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Four ways 5G will enhance our smartphone experience

Karim Husami

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Four ways 5G will enhance our smartphone experience

The purpose of adopting advanced wireless technologies, such as the fifth generation of networks, is to enhance connectivity by enabling faster and more reliable mobile Internet connections for citizens.

Users around the world are keen to experience the numerous benefits introduced by this technology.

But how will 5G make our smartphone experience a better one?

5G offers three major advantages over previous networks: faster speeds, higher bandwidth, and lower latency. Therefore, the user will see the difference in small details such as reduced delays, allowing a fast-digital experience with the technological advancement brought by the latest mobile wireless communication.

1. No buffer while watching

For decades, people have been watching movies and series on their smartphones whenever and wherever they want, however, it has been challenging for the mere fact that the movie stops or buffers while watching, to continue loading, especially with too many devices trying to connect to one network. This causes impatience and frustration for users.

5G comes to the rescue through its capabilities of removing buffering times almost completely, as low latency and higher bandwidth capacities will easily allow users to stream high-quality videos, even in crowded spaces.

Also, it is commonly known that this network will give users the possibility to download videos at ease in a “blink of an eye,” regardless of a low latency connection.

2. Enhanced gaming experience

Players have been experiencing lag and packet loss during an intensive gaming session on mobile data because of latency in the network, causing an unwanted delay which impacts users’ game reaction time.

However, the entire game industry is on the verge of a great change with the low latency of the fifth-generation technology offering a boost in raw speed which is ten times faster than 4G.

Players or gamers can expect faster downloads and streaming and will enjoy a more interactive mobile gaming experience through new innovations like remote real time gaming and online multiplayer mobile gaming. Moreover, in-game action will be smoother than with 4G, with no delay between input and the game’s response, even with high numbers of players.

3. Instant send/receive messages

One of the most basic forms of Internet connectivity is the concept of sending and receiving text messages between people. Although a very simple task, it is the most fundamental because of the transfer of data; thus, the focus is on the quality of the network to maintain an efficient, uninterrupted process with messages.

5G will give a huge boost to this process by enabling faster transmission of data, meaning easing the process of connection between users in their daily lives, either for pure communication or work purposes. Thus, allowing people to send and receive text messages faster, transfer and download huge files with almost no waiting time whilst improving quality of video calls on the go.

Here, we reach the point where 5G will not only enhance the relation between the user and their phones, but also between applications and people, and between people and Internet devices.

4. Boosting the Internet of Things (IoT) devices

While the expansion of 5G means more SMS, the amount of economic output that 5G will generate in 2035 will equal the value of all U.S. consumer spending today, according to a report by Qualcomm and IHS Markit.

As such, this generation technology does not only allow a wider range of file types and speeds-up transmission but connects a variety of devices than phones and tablets, making the phones’ user experience astounding.

So, the low latency, bandwidth, and speed of 5G will open the door for the management of large number of IoT devices more effectively, giving more options for the users to be more connected than before.

Users will witness and live in a new era of enhanced connectivity and better communication leading to increased forms of globalization.

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Journalist for 7 years in print media, with a bachelor degree in Political Science and International Affairs. Masters in Media communications.

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STC Kuwait deploys Stand Alone 5G infrastructure

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Kuwait telecoms giant STC announced earlier last week the successful commercialization step of implementing 5G Stand Alone (5G SA). The milestone is considered to be the second and most disruptive development of the comprehensive 3GPP 5th generation compliant network.

STC also successfully accomplished the widest scale of 5G deployment coverage on Sub-3GHz and 2.1GHz amongst other mobile service providers in the MENA region. Alongside these two achievements, the company enhanced its infrastructure with the deployment of an advanced automated Business Support System.

In a statement released by the company, STC indicated that it has been progressing with major 5G SA developments to advance its 5G network architecture, enabling the radical transformation of the telecom industry into an as-a-Service model in line with Kuwait’s 2035 vision.

5G SA technology will enable STC’s subscribers to enjoy higher uplink bandwidth, especially catering to specialized use scenarios, such as enterprise applications where uplink throughput is equally important as downlink.

Additionally, the technology will lower user-traffic latency to address key issues related to interruptions in gaming experience, while kicking off market interest in new rich forms of gaming technology like Virtual Reality (VR). 5G SA will also feature higher levels of security that utilize the best industry know-how to provide robustness to telecom networks.

Further empowering Multi-Access Edge Computing (MEC) deployment, 5G SA will enable STC to become not only Cloud Native, but Edge Native as well. This transition will allow service aggregation near subscriber premises.

From massive data processing in enterprise campus scenarios, real-time data processing in industrial control, and autonomous driving, to massive IoT use cases requiring analytics localization and better user experience for AR/VR/cloud.

5G SA enables different verticals to gain advantage from STC’s infrastructure by creating end-to-end isolated logical networks that share resources in a secured, isolated, and efficient way, also known as Network Slicing.

This allows public and private corporations increase their levels of efficiency and increase revenue when building their private networks, without the hassle of investing in new infrastructure, acquiring new spectrums, developing coverage, and getting capital assets.

STC will also be able to offer diversified digital services to verticals, such as guaranteed voice over 5G applications (VoNR), dedicated data access, dedicated internet access, as well as on-demand services such as, cloud CCTV capabilities to empower enhanced smart city services to citizens and assist businesses in innovating and generating new revenue streams in untapped markets.

Focusing on the user experience and enhanced 5G coverage, especially indoors and in weak coverage spots, STC started delivering Sub-3GHz 2.1GHz 5G NR with national wide implementation since mid-2020. 

Currently, 2.1GHz 5G NR sites have been strategically installed in dense districts. To further boost its infrastructure coverage, STC plans to deploy more sites in 2021.

The new deployment will play an important role for a number of years to come, providing enhanced Quality of Experience (QoE) for multiple 5G use cases, such as HD voice, 4K video streaming, online gaming, telemedicine and collaborative applications.

The services are offered over the most popular 2.1 GHz 5G NR supported smartphones and other 5G devices including Apple, Samsung, and Huawei devices. This will enable smoother access to 5G Carrier Aggregation (CA) Services and mass deployment for Internet of Thing (IoT) and Machine-to-Machine (M2M) over STC’s 5G infrastructure offering enhanced smart city services to users, while assisting businesses in launching new-to-market solutions. 

In parallel, STC has been systematically working on monetizing its 5G infrastructure with advanced Business Support Systems toward native cloud Network architecture. The systems aim to introduce innovative Network-as-a-Service models capable of integrating 3rd party APIs and utilizing DevOps Tools to suit wide-ranges of industry transformations.

“STC positions itself to provide state-of-the-art 5G intelligent connectivity and agile 5G SA cloud native infrastructure to ensure mapping of business and government transformations,” Fahad Abdulrahman Al Ali, Chief Technology Officer at STC, noted in the statement.

The company’s strategic plans tie in new opportunities by utilizing new generation 5G infrastructure with rich multidimensional designs and a native cloud architecture to offer enterprises with guaranteed Service Level Agreements (SLAs).

After the large-scale deployment of Sub-3GHz 5G, STC projects high levels of improved in-depth coverage and user experience of STC’s 5G network, laying a solid foundation for the sound development of 5G MBB services. 

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Polish Telco Play partners up with Samsung to conduct 5G trials

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South Korean tech giant Samsung announced on Wednesday a partnership with Polish telco Play to conduct 4G and 5G trials in Warsaw.

According to a joint statement, Samsung and Play will verify the capability and performance of Samsung’s 4G and 5G network solutions in the trial, which will be carried out in Play’s labs and commercial networks, beginning in Q2 of this year.

The trial will also test the interoperability between Play’s 2G/3G legacy networks and Samsung’s latest solutions, which will see Samsung R&D Institute Poland taking part as well.

The Polish telco provides mobile voice, messaging, data and video services for both consumers and businesses – Play boasts over 15 million subscribers across the nation, covering 99 percent of the country’s population.

“At Play we are open to the innovative technologies offered by our partners. The partnership with Samsung is another initiative that allows us to choose the best solutions for the rollout of our network. It is its extension and modernization that have a direct impact on the comfort of our customers,” said Michał Ziółkowski, Management Board Member and Chief Technology Officer at Play.

For the trial, Samsung will provide its latest 4G and 5G solutions—including 4G radios, 5G Massive MIMO radios and baseband units—on low and mid-band spectrums. Samsung’s 5G Massive MIMO radios have been commercially deployed since 2019 and are currently in operation across the globe.

Slim and lightweight, Samsung’s Massive MIMO radios ensure easy installation and quick deployment for mobile operators and increase coverage, boost data speeds to enrich 5G experience for users.

The company’s baseband unit offers improved performance with enhanced capacity and throughput, while supporting both 4G and 5G frequencies in a single unit. With this solution, operators can increase flexibility in network management and achieve cost efficiency.

“This trial will serve as a meaningful milestone for the two companies’ collaborative efforts in Poland,” said Thomas Riedel, Head of Europe, Networks Business at Samsung Electronics. “Leveraging our advanced 5G solutions and technical leadership, we will continue to expand our global and European presence with leading operators like Play to take 5G user experience to new heights.”

Samsung Currently, Samsung operates its R&D centers in Warsaw and Cracow, Poland, where the tech giant’s highest-quality software is created, as well as 5G trials. The company is currently providing network solutions to mobile operators that deliver connectivity to hundreds of millions of users around the world.

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India approves 13 applications for 5G trials, Chinese vendors kept out

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India’s Department of Telecom (DoT) approved Tuesday the applications of domestic mobile operators to roll out 5G trials as telcos such as Bharti Airtel, Reliance Jio, Vodafone Idea and MTNL can now kickstart their 5G trials on the local market.

The DOT aims to allow telco applications that seek to partner with non-Chinese equipment vendors to work on developing use cases relevant for India on the next generation technology.

The trials will initially last for six months.

Chinese players such as Huawei and ZTE were missing, however, from the list of 13 applications from telcos approved by the government, as a way to confirm that the two gear vendors would be excluded from the country’s 5G deployments.

“The trials will reduce the time gap between 5G spectrum auction and roll out of the networks. In the past, trials happened after auction, however, now we will be gaining time and telecom operators will be prepared in advance for the 5G network. They will be able to choose their vendors, technology and type of equipment,” Telecom Secretary Anshu Prakash said.

“BSNL will conduct trials separately. Their applications will come soon,” Prakash added.

The telcos will also be permitted to use their existing spectrum owned by them (800 MHz, 900 MHz, 1800 MHz and 2500 MHz) for conducting 5G trials in India.

The deal also includes the operators partnering with original equipment manufacturers and technology providers such as Ericsson, Nokia, Samsung, and C-DOT. In addition, Reliance Jio will also be conducting trials using its indigenous technology.

“The applicant TSPs (telecom service providers) include Bharti Airtel Ltd, Reliance Jio Infocomm Ltd, Vodafone Idea Ltd and MTNL. These TSPs have tied up with original equipment manufacturers and technology providers, which are Ericsson, Nokia, Samsung and C-DOT,” the DoT said in a statement Tuesday.

“In addition, Reliance Jio Infocomm Ltd will also be conducting trials using its own indigenous technology,” DoT added.

“The trials can start Wednesday but there is no clarity on the timeline for the next spectrum sale, which will see 5G spectrum make its debut,” it noted.

According to the central government, the objectives of conducting 5G trials include testing 5G spectrum propagation characteristics especially in the Indian context; model tuning and evaluation of chosen equipment and vendors; testing of indigenous technology; testing of applications (such as telemedicine, tele-education, augmented/ virtual reality, drone-based agricultural monitoring, etc.); and to test 5G phones and devices.

“5G technology is expected to deliver improved user experience in terms of data download rates (expected to be 10 times that of 4G), up to three times greater spectrum efficiency, and ultra-low latency to enable Industry 4.0,” the government highlighted.

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