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.
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The demand for mobile data is spiraling as we all consume more and more services, especially video. Did you know that video now makes up more than 70% of the traffic traversing the network? This traffic explosion has put immense pressure on current networks. Perhaps this is one of the reasons that ~40% of services providers have already announced that they intend to roll out 5G networks.
So MWC is behind us :-). And the telecom industry can breathe again, or at least we all hope so. Every year it seems to me that the industry officially launches itself at MWC – and perhaps with good reason. After all nearly 108K visitors attended this year. Maybe not as many as the organizers hoped, but definitely up from 2016.
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.
The current state of the mobile network isn’t as clean as you might hope, as marketers push the benefits of the latest and greatest 4G LTE technology and upcoming 5G capabilities. In fact, adapting to the mobile network evolution is a messy proposition that even the most advanced service providers can struggle with.
Despite the flashy promises of advanced 4G LTE and 5G networks, service providers must find more effective ways to improve service quality across multi-generation mobile networks.