Five reasons why 5G makes the difference

23 December 2021

The fifth-generation of wireless technology is paving the way for the connectivity that digital technologies increasingly require. Peter Linder, head of 5G marketing at Ericsson, shares his views on why 5G makes a difference

5G has rapidly gained mindshare in society as a vital technology. But what makes 5G different from its predecessors? We describe a set of strategic choices made for previous mobile generations of which we made a single choice. 5G makes it possible to embrace both options, unlocking larger opportunities earlier in the deployment cycle.

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RF over fibre in southeast Asia

22 December 2021

John Meyers – ViaLite Communications sales manager, APAC

John Meyers – ViaLite Communications sales manager, APAC

For those unfamiliar with the applications of RF-over-Fibre in satellite communications, it may seem a contradiction that satcom would depend on fibre, the very terrestrial technology that satellite communications is often purported to replace.

However, in the past few years, something has happened in the world of satcom. With the advent of High Throughput Satellites (HTS), satellite bandwidth capacity has grown exponentially. Satellite frequencies have moved from C-band to higher frequencies such as Ku and KA-band. These higher frequencies usually require the implementation of diversity gateway sites to address rain fade. In some countries, regulatory authorities require commercial satcom operators to build backup gateway sites to improve network resiliency in case of natural disasters.

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The rebalancing of the global internet

22 December 2021

Geoff Bennett, director, solutions and technology, Infinera explains how submarine cable systems point the way to economic growth

It’s estimated that submarine communication cables facilitate over $10 trillion USD in global trade per day. For rapidly growing regions of the world like Asia and Africa to have full access to this flow of digital commerce, they need to have reliable, high-capacity subsea cable connections. This is even more important as the epicentre of internet traffic shifts away from the U.S. and toward a far more equitable balance of traffic around the globe.

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What role will 5G play in delivering critical communications?

21 December 2021

Jason Johur, TCCA board member and chair, TCCA’s Broadband Industry Group

Jason Johur, TCCA board member and chair, TCCA’s Broadband Industry Group

5G networks promise greater capabilities to critical users but further specification work is needed to ensure their unique requirements are met. A new white paper from TCCA, the global organisation for the advancement of standardised critical communications technologies, says that ultimately, 5G will enable cooperation between critical users to become more efficient and effective. As a result, the safety of first responders and the communities they protect will be enhanced.

The white paper addresses a number of key questions raised by the critical communications community on the role of 5G, including how it compares to 4G LTE, the initial use cases, the expected impacts on user operations and the likely market availability of such solutions.

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