5G will be a major technology in developing the rapidly growing digital society, creating and enhancing industry digitalisation user cases such as autonomous driving, remote robotic surgery, and immersive gaming support in maintenance and repair situations. 5G networks will encompass terrestrial and satellite solutions. Seamless handover between heterogeneous wireless access technologies will be an inborn feature of 5G, as well as use of simultaneous radio access technologies to increase reliability, availability and reach.
5G will evolve around enhanced wireless broadband, ie. with faster access rate – about 200 times more than 4G – and help to handle the vast increase of mobile traffic at an affordable cost.
The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has classified 5G mobile network services into three categories:
Aims to meet the demand for an increasingly digital lifestyle and focuses on services that have high requirements for bandwidth, such as high definition (HD) videos, virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR).
Aims to meet demands for further developed digital society and focuses on services that include high requirements for connection density, such as smart cities and smart agriculture.
Aims to meet expectations for the demanding digital industry and focuses on latency-sensitive services, such as assisted and automated driving, and remote management.
5G will revolutionise communications capability, providing seamless and faster communications that will form the basis of an ultra-high ubiquitous, broadband infrastructure. In simple terms, this means you will be able to stream much larger quantities of data/information from any connected device, faster than ever before, without knowing the data provider.
Through the integration of satellite and terrestrial networks, seamless connectivity will support new markets for massive Machine Type Communications (mMTC) and Ultra-Reliable Low Latency Communications (URLLC) applications, anywhere in the world. Once 5G is launched, we will take seamless connectivity for granted, wherever we live, work, gather, or travel.
For many years satellites have been instrumental in the world of telecommunications. Businesses and government organisations are recognising the added value that satellite coverage brings and are an important aspect to the mix to access technologies for 5G, especially for mission critical and industrial applications where ubiquitous coverage is crucial.
The next generation of satellite and terrestrial networks will be a revolution in communications capability, providing seamless and fast communications that will form the backbone of a ubiquitous, ultra-high broadband infrastructure. Being first to market with new applications and services that exploit the networks capability will be a key factor in exploiting your economic benefits.