Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Nokia, Huawei and Ericsson: race to 5G technology – German Economic News

The major telecom companies are working feverishly on the development of new mobile technology standards 5G. It should no longer go to speed, but to connect billions of devices such as cars and refrigerators. In particular, for driverless cars occurs during this addition to an absolutely reliable connection.

cars, watches, refrigerators: For an estimated 50 billion connected devices, the Internet of Things needs will not only faster, but also more stable network infrastructure (Photo: Mercedes-Benz / dpa).

The major telecom companies are working feverishly on the development of new mobile technology standards 5G. It should no longer go to speed, but a new power structure that makes it possible to connect billions of devices simultaneously and reliably to the Internet.

Since 2010, providers are busy on 4G upgrade and so to increase the speed of the mobile data usage tenfold. The next upgrade to 5G, however, is far beyond go: It was not longer just about speed, but about creating the Internet of Things: These need no longer just phones and computers, but billions of devices its own network access: Until 2022 estimated 50 billion refrigerators, cars, houses and even clothing be connected to the Internet.

In particular, autonomous vehicles can only operate at a constant and reliable Internet connection. A fast and robust network infrastructure is an essential prerequisite for the establishment of driverless cars

The companies are doing under considerable competitive pressure. After all, who adduced first a working prototype, the patent for the technology can safeguard and has the best chance to establish a new technology standard. This would mean, to get royalties for each of the billions of devices that will use the technology for it. The patent rights for such basic software can thus mean a billion dollar business, as not only the most recent patent dispute between Google and Microsoft shows.

These views explain for example, the calculus behind the recent 15-billion takeover Alcatel-Lucent by Nokia, reports the Financial Times. “The industry needs to prepare for 5G. It will come faster than people think and it will be larger than they expect, “said Nokia CEO Rajeev Suri.

Authorities in Europe and Asia supporting various PPP projects to 5G-expansion, alone 1, 4 billion euros will be invested in an initiative between European telecom companies of the European Commission and the Chinese vendors Huawei

The competition drives the pace, but there is also a risk. Because so many verscheiden teams currently different track approach and there is no definition of what 5G actually thinks could end any company use its own technology without the need to establish a common standard.

At the World Mobile Congress in Barcelona have all renowned telecom undertakings incinerating including the German Telekom, Ericsson and Huawei, presented its vision of a 5G network, but most of it was show.

Experts describe 5G mostly in terms of gigabits per second. Scientists speak of peak values ​​of 10 gigabits per second, ten times as fast as 4G. The volume of data flow is 5G against estimated at a hundred to a thousand times the 5G value. This is necessary as well as the data required in the next decade is expected to increase a thousand-fold. The real crux of the matter could, however, lie in the latency: The reaction time of 5G devices must be multiplied by a factor of 50 to allow drive real-time applications for automated



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