By Sandra Rivera – Intel Corporation
When asked about 5G, people often think faster phones – but 5G is much more than a faster personal device connection. 5G is about intelligence, insights, efficiencies and innovation. It has the potential to reshape and propel entire industries forward. From city infrastructure and industrial automation to transportation and entertainment, 5G will be a disruptive force bringing new inventions and innovations. And we are proud the first 5G networks will run on Intel.
Intel hosted its 5G Summit in Los Angeles on the eve of Mobile World Congress Americas to highlight the progress we have made with our partners on 5G trials this year and to show how we are enabling their 5G solutions using Intel technology. We believe the next generation of communications will disrupt and transform networks and deliver content in newer, faster and more efficient ways. As the executive sponsor of Intel’s global 5G strategy, I am excited about the continued collaboration we have with communications and media industry leaders and the innovations we can develop together.
By 2035, the 5G industry value chain will be worth $2.5 trillion, the “multiplier effect” of 5G will produce $10 trillion of revenue, and the economic impact will be up to 2.2 million jobs in the U.S. alone (or $420 billion in annual U.S. GDP). These benefits will be seen inside and outside of the telecommunications industry.1
To prepare networks for 5G, communications service providers are swapping fixed-function hardware for software-defined computing platforms and pushing intelligence to the network edge. This move can lower costs, provide greater network control and automation, and perform the computing where it is needed most. Intel architecture plays a critical role in the network transformation required for 5G deployments by delivering an ideal combination of performance and flexibility to power an intelligent and ubiquitous network.
We have worked with partners, operators and media companies this year to conduct over 25 successful 5G wireless technology trials centered on new standards to drive an accelerated 5G rollout. At our 5G Summit in Los Angeles, we highlighted just a few of the industry leaders utilizing Intel technologies for their 5G solutions.
Radio Access Networks (RAN) are at the Forefront of Innovation
Phil Twist, vice president of marketing, Nokia* networks, joined me on-stage to discuss the benefits of Intel’s continued investment in world-class network silicon. Intel-powered high-performance processors are used in Nokia 5G E2E solutions based on Nokia Future X architecture – including Nokia ReefShark chipsets, AirScale radio access and AirFrame cloud solutions. Nokia ReefShark provides high-performance computing, networking and storage capabilities. For instance, reducing the size of some massive MIMO antenna equipment by up to 50 percent and lowering power consumption in some equipment by as much as 64 percent, compared with previous-generation platforms.
Also joining me onstage was Jawad Manssour, Ericsson* head of networks portfolio management, Product Area Networks, who articulated Ericsson’s end-to-end 5G strategy. He spoke of how Ericsson integrates Intel technologies to drive innovation across the RAN, network and cloud. Ericsson and Intel have been 5G development partners for almost five years. Our collaboration spans across connected vehicles, device development, network trials and industry initiatives, such as the 5G Innovators Initiative (5GI2), to accelerate the adoption of 5G wireless and infrastructure innovation globally.
Photo Credit: Intel Corporation
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