With continued government support and heavy capital investment, China is quickly emerging as the 5G pioneer.
The recent Government Work Report highlighted 5G Mobile Technology among its priorities, making it apparent that Chinese authorities are more than ready to roll out the next generation mobile networks.
The Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) announced last month that it had build the largest 5G test field to ensure the country gets an upper hand in the race for the mobile technology.
ZTE Corp and Huawei Technologies are also scheduled to take part in the outdoor test site built in Beijing. The participation of these domestic conglomerates in the project basically points to the seriousness with which China considers the future of mobile technology.
ZTE Corp sets aside a total of $144.5 billion investment on 5G research and development.
5G Is the New Future
As efforts are made to ensure we have self-driven cars and top-of the world smartphones, 5G is said to be a major contributor to the success of these ambitious projects. The self-driven cars will rely on the power of the Internet and thus the speed matters. It will offer a new way of exploiting the Internet of Things.
According to Xu Ming, president of strategy and marketing at ZTE, businesses and telecomm operators should up their adoption of cloud-computing sue to its immense power and flexibility.
ZTE is at the moment involved in over 180 network virtualization deployments throughout the world.
During the last Mobile World Congress, the company launched numerous 5G base stations. These devices have been hailed for their ability to use massive multiple input, multiple output (MIMO) and thus meet the initial requirements for 5G technology.
Jean-Claude Loirat, director of EMEA Operations Radio Frequency, said that most global top operators have set the trend of rolling out new networks and base stations “equipped with small efficient devices.”
Loirat believes that China may be on the path to become a leader in 5G deployment and that by 2019, 5G will be the new Internet speed that every organization craves for.
But as much as 5G services are gaining more and more attention, the need to protect investment in 4G and ensure a smooth transition to 5G is inevitable.
R&D, Ericsson North East Asia head, Kalvin Peng, suggests that the best way to go about the matter is to first deploy 5G services in given areas rather than making a one-time implementation all over the country.