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During Digital Enterprise Show (DES), Ericsson has presented the progress on their research on 5G, the 5th generation of wireless mobile networks. The necessity of a novel solution after 3G and 4G is derived from the increase of the connected devices. The Internet of Things IoT is a key issue for some sectors like telemedicine where 61% of consumers indicate that remote robotic surgery is risky as it relies on the internet[i].

Another field of application for the newcomer technology is the self-driven vehicle industry. Security and safety rely on the connectivity and synchronization between sensors and devices in a real time.

Orange and Ericsson performed the best achievement so far in Châtillon (France) using 5G network. Their collaboration started in 2016, reached last January the fastest wireless connection with a new record of 10Gbps[ii]

The new 5G connection is expected not only to solve speed connection issue but also less download latency. The information may be packed in one millisecond which opens the possibility to connect 100 folds simultaneous devices with less energy expenditure. 5G will be a “huge game changer” as the next evolution of mobile wireless standards, after 4G and 3G.

5G network is faster, consume less and is aimed at the Internet of Things

These experiments in real-world proved a TRL around 7-8 points which is why Ericsson is already looking for partners to implement it.

In a bet to reach the market as soon as possible, Ericsson entered into an agreement with BMW to implement 5 G connection enabling a fully autonomous driving. The experiment reaches 3.6Gbps at 170Km/h using beam forming and beam tracking technology.

On the eve of the 101st running of Indianapolis, Ericsson teamed-up with Verizon to test the fifth generation in extreme cases. The test used antenna arrays to steer a beam where a user is with less radio interference. 6Gbps were attained across Verizon’s 5G trial network in a vehicle travelling at 100Km/H (60mph). A camera was installed on the roof of the race car and fitted the driver. Enabling a 5G VR headset showing a 4K video stream of the track from the camera.[iii]

The Swedish company has published a full report about 5G and their last updates where they share business opportunities, trials of the network, insights and trends, cases of use and other insights and discussions with plenty of material to read and watch.

[i] From Healthcare to Homecare: An Ericsson Consumer Insight Summary Report June 2017
[ii] Ericsson et Orange préparent le future réseau mobile 5G
[iii] Verizon 5G fuels imaginations of Indy 500 fans