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Why 5G?

By Cablefax Guest Columnist

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By Chris Bastian, Senior Vice President/CTO, SCTE/ISBE

For wireless network operators, the buzz for many years now, dating back to at least 2008, has been about the next-generation wireless specification, or 5G, and when it will be generally available.

Why the rush? What are the 5G capabilities that will be superior to the current 4G/LTE-Advanced standards?

The generally agreed-upon 5G design goals are:

  • Improved RF coverage
  • Greater individual peak data rates, over 1 Gbps, to support applications including fixed residential broadband (a potential competitor to cable modem-based service)
  • Lower latency than 4G—less than 10 ms, to support applications like virtual reality
  • Channel bandwidth up to 800 MHz, in the millimeter wave spectrum
  • Higher spectral efficiency than 4G
  • New architecture embracing network virtualization and “network slicing,” which will enable the core network to support different applications simultaneously
  • Support for new use cases such as the Internet of Things
  • More energy efficient

Current 4G/LTE-Advanced capabilities are:

  • A nominal data rate of 100 Mbps when the client is moving, and optimally up to 1 Gbps under fixed conditions
  • Scalable channel bandwidth up to 20 MHz, and optionally up to 40 MHz
  • Peak link spectral efficiency of 15 bits/s/Hz in the downlink and 6.75 bits/s/Hz in the uplink
  • Increased number of simultaneously active subscribers per cell

LTE-Advanced is not waiting for 5G and continues to evolve. However, there is a difference of opinion in the tech community as to how long LTE-Advanced can support ever-increasing subscriber and network demands.

Need for Standardization

As with any new network capability, the benefits of standardizing 5G are:

  • Speeding up market introduction and expediting adoptionand deployment
  • Ensuring interoperability between network equipment
  • Lowering the cost by eliminating redundancy and minimizing errors
  • Opening up market access and providing economies of scale
  • Simplifying how to understand and compare competing products
  • Enabling companies to comply with government policies and regulations
  • Ensuring safety, reliability, and environmental care

The development of 5G standards is primarily governed through IEEE and 3GPP.

Anticipated Timeline

Several pilots are already underway using proprietary solutions based on what 5G may become. Some examples are:

  • AT&T is conducting 5G trials in such a way to be able to pivot to compliant commercial deployments once 5G technology standards are set. International standards body 3GPP will likely complete the first phase of that standardization process in 2018. Meanwhile, AT&T continues to evolve its 4G network to deliver higher capacity and the best experience for its customers. (AT&T, February 2016)
  • Sprint will collaborate with Nokia and Ericsson to trial its 5G millimeter wave technology at the Centennial Copa America soccer event. (Sprint, May 2016)
  • Samsung to collaborate with T-Mobile on 5G mobile network technology demonstrations and trials. (Samsung, September 2016)
  • Verizon to deliver 5G service to pilot customers in 11 markets across the U.S. by mid-2017. (Verizon, February 2017)

Operational pilots will continue into 2018 and 2019. Most equipment vendors and analysts predict that standardized 5G equipment will become generally available in 2020 or later.

SCTE•ISBE Wireless Working Group

Last year, SCTE•ISBE launched its Wireless Working Group, as part of its Network Operations Subcommittee (NOS). The group’s charter is to evaluate and develop best practices and share expertise via the creation and publication of operational practices and standards related to the design, installation, operation, and maintenance of wireless access networks managed by cable operators.

These wireless networks currently include cellular, point-to-point, and Wi-Fi technology in commercial, residential, and outdoor environments. As the 5G specifications and field trials evolve, this working group will be developing the tools necessary for cable field operations to support 5G. For more information, please see http://www.scte.org/standards.

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Why 5G?

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By Cablefax Guest Columnist

By Chris Bastian, Senior Vice President/CTO, SCTE/ISBE

For wireless network operators, the buzz for many years now, dating back to at least 2008, has been about the next-generation wireless specification, or 5G, and when it will be generally available.

Why the rush? What are the 5G capabilities that will be superior to the current 4G/LTE-Advanced standards?

The generally agreed-upon 5G design goals are:

  • Improved RF coverage
  • Greater individual peak data rates, over 1 Gbps, to support applications including fixed residential broadband (a potential competitor to cable modem-based service)
  • Lower latency than 4G—less than 10 ms, to support applications like virtual reality
  • Channel bandwidth up to 800 MHz, in the millimeter wave spectrum
  • Higher spectral efficiency than 4G
  • New architecture embracing network virtualization and “network slicing,” which will enable the core network to support different applications simultaneously
  • Support for new use cases such as the Internet of Things
  • More energy efficient

Current 4G/LTE-Advanced capabilities are:

  • A nominal data rate of 100 Mbps when the client is moving, and optimally up to 1 Gbps under fixed conditions
  • Scalable channel bandwidth up to 20 MHz, and optionally up to 40 MHz
  • Peak link spectral efficiency of 15 bits/s/Hz in the downlink and 6.75 bits/s/Hz in the uplink
  • Increased number of simultaneously active subscribers per cell

LTE-Advanced is not waiting for 5G and continues to evolve. However, there is a difference of opinion in the tech community as to how long LTE-Advanced can support ever-increasing subscriber and network demands.

Need for Standardization

As with any new network capability, the benefits of standardizing 5G are:

  • Speeding up market introduction and expediting adoptionand deployment
  • Ensuring interoperability between network equipment
  • Lowering the cost by eliminating redundancy and minimizing errors
  • Opening up market access and providing economies of scale
  • Simplifying how to understand and compare competing products
  • Enabling companies to comply with government policies and regulations
  • Ensuring safety, reliability, and environmental care

The development of 5G standards is primarily governed through IEEE and 3GPP.

Anticipated Timeline

Several pilots are already underway using proprietary solutions based on what 5G may become. Some examples are:

  • AT&T is conducting 5G trials in such a way to be able to pivot to compliant commercial deployments once 5G technology standards are set. International standards body 3GPP will likely complete the first phase of that standardization process in 2018. Meanwhile, AT&T continues to evolve its 4G network to deliver higher capacity and the best experience for its customers. (AT&T, February 2016)
  • Sprint will collaborate with Nokia and Ericsson to trial its 5G millimeter wave technology at the Centennial Copa America soccer event. (Sprint, May 2016)
  • Samsung to collaborate with T-Mobile on 5G mobile network technology demonstrations and trials. (Samsung, September 2016)
  • Verizon to deliver 5G service to pilot customers in 11 markets across the U.S. by mid-2017. (Verizon, February 2017)

Operational pilots will continue into 2018 and 2019. Most equipment vendors and analysts predict that standardized 5G equipment will become generally available in 2020 or later.

SCTE•ISBE Wireless Working Group

Last year, SCTE•ISBE launched its Wireless Working Group, as part of its Network Operations Subcommittee (NOS). The group’s charter is to evaluate and develop best practices and share expertise via the creation and publication of operational practices and standards related to the design, installation, operation, and maintenance of wireless access networks managed by cable operators.

These wireless networks currently include cellular, point-to-point, and Wi-Fi technology in commercial, residential, and outdoor environments. As the 5G specifications and field trials evolve, this working group will be developing the tools necessary for cable field operations to support 5G. For more information, please see http://www.scte.org/standards.

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Ensure Success for your Transportation IoT Project with Seamless Connectivity

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By IoT Now Magazine

11th May 2017 15:00 BST The adoption of IoT technology is disruptive and innovation is needed when connecting things that are constantly moving. But cellular networks are not always ubiquitous as coverage differs by location. Understanding how to create seamless connectivity for your business-critical moving assets is key for the success of your IoT deployment.

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Ensure Success for your Transportation IoT Project with Seamless Connectivity

By IoT Now Magazine

11th May 2017 15:00 BST The adoption of IoT technology is disruptive and innovation is needed when connecting things that are constantly moving. But cellular networks are not always ubiquitous as coverage differs by location. Understanding how to create seamless connectivity for your business-critical moving assets is key for the success of your IoT deployment.

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Ensure Success for your Transportation IoT Project with Seamless Connectivity

By IoT Now Magazine

11th May 2017 15:00 BST The adoption of IoT technology is disruptive and innovation is needed when connecting things that are constantly moving. But cellular networks are not always ubiquitous as coverage differs by location. Understanding how to create seamless connectivity for your business-critical moving assets is key for the success of your IoT deployment.

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Ensure Success for your Transportation IoT Project with Seamless Connectivity

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By IoT Now Magazine

11th May 2017 15:00 BST The adoption of IoT technology is disruptive and innovation is needed when connecting things that are constantly moving. But cellular networks are not always ubiquitous as coverage differs by location. Understanding how to create seamless connectivity for your business-critical moving assets is key for the success of your IoT deployment.

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Intel scraps annual IDF event as it looks beyond PCs

By Agam Shah

After 20 years, Intel is scrapping its marquee annual Intel Developer Forum event, where tech enthusiasts gathered to load up on the chipmaker’s news and technologies.

IDF started off in 1997 as a small event in Palm Springs, California. The show was later moved to San Francisco and vastly expanded during a boom in the PC market.

But with the PC market slowing down, the attraction of IDF has also dwindled. Intel’s future isn’t tied to PCs but instead to areas like data centers, autonomous cars, modems, the internet of things, and manufacturing.

Last year, IDF events were held in San Francisco and Beijing, and neither will happen this year. An event was scheduled this year from Aug. 15 to 17 in San Francisco, according to a calendar for Moscone Convention Center, but it has been canceled.

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Intel scraps annual IDF event as it looks beyond PCs

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By Agam Shah

After 20 years, Intel is scrapping its marquee annual Intel Developer Forum event, where tech enthusiasts gathered to load up on the chipmaker’s news and technologies.

IDF started off in 1997 as a small event in Palm Springs, California. The show was later moved to San Francisco and vastly expanded during a boom in the PC market.

But with the PC market slowing down, the attraction of IDF has also dwindled. Intel’s future isn’t tied to PCs but instead to areas like data centers, autonomous cars, modems, the internet of things, and manufacturing.

Last year, IDF events were held in San Francisco and Beijing, and neither will happen this year. An event was scheduled this year from Aug. 15 to 17 in San Francisco, according to a calendar for Moscone Convention Center, but it has been canceled.

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Actility Closes $75M Series D to Accelerate Industrial IoT Solutions Globally

Actility, a carrier-grade IoT platform and LPWAN (low power wide area network) solution provider raised $75M Series D on April 12. The latest round was led by Inmarsat, Bosch, and Creadev with 7 other investors including Foxconn Technology Group. Before this, Actility had raised $25M Series C in June 2015 led by Geneva-based Ginko Ventures.

The company announced to use the funding proceeds for expanding in key verticals: logistics and supply chain; smart buildings; and energy & utilities. The capital will also help Actility expand to the US market and build strength in China. Apart from market expansions, it plans to launch a global location and tracking service. The company plans to close another funding round later this month.

One of the major successes of Actility has been ThingPark, an integrated platform designed to enable IoT services for any market sector, enabling connectivity, and a full set of IoT applications.

The platform is an implementation of the LoRa protocol for long-range, low-power wireless networks capable of sending two-way signals over two to five kilometers in a city, and up to 15 kilometers in open countryside.

A key reason for investors lining up behind Actility is its rapid growth in the emerging LoRaWAN ecosystem for IoT applications. Actility’s platform is radio-agnostic and supports capabilities such as location and roaming.

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Actility Closes $75M Series D to Accelerate Industrial IoT Solutions Globally

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Actility, a carrier-grade IoT platform and LPWAN (low power wide area network) solution provider raised $75M Series D on April 12. The latest round was led by Inmarsat, Bosch, and Creadev with 7 other investors including Foxconn Technology Group. Before this, Actility had raised $25M Series C in June 2015 led by Geneva-based Ginko Ventures.

The company announced to use the funding proceeds for expanding in key verticals: logistics and supply chain; smart buildings; and energy & utilities. The capital will also help Actility expand to the US market and build strength in China. Apart from market expansions, it plans to launch a global location and tracking service. The company plans to close another funding round later this month.

One of the major successes of Actility has been ThingPark, an integrated platform designed to enable IoT services for any market sector, enabling connectivity, and a full set of IoT applications.

The platform is an implementation of the LoRa protocol for long-range, low-power wireless networks capable of sending two-way signals over two to five kilometers in a city, and up to 15 kilometers in open countryside.

A key reason for investors lining up behind Actility is its rapid growth in the emerging LoRaWAN ecosystem for IoT applications. Actility’s platform is radio-agnostic and supports capabilities such as location and roaming.

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