We invite the wider industry to contribute to the GSMA 5G Transformation Hub and help solve some of the key industrial, technological and social challenges – as well as the opportunity to showcase their solutions to a wide audience. The most innovative solutions will be eligible to exhibit at MWC Barcelona 2023, and be nominated for the upcoming GLOMOs.
To successfully deploy 5G solutions, multiple people in an organisation must understand various aspects of how this powerful network technology can be used. But as is often the case with any emerging technology, this kind of information can be limited or difficult to access. This is the reason for the 5G Hub – an authoritative library of 5G case studies which detail key insights into live 5G projects including design challenges, technology partners and ROI.
The library covers a broad spread of organisations, technologies and vertical industries with only one qualification for inclusion – that case studies must address one of six key industry challenges in either production, energy, living, entertainment, productivity or innovation. The last of these categories, innovation, focuses on the deployment of one of 5G’s most transformative capabilities – mmWave.
5G mmWave’s ultra-high frequency occupies a band previously used for mobile communications, and thus understanding the true potential of this technology remains at an early stage. Such high frequencies have hitherto been understood to be impractical, in large part because of how easily the signals can be blocked by buildings, objects and even people. However, greater understanding of cellular channel characteristics and advances in antennas has made it possible to make use of this powerful new technology which is capable of delivering vast amounts of data at ultra-low latency.
The Transformation Hub features a number of case studies which provide valuable information into how 5G mmWave, capable of supporting various indoor and outdoor scenarios, has been deployed:
High-speed subway connectivity
The introduction of this technology to Seoul’s underground transport network has significantly increased the throughput and reliability of public Wi-Fi networks. With speeds of 700 Mbps in each subway car (a 10-fold increase on what came before), travellers now have greater incentive to use this form over automotive transport, overall helping to reduce emissions.
The National Theatre and Concert Hall in Taiwan has made use of the low latency and speed of mmWave by using it to support myriad high fidelity video streams from multiple angles. This has made it possible for the theatre to create a 3D viewing experience suitable for metaverse applications.
The NFL has adopted this technology in its stadiums across the USA to significantly improve the number of angles fans can use to replay the game’s key events. The network’s high quality has also made it possible to incorporate AR experiences and easier to order food and understand footfall and congestion inside each venue.
mmWave has demonstrated itself to be transformative in improving the manufacturing process. A plant in Beijing has adopted the technology as a means to eliminate its reliance on cables, and thus fixed positioning. In tandem with its cloud-based infrastructure and drone support, the plant has significantly reduced its delivery time.
Such case studies form just a small part of the 5G Hub’s body of information, which itself is growing month-by-month. Join us in nurturing the wider industry’s understanding and help scale proven solutions that deliver truly transformation across regional and global level. To find out more or contribute towards the 5G Transformation Hub, please visit: gsma.com/5ghub