While developing countries of the world are still basking in the euphoria of lack of depth in the coverage of the 4g network, the advanced/ developed nations of the world have already set their sights on 5g network come 2020. In this article, I shall be exposing us to what might change once 5g technology is introduced in 2020.
Some theory About 5g: Virtualization – the basis for 5G
Fortunately, the 5G network promises a solution to this problem. It is expected that 5G speed reaches an outstanding value of 10 000 Mbit / s, exceeding the limit of 1000 Mbit / s, which is at 4G. Another component of the new network features will be the use of virtualization technology, network functions – Network Function Virtualization.
Traditionally, communication networks functions are implemented using proprietary hardware, that is, from a certain manufacturer. NFV (Network function virtualization) also allows you to transfer them to the software level. This reduces the number of “iron” elements of the network infrastructure and the deployment of new network functions and management becomes much more efficient, reliable and secure.
These technologies 5G networks will enhance the adaptability and will maintain the speed required to service the needs of seven billion people are connecting to the internet with sixty billion devices.
Telecom operators and architects networks have long been discussing the virtualization of network functions. The question is not whether there will be the operator selects virtualization.The question is how it will happen and when.
Many believe that NFV technology – the missing element of the mosaic, which just helps operators to achieve this goal – to move the network function of its own system, usually isolated, in a software-defined cloud. The combination of 5G technologies and NFV creates a network that independently optimises your work and adjusts to the delivered services. They increase the amount of traffic being processed by them, without increasing costs.
Imagine that you can get information about athletes in real time, watch replays of performances from the phone directly to the stadium or watch the match with your chosen position on the field. This may forever change the industry events.
Below are selected innovations that await us in the near future.
1. 3D virtual reality (VR)
The advent of 5G means that suppliers of content services, media and entertainment companies in the industry will be able to offer our customers every opportunity without restrictions. Virtual reality can fundamentally change the way we watch sporting events live. It will give viewers the opportunity to experience the effect of total immersion in the competition thanks to the video signal from the cameras installed around the perimeter of the field, or, for example, to use the applications that will move them directly into the space of the game.
The cost of VR-technologies will decrease, and the camcorder will be able to handle high loads and transfer to other devices large volumes of streaming data at a relatively low price.
5G will remove restrictions on data transfer and remote VR-experience becomes available to almost everyone.
In other words, 5G will be the basis of the effect of presence – through the use of mobile ultra HD 4K technology and virtual reality and social broadcasting in HD.
2. The Internet and cyber security
Naturally, the 5G task is not only to simply improve the interaction with the audience. Event organizers can get from these technologies much more. 5G will be the basis for the use of the internet and will help companies and organizers to provide cost-effective identity management, which is the most important aspect of cyber security.
The need to know exactly who is present, for example, at a football match at any time, will not be superfluous – and the 5G will help to solve this problem.
At the same time due to the increase in the volume of data transmitted to and from the sheer number of connected devices is increasing the attack surface – that is, hackers will be easier to select a destination and opportunities for attack. This occurs not only at the level of devices but also on the level of infrastructure.
For major international events such vulnerability could be devastating, but then again can help the network function virtualization. It provides micro segmentation network when all of the organization’s network can be divided into any number of pieces and put security solutions at each site. In this case, even if the attack on the same network segment or the other connected device will continue to be safe.
3. Future relying on 5G
5G will facilitate the creation of a “connected ecosystem” in which portable devices, vehicles with networking capabilities and sensors will be connected to the Internet. Consequently, 5G technology, based on infrastructure, cloud computing and NFV not only converts the current business model but also cause the appearance of a number of new ones.
It will accelerate the development of technologies and autonomous unmanned vehicles – by creating a fast, versatile and stable network, with which the car will follow the route safely.