Ever since the first transistor came into existence, technological progress has witnessed a domino effect, increasing capacity and power over time. What happens as a result is that today’s top-of-the-line technology becomes tomorrow’s outdated recyclables.
Think about the cutting-edge technology that existed Ten years ago and compare it with the one that exists today. From being able to phone a friend to emailing, video calling, sharing movies, songs, gaming, and what not on the same device, we have covered a long way. This brings us to the relevance of Moore’s Law.
Do you know about Moore’s Law?
George Moore’s perception is that the number of transistors on microchips or the computing power of new electronics will double up every two years. It states that while the computational progress will become fast and more efficient over time, we will pay less for it. Although the Law was made years ago, it’s more applicable now than ever before with the arrival of 5G technology.
1G–4G and 5G: A Brief History
What do you call that mini supercomputer that you carry with you all the time? Most people call it a cell phone, but it is much more than that. However, this wasn’t the case with the first cellular communication technology. When cell phones originated and gained popularity in the 1980s, they consisted of 1G technology synonymous with voice only. Moore’s Law didn’t let it stand at that, and the new generation of cellular technology called 2G was born that brought SMS and MMS capabilities into the picture.
This was followed by GPRS and EDGE with limited call/test and data encryption. Faster data transmission, video calls, and mobile internet came into being with the advent of 3G technology. Then came 4G or 4G LTE that allowed us to perform functions we love- HD videos, video conferencing, online gaming, and more. Technology made a forward leap with each new generation. 4G is the standard today, with most cell phones supporting both 3G and 4G technologies. This makes us question: what can be expected with 5G becoming the new standard?
5G and its untapped potential
5G is the massive upscaling of network technology to enable fast data transfer speed, like the blink of an eye, bigger opportunities for connectivity, and high bandwidth. It can be thought of as the ‘secret sauce’ that can implement cloud-connected traffic control, connected cars and other vehicles on the road, perform robotic surgeries and make everything that relies on instantaneous response and data analysis live up to its full potential. From emergency responses to healthcare to next-level gaming to smart energy solutions, the possibilities with 5G deployment are virtually limitless.
It is much more than just a faster network. It is the establishment of a new global wireless standard for throughput, speed, and bandwidth. It is the bridge to a new and better future.
Imagine waking up to a world where everything is well-connected, right from cars, to gadgets to home electronics and everything else. It is a world with no internet lags. With top optic fibre cable makers such as STL enabling a wireless 5G world, we aren’t far away from such a world. We are at the cusp of an industrial revolution that hinges on 5G technology, where wireless connectivity is extended beyond smartphones to enhanced machine-to-machine connections. 5G in India has created a lot of thrill and is expected to steer the revolution of IoT besides solving the mobile bandwidth woes.
This has led to a misconception that 5G is a competitor to optical fibre. However, the fact remains that 5G innovation will be driven by fibre which is a crucial empowering element for wireless technology like 5G.
What role will optical fibre play in 5G technology?
Small cells or small cellular radios are used by the 5G network for extending mobile network coverage. Numerous small cells need to be deployed at many different locations for building dense 5G networks. Therefore, these cells require a high-speed backhaul. This is where Fibre comes into the picture. Fibre enhances the backhaul capacity of these cells and offers accessibility, density, and flexibility required to support multiple applications required for the future. STL is developing wireless equipment for tapping the opportunity in future 5G deployments.
Fibre is the Backbone
Fibre is the backbone, supporting a robust 5G network. It offers a vigorous infrastructure by enabling a path, running backhaul from the macro site to small cells and rooftop connection points at different locations.
Future-Proof and Secure
Fibre, with its capacity to keep pace with increasing backhaul needs without any distance limitations, is an ideal future-proof solution that will stand the test of time. It is also durable and offers uninterrupted signal, irrespective of electromagnetic fields or temperature which means diminished or no scope of signal loss.
5G is a revolutionary concept that is capable to meet the higher capacity/coverage performance goals and fibre deployment plays a crucial role in building efficient wireless connectivity.