With Mobile World Congress taking place before the end of the month in Barcelona, it’s no wonder that some companies have already begun to toot their own horns in anticipation of further exciting announcements at the event. And one of those companies is none other than Nokia.
Unfortunately the company isn’t talking about the long-rumored Android smartphone that many of its fans are expecting to see at some point this year. Instead, the Finnish company is publicizing its impressive investments in 5G technology and the advances that the company has made in this field.
While this may sound boring at first, remember that all of tomorrow’s applications, services and devices like IoT and self-driving cars will likely rely on 5G. So the bigger the advancements in this field, the better our future will be – at least that’s how the theory goes.
Nokia is focusing heavily on 5G infrastructure and deployment, not to mention the technology’s use cases, areas which have become the company’s primary business. Some of the company’s efforts that will be further detailed at MWC 2016 are:
- 5G Autonomous vehicles: 5G facilitates autonomous driving by providing ultra-low latency connectivity for fast-moving autonomous systems, which require constant and virtually uninterrupted communication flow to improve road safety and reduce congestion.
- 5G stadium experience: Fast, live multi-casting with synchronous data transmission across a large number of smartphones. Users will be able to augment and share their real stadium experience with live video feeds from different camera positions and virtually no delay in transmission.
- 5G Interactive Virtual reality: Through 1 millisecond latency and high throughput, two mobile virtual reality users will be able to collaborate as if they are in the same physical location. Remote collaboration and telepresence will optimize various business applications and processes, including distance learning, manufacturing and the maintenance and repair of machines.
- 5G Massive Capacity: Bell Labs has also developed aggregation technologies that will deliver record-breaking peak rates of 30 Gbps and provide a more consistent and reliable quality of experience for subscribers. This is achieved by aggregating different mobile and fixed technologies into a single, ultra-capacity stream for the end user. These innovations allow operators to maximize the utilization of their network assets.
- 5G Massive Connectivity: Nokia will demonstrate the transformations in the cellular network to achieve record-breaking numbers of device connections and connectivity with new technology innovations from Bell Labs. Using new waveforms, connectionless messaging and flexible application-based routing, this ultra-low latency support will usher in the new IoT era with the automation of everything.
The company is also expected to talk up its partnerships with carriers and researchers from around the world, as well as its existing technologies for deployment of 4.5G infrastructure that should hold users over until the introduction of 5G in the 2020s.
Of course, we’ll also be keeping our eyes and ears opened for news about hardware and devices which are much more tangible than that of ongoing 5G development, so check back for that.