Mobile World Congress, which is held in Barcelona, is considered a celebration of smartphone fans. This is due to the fact that it is during this event that flagship brands such as Samsung, LG, Huawei or Nokia (HMD Global) are presented. However, we also can not forget that MWC is a place where telecommunications equipment manufacturers and operators are talking about their plans. Thanks to the speeches of the German branch of T-Mobile, we learned that the 5G commercial network will start running this year.
Deutsche Telekom (which is T-Mobile Germany) is one of those operators who devotes a lot of funds for investments related to 5G. We have already heard about successful tests conducted together with Huawei, which resulted in the launch of 3 5G base stations in Berlin. On the occasion of the speech at MWC 2018, we learned that Deutsche Telekom invests heavily in its backbone network. Next-generation cellular networks will also need a capacious fiber-optic network in addition to base stations. That’s why T-Mobile put 40,000 km of optical fiber last year. This year, investments will be conducted on a wider scale. The entire T-Mobile group has in Europe up to 700,000 km of optical fibers. Therefore, it can be fairly confident that this operator is already prepared for the traffic generated by the new 5G base stations.
The first tests of the 5G NR commercial network will begin at the end of 2018
The 3GPP organization has already finished work on the 5G NR (New Radio) network standard operating in the Non-Standalone mode (in cooperation with LTE). However, base station and chipset manufacturers have already announced the completion of the first successful interoperability tests. That is why everything is on the right track to start testing the commercial network this year, which we will be able to use in 2019. The schedule is very tight, but all companies working on 5G agree that they will make it. In turn, the operators are wondering how to use the new 5G infrastructure in practice. That’s why T-Mobile has already launched the hub:raum technology incubator for some time, in which startups are working on the application of new technology. One of them is the initial diagnosis of the patient during transport to the hospital.
Source: Deutsche Telekom