then need to be placed lower to the floor for easier maintenance. We have also started developing our own products that will assist with the deployment of 5G: SmartLid and iTile.
Although 5G is still a work in progress, we believe that our approach is resilient, reliable and innovative; and will provide councils with the best services on offer for the foreseeable future. Our main aim is to ensure that the architecture we’ve designed is fully scalable and no major change to the network will be required as new technologies are introduced. Councils want to see high quality systems that are closer to the end-user, as this will deliver the most reliable and low latency network. This can be achieved through the infrastructure we have designed and is a service we are very excited about supplying to city councils across the country.
If you would like to find out more from our technical team, please do not hesitate to contact us: +44 (0)1342 305038 or firstname.lastname@example.org and a member of staff would be delighted to speak to you.