posted the story, “How
5G will Juice Up Your Phone and Your Fridge,” noting that “businesses that
rely on wireless connectivity are already dreaming of how they can put 5G to
I try to describe the fifth generation mobile network (5G) to my daughter, I
tell her she’ll be able to download films like Harry Potter and the
Deathly Hallows in a few seconds from her phone.
However, she doesn’t seem that impressed.
she’s my toughest audience.
CLICK TO TWEET: CommScope's Amar Mandhyan explains why you shouldn't run out and buy a 5G smartphone yet.
I speak to service providers and network wireless operators, they are
passionate about a future network that is 100 times faster. They’re dreaming of smarter cities, better
healthcare and automated cars. And their
big question remains, “how can we build new revenue models with technology that
will reshape our world?”
tell them we need to focus on adding network capacity. There’s only one way to help consumers around
the world get from point A (eight exabytes) to B (80 exabytes) of monthly
mobile data traffic by 2021, according to a market research by iGillottResearch.1 They need to prioritize technology which
makes everything work. Another fancy way
of saying they should focus on network densification.
Asia in Singapore,
I will highlight the following ways operators can get ready for the next
generation wireless system:
- Get more bang for your buck when it comes to spectrum:
data can be shared in millimeter waves which travel shorter distances. Through innovative engineering and advanced
signal processing algorithms, Massive
connections avoid the negative effects of multipath interference while
significantly increasing the speed that users can access the internet, play
games and watch video.
- Make densification a priority: In an ideal
world, options available to operators can be conceptually understood from the Shannon’s
Channel Capacity Theorem.
However, due to zoning conditions and site acquisition issues, there’s a
limit to what can be achieved. Indoor and outdoor
distributed antenna systems (DAS) coupled with small cell solutions enable network
- Don’t compare apples to oranges: There are
differences between how densification is done for 4G/5G as compared to 2G/3G. They
include (a) focusing on capacity and QoE, (b) densifying small and medium size
premises in addition to large venues (c) fiber based backhaul provisioning and
(d) addressing speed and capacity for outdoor hotspots.
daughter asked me when her 5G phone would be available. I told her there’s much to be done and that’s
why I’ve signed up to collaborate with the brightest in the business – those
who work at CommScope. If you’re in
Singapore on 4 October, come by and we’ll talk about adding capacity to your network.
1iGillottResearch: Global Mobile Data Forecast, 2016 –
2021: Still Growing and No Signs of Slowing (Version 1, Report Number: