As network operators prepare the infrastructure for 5G by adding the capacity
needed for multi-gig speeds, ultra-low latency and much higher spectrum
efficiency, there are a number of tradeoffs to consider in terms of cost,
complexity and time. In this episode of the Smarter World Podcast, guest host
Teena Maddox, Associate Managing Editor with Tech Republic, discusses the
topic with Tareq Bustami, SVP and GM of network edge processing at NXP and
Garima Garg, Director of Technology Strategy at Verizon Wireless.
To make 5G available in all the places it’s needed – city centers, industrial
sites, suburban neighborhoods, rural areas – network operators are focused on
densification, which is the process of increasing available capacity by adding
more cell sites.
Making the right choices for densification will help create the best possible
5G experience by delivering faster access to information, lower power
consumption and longer battery life. Also, knowing how to leverage
software-defined architectures will make it easier to deliver new features.
Another consideration for 5G is that it uses higher frequencies, supporting
operation in the millimeter wave as well as the sub-6 GHz spectrum. There are
compelling reasons to use both parts of the spectrum means exploring options to make 5G
easier to deploy, no matter where in the spectrum
you plan to operate.
We’ve just started scratching the surface of 5G. Densification is
absolutely one of the key things to 5G, and to provide services with massive
connectivity, super-fast speed, ultra-low latency and low energy
Garima Garg, Verizon Wireless
The choices we make today will support growth for years to come. A number of
compelling use cases will come online soon and, over the longer term, many of
the most exciting 5G applications will leverage machine learning.
The technical community has really embraced the challenge of 5G. Everyone –
silicon players, the OEMs and ODMs who build equipment, software vendors
— takes on difficult problems and solves them really well.
Tareq Bustami, NXP
Listen to the full podcast, The Economics of Network Densification, with host
Teena Maddox, Associate Managing Editor with Tech Republic, Tareq Bustami, SVP
and GM of network edge processing at NXP, and Garima Garg, Director of Technology Strategy at Verizon Wireless.
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