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Real Wireless: Verticals 'must do more' to define 5G

RealWireless.jpgOliver Bosshard, managing consultant at Real Wireless has expressed his concern for 5G after this year’s Mobile World Congress by stating that verticals must do more to define what 5G will mean for their enterprises.

Bosshard said in his Mobile World Congress review that Real Wireless viewed the progress made by verticals as a good start, but added that they “must do more to define what 5G will mean for them”. Real Wireless also found that many vendors claimed to be 5G ready or compliant in what was “essentially a marketing trick”, explained Bosshard. However, he added that it was “an important [trick] for those keen to demonstrate they are completely up to date with developments in 5G, or what they believe 5G is, in this fast-paced market”.

“There are encouraging signs of nascent engagements with verticals, though not fully linked to 5G, with efforts being directed towards establishing common technology platforms,” explained Bosshard. “We highlighted before the show that the industry needs to play its part in liaising more closely with vertical industries to ensure 5G reaches its full potential. Regional administrations such as the European Commission were vocal on needing to see meaningful evidence of progress on this if they are to justify their level of investment to their citizens.

“It’s the verticals themselves who are going to benefit most from 5G, so it makes senses for them to be involved as much as possible. Our job at Real Wireless is to bridge the gap between the technical and the business aspects, which is what we’ve been doing through numerous workshops with the European Commission.”

At a workshop in Brussels last week, the final results of Real Wireless’ study on the socioeconomic impact of 5G in Europe were presented to the European Commission and interested stakeholders. The in-depth report has been produced by experts and academics from across the industry, including Real Wireless, who spent the past year researching the impact 5G will have on vertical industry sectors — and quantifying each ones economic value.

The study will be carried out over 12 months by a consortium including Tech4i2, Interdigital Europe, Trinity College Dublin and Real Wireless and has already gathered inputs from industry stakeholder workshops and existing 5G projects to determine which verticals and environments to examine. It will focus on the four verticals of healthcare, transport, automotive and utilities and four environments including smart cities, non-urban areas, smart homes, and workplaces.

Bosshard also highlighted what the company found to be the “most interesting” demonstrations, which included those that displayed current developments in 5G.

“The 5GIC and University of Surrey 5G demo on the Cobham stand [demonstrated] how a massive multi-antenna array can serve many connected IoT users within a cell,” said Bosshard. “The demo could scale to show the impact of more simultaneous IoT users in a cell and what the required throughput would be to serve them. 

“Another demo saw 1 Gbps LTE throughput based on the aggregation of five channels of 20 MHz, each supporting 2 x 2 MIMO streams and 256 QAM based on LTE Advanced. These demonstrations are still examining the technology capabilities and more in-depth analysis would be required in future to determine the more practical impacts in these environments such as analysing the most appropriate propagation models and impact of clutter and terrain at frequencies above 24 GHz.”

Image (credit Oli Bosshard): Real Wireless managing consultant Oliver Bosshard (left) and principal consultant Saul Friedner (right) at MWC 2016.

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