Many people regard information about 5G as telecommunications fantastic. In the end, operators still have a lot to do with existing LTE networks. However, some telecoms have quite serious (and real) plans related to new technology. A good example here is the German branch of T-Mobile, which a few days ago announced that by 2025 99% of the German population will live within the scope of the 5G magenta network.
Deutsche Telekom, the German branch of T-Mobile, recently boasted its plans to implement the 5G network behind our western border. The carrier does not intend to build a 5G network from scratch. The operator has already made sure that 27,000 existing base stations could be expanded in the near future with the equipment needed for 5G operation. The first phase of the investment, which will last until 2021, will absorb as much as EUR 20 billion. However, it is necessary to secure the national coverage of 5G by 2025. This means that T-Mobile intends to devote new technologies to the new technology, as well as currently owned frequencies. It is, among others, for the 800 MHz band, which are characterized by long ranges.
T-Mobile already has the idea how to use 5G in practice
No operator will implement 5G for the mere possession of new technology. We must remember that 5G is really a platform that will allow operators to provide unprecedented services. One might be tempted to say that the new technology will eliminate the current limitations of radio technologies. This means that the only limitation will be the imagination of service providers. That’s why mobile network operators around the world are looking for partners who have an idea for using 5G. For T-Mobile it is, among others Niantic, a company responsible for games using augmented reality: Pokémon GO and Ingress PRIME. The second partner is MobiledgeX, which specializes in edge servers. What does this connection mean? We do not know that, but we can let go of fantasy.
Edge servers are to be installed right next to the 5G base stations. They will run services requiring huge data rates and minimal delays. This means that Niantic, MobiledgeX and T-Mobile can work on a game service using AR goggles and 5G networks. One base station will easily handle the area of the size of a sports field where you can play games using augmented reality. Just imagine the next version of Pokemon GO, in which we could see with our own eyes the full-size Charizard standing in a nearby park. That would be something.