Millions of users in the US can now access high-speed 5G services through STL’s full-stack solutions

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Next-generation networks for the smartest generation
  • Decoding the 5G technology landscape
  • Understanding what it means for Gen Y and Gen Z
  • 5G live networks deployment scenario
  • STL’s 5G Multi-Band Macro Radio Ecosystem

Decoding the 5G technology landscape

Almost every decade we see a significant mobile network transformation happen around us. The ‘G’ refers to the generation of wireless technology. 1G let us talk to each other, 2G let us send messages, 3G gave us broadband data and Internet, 4G made all of this happen at faster speeds but 5G promises to deliver the extraordinary.

5G brings three new aspects to the table: greater speed (to move more data), lower latency (to be more responsive), and the ability to connect a lot more devices at once (for sensors and smart devices). With x100 capacity than 4G, internet speeds will dramatically increase. Imagine downloading a 2-hour movie. It would’ve taken 26 hours on 3G and 6 minutes on 4G. But on 5G, you’ll be ready to watch your movie in just over 3.5 secs!

Fig 1. Here is a glimpse of the improvements of 5G over its predecessors

5G promises ultra-low latency, which is the amount of delay in sending or receiving information. 4G tends to average around 100 ms vs the human reaction time of 200-300 ms but 5G will bring it down to 1 ms. We can use 5G to replace real-time interactions, meaning you will be able to interact with people, objects and characters controlled by someone else with no lag on either side.

It will also provide a much more personalised web experience using a technique called network slicing.

Network slicing is a way of creating separate wireless networks in the cloud allowing users to create their own bespoke network. For example, an online gamer requires faster response times and greater data capacity than a user who wants to check their social media.

Fig 2. 5G technology use-case landscape

Let’s now understand what it means for Gen Y and Gen Z

Fig 3: Education industry’s familiarity with 5G

Zoomers and Millennials distinguish themselves by being a part of technology rather than being influenced by technology. So, whether you belong to Gen Z or Y, it’s a fact that cell phones and wireless technology is paramount in today’s time and age. It goes without saying that the ‘always on’ generation doesn’t remember a time when wireless didn’t work. From being our new credit card to being our personal TVs – when it comes to Zoomers & Millennials, smartphones are their ID and identity. Having said that, the world is poised to change forever with the implementation of fifth-generation connectivity across the world. So, as far as Gen Z and Gen Y are concerned, the enticing fifth generation has got your back. 

All things considered, 5G is a gamechanger, encompassing a gigantic swatch of radio frequencies. While certain frequencies will enable long-range connectivity inside a building, very high frequencies will enable precise location accuracy along with high-bandwidth applications such as 4k and 8k video streaming. This means a guaranteed internet connection with zero lag time during video conferences, making your work-from-home meetings a whole lot easier. It also means faster and more reliable operational technology for a building! 

With 5G networks being built out all over the world, businesses are witnessing how they can be tapped to facilitate as well as enhance their applications. However, for that to happen, 5G must be more widely available – a promise that many of the world’s biggest telecoms are already turning into reality.

A 5G rollout! Is this really happening? 

What if we say yes, it really is! 

Well, considering that operators around the world are accelerating the deployment of the 5G network, New Radio solutions might have to come together to affordably implement enhanced broadband, low latency, and massive IoT. STL has been actively working towards building a world-class, open, and flexible ecosystem to design as well as deliver such 5G solutions. At STL we believe that the future of networks will be built on the premise of four specialized technological confluences: wired and wireless, software and hardware, connectivity and computation, and open-source – all at the edge of the network

Fig 4. 5G deployments across the globe as of Aug 2020. Fig 5. Current live 5G networks speeds (b/w Jul 20  to Sep 20)

In sum, an industry-leading integrator of digital networks, STL has developed an end-to-end multi-band radio solution for next-generation 5G networks. Providing a comprehensive Open RAN (Radio Access Network) solution spanning across Radio Unit, Centralized Unit, and Distributed Unit, STL has established a key ecosystem alliance for 5G New Radio products aligned with open RAN and open interface standards. These resultant solutions are most certainly going to enable operators worldwide to address multiple deployment use cases with a faster time to market.

STL’s 5G Multi-Band Macro Radio Ecosystem is driving the change

With an intense focus on end-to-end network solutions development, STL continues to be driven by the humongous data growth and technology shifts taking place globally. With so many large telecom companies announcing plans with the aim to connect millions of homes and enterprises, STL continues to look at these challenges as opportunities to work with customers in terms of the overall addressable market. 

As operators around the world accelerate 5G network deployment, New Radio solutions will need to expedite affordable implementation of enhanced broadband, low latency communications and massive IoT. STL has been actively working towards building a world-class, open and agile ecosystem to design and deliver such 5G solutions. Since such solutions require both: a deep specialization in radio hardware and software elements and effective integration of each element, STL has developed deep expertise in Open RAN standards-based software integration. In doing so, STL forged a unique collaboration with Saankhya Labs, VVDN and the associated Open RAN ecosystem for their respective expertise areas. These solutions will enable operators worldwide to address multiple deployment use cases with a faster time to market.While it may take 5G years to expand to its full potential, once it’s fully in place, it will leave us wondering how we ever lived without it!

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