Breakfast and Technology a heady mix
For those of you that are not aware, a 5G innovation centre was recently opened in Basingstoke, UK. The opening was held in the form of an event breakfast to launch the centre to the business community that is likely to be impacted by 5G. The innovation centre puts Basingstoke at the forefront of the UKs push to get businesses and consumers ready to understand the benefits that 5G can bring to them. The innovation centre provides one of biggest test beds for 5G networks in Europe and it links directly to the University of Surrey’s 5G research and development centre.
Same, same, but different
We hear lots of discussion about the fundamental changes to the fronthaul and backhaul transport networks as we move towards 5G mobile networks. However, in my opinion, much remains the same, with some key advances made to support changes in radio technology and provide increased service support and flexibility.
5G: Still picking a winning team
For those of you not familiar with TechXLR8, the event organisers describe it as “A festival of technology taking you on a journey between networks, tech and consumer services”. Techxlr8’s ambitious plan is to bring together 8 disparate, but somehow interlinked, tech showcases; 5G world, IoT World Europe, Cloud & DevOps World, Apps World Evolution, VR&AR World, AI & Machine Learning World, Connected Cars & Autonomous Vehicles Europe and project Kairos.
Drivers of Change in the Metro
Over the last few years, we have seen a major change in telecom services and the way that these services are being used. This has been driven by three main factors:
Rail Infrastructure Relies on Outdated Communications Infrastructure
Over 200 years ago, Richard Trevithick developed the first high-pressured steam locomotive and used it to haul a train along the Penydarren tramway. Just 15 years later Stephensons’s Rocket won the Rainhill Trials and became the template for most rail transportation for the next 150 years. Anyone still around from those days would probably find today’s rail infrastructure very familiar, with locomotives still hauling trains over standard gauge metal rails.
Power Industry Trends
For those that don’t know SGTech, it is a conference focused on power companies, both distribution (DSOs) and energy transmission (TSOs). The conference focuses on how these companies can move to embrace the smart grid with substation automation, SCADA, control room technology, smart meters and telecommunications.
Transportation is Not Keeping Up With the Times
We are living in an era of instant communication and gratification. And, while daily life seems to be going faster and faster, the road systems seem to be moving slower and slower. I waste hours on the road in bumper to bumper traffic, listening to the radio… growing increasingly frustrated. I continue listening to the radio hoping to learn why traffic is delayed. By the time the report finally comes, it is clear that the news is old and no longer correct. I am further frustrated. Sound familiar?
Every time I read a trade article or go to an event, it’s always about some new breakthrough in telecoms technology or service delivery: NFV, SDN, 400G, SD-WAN, E-VPN, Alien Superchannels, CDC-F. The list goes on and on. You’d think consumers are more demanding than ever and that service providers are rapidly evolving their networks to keep up.
LTE versus 5G
The aim of LTE was to make anytime, anywhere services a reality. To achieve this, LTE increased capacity, improved coverage and provided high-speed mobile data. Demand for data has since increased beyond all expectations and today there is a tidal wave of traffic on mobile networks.
IoT in the Lime Light
Over the last few years, I have been fascinated to watch how the debate around the Internet of Things (IoT) has evolved. I was particularly interested to see the UK Government, in 2015, allocate £40M towards research into the internet of things to focus on healthcare, social care and smart city.