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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.