Researchers achieved a major break in 5G technology that raises the prospects of a high-speed wireless technology that trumps the major challenges currently hindering the widespread adoption of 5G. The results of the studies broke a major milestone in a move that could finally bring about the widespread adoption of state-of-the-art European wave wireless technology.
The studies, conducted by a consortium of engineers and scientists, proves that data can be transmitted in point to multipoint through a 92-95 GHz wireless frequency spectrum called millimeter wave or W-band. This article examines what this latest breakthrough holds in store for the prospects of a 5G future.
The Current Challenges Hindering a Future of Widespread 5G Adoption
The two most critical challenges which 5G is expected to address in the nearest future are the wireless transmission of data to and from a grid of 5G cell networks, as well as the inhibiting cost of fiber, which is unaffordable in rural communities, that’s leaving millions of homes without data connectivity.
Consumers have great expectations for 5G. They expect 5G powered services to be in mainstream circulation within three to four years after 5G’s launch. Presently, over 44% of smartphone users are willing to pay for 5G, and over 76% are keenly interested in 5G. Consumers expect 5G to cater to increasing demand for data on smartphones.
They also expect 5G to make available to the mainstream the capacity to download gigabytes in seconds. This download capacity facilitates real-time translation, live streaming of events from multiple coverage angles and VR transmissions.
It’s also believed that 5G should give rise to a new class of apps and services that are currently untenable with the present connectivity technologies.
Many are also hoping that 5G changes the way we get billed for monthly broadband use from billings charged on a per-gigabyte consumption rate to separate billings for each 5G service or device.
Nonetheless, the widespread adoption of 5G might require the widespread use of high-end devices such as iPhones, or a very different class of devices altogether.
The Latest Break That Brings Us Closer to the Expected Future of 5G
After three years of developing the technology, an interdisciplinary group of researchers finally implemented a field test of the system at the Universitat Politecnica De Valencia, Spain. The system, the first of its kind, is a point to multipoint 92+ GHz wireless system.
The project, known as the TWEETHER project, is rolled out under the auspices of the TWEETHER Consortium, a group of European researchers drawn from the Lancaster University, Universitat Politecnica de Valencia (Spain), Thales MIS, OMMIC, Telecom ParisTech, Bowen, When-AB (France), Fibernova Systems, Goethe University in Frankfurt and HF Systems Engineering (Germany). The project is funded by the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 program.
TWEETHER is designed to facilitate the transmission of data at a neck-breaking speed of up to 10 Gigabit per second over a wide area for wireless fixed broadband and mobile networks. With a point-to-multipoint radio backhaul that operates with a 92 – 95 GHz frequency spectrum known as W-band, TWEETHER boasts of an unparalleled transmission capacity that’ll take 5G to the next level.
However, the system does not actually use several parts of the W-band, particularly the millimeter waves. But the consortium hopes to overcome this limitation in the nearest future. Millimeter waves can facilitate high-speed data transmissions due to the wide frequency bands that are currently available. Millimeter waves, therefore, hold the key to 5G future of supersonic data transmissions, and the TWEETHER Consortium is poised to harness their potentials in a wireless system.
No one is more pleased with the development than Prof. Paoloni, the leader of the consortium, who was overwhelmed by emotions when the TWEETHER system was mounted on the mast of the Universitat Politecnica de Valencia for the first test-run of data transmissions.
The professor expressed profound gratitude to all the members of the consortium who have helped in pursuing the aspirations for a 5G future where the inhibiting cost of fiber will no longer deprive millions of homes access to data connectivity and where gigabit per second transmission speeds are capabilities available to the mainstream. The TWEETHER millimeter wave system will soon become available to mobile network services, bringing us closer to the edge of the future of mainstream 5G services.
The TWEETHER millimeter wave technology has been developed to address the two main challenges of communication facing us today. The system provides us with capacities for transmitting data to and from 5G cell network grids at phenomenal speeds.
In addition to bringing us closer to the future of mainstream 5G deployment, the TWEETHER project is also poised to eliminate the cost impediments that are preventing access to data connectivity in millions of homes in areas where the installation and maintenance costs of fiber are deemed too expensive.