A much larger insight was provided towards 5G at the recent Intel Developer Forum (IDF) 2015, especially on the technological front where drones and balloons would make the world stay connected henceforth. According to Intel, the whole 5G works like a big network and even the ‘cars, scooters and refrigerators’ would work on 5G.
According to Intel executives and their collaborators from Nokia, NTT, SK Telecom, including Aicha Evans and Sandra Rivera (Intel), Alex Choi (CTO of SK Telecom); Bin Shen (Verizon’s vice president of Strategy), and Paul McNamara (vice president in Ericsson’s Corporate Strategy Group), 5G means higher data rates – at least 100 times and sometimes 1,000 times higher – along with ultra-low latency and significantly different form factors.
More advanced versions of augmented reality, virtual reality, real-time, Ultra HD video streaming etc. would be the other things that 5G offers. The executives describe 5G as something that will be driven by ‘Internet of Things’ (IoT).
“Imagine that I’m driving in my car and the network detects that one second in front of me, there was a sudden deceleration and airbags were deployed. The network has 20 milliseconds to send my car a message that says I need to apply the brakes. At that very same instant, my connected toaster detects that the crumb tray is full. Those two things are very, very different and they need very, very different sorts of network characteristics,” Paul McNamara explained.
“Wearables, chips implanted within the body etc. can become a trend,” predicts Sandra Rivera from intel. “Anyone can be a Terminator,” he said.
For 5G’s standard development, Intel collaborates with other industry leaders like Nokia Networks, NTT DoCoMo and SK Telecom, as well as academic institutions among others. Intel also introduced the Intel Network Builders Fast Track, program to accelerate network innovation and interoperability.
The whole of IDF 2015 saw 5G as ‘intelligent’ network, where the networks would enable devices to connect and communicate devices more efficiently. The network will prioritize the actions based on the level of importance and would be capable to accommodate any number of devices. The devices will also evolve in size, form and function. For these to happen, the changes must happen in core network, which will be designed to become more flexible and scalable. The networks would go more virtual and interactive, hinted Intel.