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5G + Virtualisation

5G the foundation for the “Networked Society” in Latin America

Carlos Alberto S. Camardella, Technology Evolution - Consultant, Claro, Brazil talks us through how Latin American operators can maximise the 5G opportunity.

Carlos Camardella

How can Latin American operators maximise the 5G opportunity?

5G is the promise to realize almost all the needs of the new digital consumer, enabling many services that are not possible now through a mobile network. This includes very low latency applications, massive Internet of Things (IoT) and on-demand services that will be natively supported by 5G standards. 5G will therefore be the foundation for realizing the full potential of the so called “Networked Society” and will enable operators to innovate in order to move into new markets and build new revenue streams with radically new business models and use cases. The new capabilities of 5G span several dimensions, so 5G and its innovative platform will lead to transformation of many industries and services, including transportation, utilities, public safety, healthcare, financial services, manufacturing and much more.

What are the greatest risks for 5G in Latin America?

The cloud-based architecture of 5G networks will require the virtualized cloud to be positioned closer to the customer and to applications. This will be achieved with small, distributed datacenters in order to allow any network function supported by 5G to be processed with low latency and high capacity. This is a great challenge, since it is a paradigm shift from the present mode of network deployment and operation. On the other hand, we will have RF problems which will be greater in high frequency bands such as 24GHz and above, but also in the lower spectrum bands like 3.5GHz, not to mention regulatory problems for site acquisitions in large cities.

You will be speaking at 5G & LTE Latin America - Could you give us a little bit of insight into what you plan to cover in your presentation?

The intent of the presentation is to first compare the latest 3GPP specifications for the 5G NSA (Non-Stand Alone) and LTE, scoring the technical and market motivators for the launch of these specifications. Then I intend to cover the expected evolution for 5G SA (Stand Alone - final standard) and the technical and regulatory difficulties for its adoption.

What are you most looking forward to with regards to speaking at, and attending, the 5G & LTE Latin America event in Rio de Janeiro on April 24-26?

This event is a great opportunity to showcase the current developments in the 5G technology and to talk an learn about the tests and trials being carried out by operators and vendors around the world. On the other hand, 5G & LTE Latin America also allows operators to receive feedback from our users on what they expect from us.

Hear more from Carlos Alberto S. Camardella at 5G & LTE Latin America 2018, taking place in Rio de Janeiro, 24-26th April.