Yesterday December 19th Financial Times dot com did a story on “5G wireless networks speeding towards an uncertain future”. I am working in the middle of the Telecom industry, and the portion I work in specializes in wireless telecom. With that said I had a interest in the story and simply wanted to share my input and observations, as I see them. For me the question is “if there really is a need for 5G wireless networks today?”.
Even though there is a good deal of push and support for the need of the technology that 5G foretells that it will bring, the question remains of is there current demand? There are government agencies, large conglomerates, and research academia that are pushing for the need for the need for such an expansion of bandwidth. As I admitted in the beginning of this article, I work for a company in the wireless telecom industry. To be exact, I work for a company named Last Mile Gear and we are a WISP equipment re-seller. We work directly with many of the manufacturers of 4G wireless radios, antennas, and wireless telecom equipment that the industry requires to offer the consumer wireless services. I felt it was a must to make it clear where I sit as I view the industry and write this article.
So, it is shared in the article that last month (November 2016) in Nevada there was a conference that set the hardware standards for the 5G technologies. Funny thing is that the software element for this future technology have yet to be agreed upon, if built at all. Just like many other technologies in the twentieth century like the propane vehicle, the Segway, and so on is 5G simply a technology that is being over hyped to serve the masses or the landlords.
I have been watching the demand for video increase and the world of mobile expand daily. I have no doubt at all that there is a growing demand for increased speed and bandwidth. The question seems to be how much need is there really going to be and how soon? I suppose that it would help for me to try and give an example of what all of this “5G versus 4G or 3G” technology stuff really equates to. I will use the example given by Financial Times Research:
Downloading a HD movie over 3G
9 Minutes 31 Seconds start to finish.
Downloading a HD movie over 4G
31 Seconds start to finish.
Downloading a HD movie over 5G
At 7.5Gbps, it takes around 1 Second start to finish.
Granted that the speeds of better 5G wireless networks would be great especially with increasing activities of mobile and video literally from minute to minute, there is the debate of is it too much too fast. Some in the world of telecom and economics are posing the concept that there might not be a need for such speeds and capacity. The consumers will only value so much speed in order to download beyond a certain rate of speed and volume.
In the future if I can watch a movie on my tablet or phone will it make me get rid of my home flat screen tv? Probably not. I do not watch my television because it is more convenient or offers me the ability to watch a movie in one second as opposed to one minute. The question remains that if you build it, will they come.
Across the worldwide market of information consumers, there are products and services that we never could have imagined ten years ago. What was the major reason for these technologies not to have been offered to the consumer? Most often, it was that there was no technology in place to support the delivery. I believe this will be a hotly debated issue for the next couple of years. I also believe that there will always be minds out in the world that will create innovation based on need and then demand. When it comes to the true demand and/or need for 5G technology now being real of inflated, only time and risk investments will answer that. The only thing I know for sure, by being in the industry, is that smart devices are growing smarter by month, week, day, and demand is growing by the minute. For the wireless internet service providers in the world, the better services that you can offer to your customers, currently and for the next decade or more, the better your growth, roi, and satisfaction.
I would like to give thanks and reference to financial times for the great article they wrote at this link.
We are happy to announce that Baicells and Last Mile Gear are teaming up to sell the Atom R9 indoor and Atom R9 outdoor CPE’s and the Nova R9 outdoor base stations. We are looking forward to see how we will be able to offer great unlicensed LTE solutions to our customers. We are proud to be taking part in the Baicells vision of “Connecting the Unconnected”.
The Baicells Atom R9 Indoor and Outdoor CPE’s (Customer Premises Equipment) offer great reliability and cost savings for both the business network owner and the wireless network customers. With the atom r9 indoor unit CPE’s 19.5dBi antenna design, you can get signal through the most punishing conditions. Baicells has specifically designed the Atom R9’s to provide the highest gain integrated antenna available on the LTE market to connect your customers anywhere they may be. (more…)
Giving your customers wireless surveillance network the power by adding a Planet WGS-4215-8P2S can give them the peace of mind and give your business the growth you need. It is the third time that your customer’s office building has been broken into. They have already invested thousands of dollars into many high-end surveillance cameras and the monitoring system. Yet when they go to the video to identify the culprits, no video. After a few days of tracking down the failure you find that it was two problems with the system. The first problem is that the cameras that had a great vantage point of view of the criminals and the car getting away, were not on the managed system. Next you find that the cameras that were on the system, were not getting the power they needed to operate at proper levels. You better think of something fast and effective. Your boss or your customer is looking for not just answers, but a fix.
You realize quickly that you need a better system of PoE switches for the surveillance network. The switches they currently have are giving the amount of ports needed for every camera, thus making the managed system blind to some areas, as well as not offering the PoE functionality for reliable performance. You can do what the previous manager did and go with a consumer manufactured switch and hope for the best. You always have the option of purchasing an industrial product switch for thousands of dollars and have an overbuilt setup that may or may not work with the existing network system. Then there is the option from Planet Technologies. The Industrial wall mounted managed gigabit Ethernet switch named Planet-WGS-4215-8P2S. (more…)
cnPilot E400 promotion. cnPilot™ Outdoor is an 802.11ac dual band enterprise grade WiFi access point that offers simplified end-to-end management combined with Cambium’s cnMaestro™ cloud-management solution. cnPilot™ outdoor allows service providers to monetize public WiFi. As a WISP ourselves, we know the importance of expanding our business lines and that goes beyond the residential consumer. The October thru December special is that the end user (customers) can buy 10 cnPilot E400 APs and get 3 additional cnPilot E400 APs free. This promotion starts October 17th and runs through to December 16th 2016.
I came across this video session of a direct questions and answers with Mimosa that was done on September 2016. We have been working with our independent tests of the AP’s from them but we have been pretty happy with the product they are producing and the little hiccups that they have had and address immediately. We just thought it might be something for our customers to see that they did have the grit to come out and have a direct Q&A. If you have question s that are not answered here in the video, give our team a call as we have been dissecting the products and have some tips of our own that might help. I do apologize for such a short post, but i will be back with more soon.
10Gbps Wireless Solution is a strong statement to make. Last Mile Gear and NEC are making that claim with the NEC iPASOLINK EX10G point to point wireless solution. Delivering an incredible 10 Gbps super high capacity E-band (80GHz) radio is of no use without great product and industry knowledge and support, which NEC and Last Mile Gear share. ELVA-1 claims to be the only or the best with their PPC-10G outdoor radio. A fair comparison is only fair when both are invited to compare. We intend to make the argument for the iPASOLINK EX from NEC, available at Last Mile Gear as well as other great performing equipment from NEC. If your looking for a true 10Gbps Wireless Solution for your network then you need to investigate the iPASOLINK EX from NEC and Last Mile Gear.
At a glance the iPASOLINK EX offer the following factors:
10Gbps Full Duplex, Pure Packet, High Capacity (80GHz Band)
Ideal for LTE Small Cell Aggregation (Zero Footprint)
Hitless Adaptive Modulation and Bandwidth (QPSK-256QAM)
Intelligent Carrier Class L2 Packet Switch (8 Class QoS)