By Nnamdi Odumody
Qualcomm will showcase the capacity of 5G chipsets and antennas with a live 5G network, and a range of industrial IOT (IIOT) applications, at this week’s Hannover Messe, an industrial technology trade show in Hannover, Germany. It partnered with Bosch, Festo, Goething, IFAK, Siemens, Weidmueller and Zeiss to highlight various use cases for its 5G technology in IIOT solutions.
Qualcomm is showcasing 5G’s strongest industrial applications and has selected the most enterprise-ready applications of the technology to exhibit at Hannover. Some of the partnerships highlight how its technology is well suited for data transmission for robotics in large manufacturing plants because 5G offers increased bandwidth and data transmission rates as well as lower latency. An example of this is Goetting which will use Qualcomm’s 5G technologies to help teleoperate an autonomously guided vehicle, with low latency, which is important for high precision driving in tight factory settings.
With Qualcomm’s live demonstration of 5G technology, industry leaders will know that the technology is ready for large scale IIOT integration, the company hopes. Dedicated showcases of 5G enabled IIOT products and its potential applications will be a great selling point for larger enterprises. In crowded exhibition halls, fast upload and downloads of data. could convince decision makers of 5G’s high speed by making them visible beyond data points.
Apart from Qualcomm, US network provider Sprint has launched a 5G experience centre at its headquarters in Overland Park, Kansas which will help enterprise clients visualize the technology and its potential applications. With 5G, users can experience increased bandwidth and data transmission rates up to 10 times faster than 4G LTE and 5G networks will support up to 10 times more devices than 4G networks at connection node.
It is important for Nigerian telecommunication services providers like MTN, Globacom, 9 Mobile and Airtel to invest in 5G technology as countries like China, United States, South Korea with SK Telecom and Samsung collaborating to launch a nationwide rollout of the technology, are already deploying it to augment capabilities in critical sectors to enhance productivity and economic growth. Globally, 60 percent of IOT providers have plans to incorporate 5G technology into their products or services by 2023. This means that Nigeria needs to ensure we invest in this critical technology and have a clear 5G future, despite the paralysis experienced, in the 4G LTE era.