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Four ways 5G will enhance our smartphone experience

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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.

Journalist for 8 years in print media, with a bachelor degree in Political Science and International Affairs. Masters in Media communications.

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AT&T, Verizon comply to FAA demands to limit 5G rollout

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Following the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) examination into whether the C-band spectrum for 5G rollout jeopardizes aircrafts’ safety, AT&T Verizon extended Wednesday their offer to reform power from their fifth-generation cell towers for the upcoming six months.

Both U.S.-based telcos structured a plan to launch vital improvements to their 5G networks operating C-band spectrum obtained in an auction. These upgrades will deliver higher 5G connections and faster speeds in comparison to the base-level 5G rollout offers that both operators currently deliver.

“While we remain confident that 5G poses no risk to air safety, we are also sensitive to the Federal Aviation Administration’s desire for additional analysis of this issue,” both telcos said in a joint letter sent to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

Earlier in November, both service providers agreed to postpone their C-band spectrum deployment till the end of January of 2022, after FAA expressed worry regarding wireless technology potentially interfering with altimeter equipment, jeopardizing the safety systems of some aircraft, according to The Wall Street Journal.

An altimeter is a device that measures altitude, the distance of a point above sea level. They are considered a fundamental tool for aircraft and spacecraft pilots as it monitors the aircraft’s height above the Earth’s surface, particularly when the weather affects visibility conditions for pilots.

From their part, both AT&T and Verizon submitted years of research regarding probable interference rate and added that mid-band 5G networks have never caused any damage for flights in other countries that have already deployed mid-band 5G.

Despite submitting the needed research to support their stance, both companies submitted to the FAA’s demands to “allay concerns about radio altimeter performance,” while sustaining fight performance for their users.

The Communications Commission has already informed pilots of the potential risks of “interference from 5G transmitters and other technology could cause certain safety equipment to malfunction, requiring them to take mitigating action that could affect flight operations.”

It is unclear whether the FAA will take into consideration the companies’ proposals. However, if the Commission accepts the carriers’ offer, the extended limit will be applicable till July 6th, after initially planning to roll out their C-band spectrum on December 5th.

After the set July 6th deadline, both AT&T Verizon will resume regular operations only if the FAA delivers fails to deliver inclusive evidence that their C-band spectrum would interfere with the aircraft safety systems. 

“Our use of this spectrum will dramatically expand the reach and capabilities of the nation’s next-generation 5G networks, advancing U.S. leadership, and bringing enormous benefits to consumers and the U.S. economy,” the telcos informed FCC Chair Jessica Rosenworcel in their letter.

Both carriers’ operations are supported by dense financial inducement to stay clear from any additional setbacks to their spectrum rollout. Verizon and AT&T spent an estimate of $68.8 billion to assure obtaining the required licenses for their mid-level band construction, with an extra $15 billion on infrastructure that would make use of the C-band spectrum.

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China to triple 5G base station count by 2025, covering 56% of the country

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China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) revealed plans to more than triple the number of 5G base stations over the next four years, targeting a total of 3.64 million by end-2025, China Daily reported.

As such, the country aims to get 56 percent of the country on 5G networks by the end of 2025, up from 15 percent in 2020.

MIIT’s target is a total of 3.64 million base stations by end-2025, according to China Daily. “The five-year plan also forecasts that the cumulative investment in telecom infrastructure will increase from $2 trillion in 2020 to $3 trillion in 2025,” it noted.

Xie Cun, director of the MIIT’s information and communication development department, said that all prefecture-level cities have full 5G coverage, with rural towns at 40 percent.

“5G has already been used in 22 industries, including industrial manufacturing, mining, ports, medical care, education, and entertainment,” he added.

“In the next step, we will work with other parties to focus on promoting 5G applications in 15 industries that focus on information consumption, the real economy, and people’s livelihood services,” Xie noted.

As of July, China had more than 160 million 5G network users, accounting for about 89 percent of the 5G users worldwide, said a report on National Internet Development.

The nation has 1.2 million 5G sites nationwide, which make up about 70 percent of the global total, with the number of customers on compatible plans accounting for 38.7 percent of the nation’s tally.           

In addition, Gigabit optical fiber network will cover most urban, rural areas, facilities and services for data and computing will be enhanced remarkably, it said.

The plan identifies the role of the information and communication industry as a strategic, basic and innovative industry to help build a new type of digital infrastructure and support economic and social development.

The plan includes a new type of supervision system is in place, as well as the protection of users’ rights and interests, especially their personal information.

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Huawei, Haier, and China Mobile deploy 5G for smart Manufacturing

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With support from Huawei and China Mobile, Haier, China’s largest consumer electronics and home appliance producer, collaborated to apply innovative manufacturing solutions combining 5G and mobile edge computing in its smart factories.

The three announced the breakthroughs in Qingdao, a city in China, late last week, with Huawei saying in a statement that “The solutions, which are developed at the joint-innovation base established in February, integrate 5G edge computing with artificial intelligence and particularly machine vision in manufacturing environments.”

It added: “They are applicable to various manufacturing scenarios where they can perform a variety of functions. Haier has launched the technologies at seven smart factories in China and plans to expand the implementation at 20 factories by the end of 2022.”

The fifth-generation technology provides manufacturers with a lot of bandwidth —up to 20GBps— and latencies as low as 1 millisecond. One of 5G’s main features, Mobile edge computing, delivers low-latency cloud computing, however, it’s still early for manufacturers seeking to take advantage of 5G’s full capabilities.

In addition, Huawei is expected to help Haier deploy the 5G solutions and transform about 100 of its manufacturing facilities globally during five years, whilst the three also plan to offer the technologies to other leading manufacturers in China and abroad.

The solutions allow the implementation of high-performance machine vision in a manufacturing environment through low-latency connections between high-definition cameras, the AI modules at the factory site, and the training servers located off-site.

As such, the three partners also developed technologies to boost site and staff safety. For example, unlike traditional video surveillance systems that only have a recording function, AI-surveillance can automatically create alarms in real time when it detects anomalies on the factory floor.

The technology can identify non-authorized individuals, process safety violations, and workers who aren’t where they should be.

On the other hand, the solutions will be improved to provide “digital twins” visualization, which is the reproduction of a real and dynamic production floor into a virtual digital world, a meta-universe.

The concept makes just-in-time preventive maintenance a reality and enables the simulation of changes to the production process before they are implemented. The collaboration includes experimenting how 5G environment can support automated guided vehicles to transfer items in warehouses or manufacturing lines more accurately and efficiently.

Machine vision saves manufacturers costs by being deployed on a 5G-enabled production line and by rapidly performing QC checks with over 99 percent accuracy, at least 10 percent more accurate than without the function. Compared with visual inspection performed by humans, machine vision delivers much fewer false positive and false negative results.

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