Jose Otero, Director Latin America & Caribbean at 5G Americas, gives his views on 5G and LTE network developments so far.
What developments do you think we are likely to see to the mobile networks of the Latin America region during 2018?
LTE will continue its geographic expansion with a larger percentage of the regional population receiving coverage from at least one network. In addition, mobile networks will continue their path toward upgrading their networks with carrier aggregation in order to offer higher speeds via LTE Advanced.
What can we learn so far from 5G trials which have taken place in this region and worldwide?
The trials are being conducted to see the real life performance of advanced technologies under different topographic scenarios and by using different spectrum bands. The results provide necessary inputs about what could be expected from a commercial launch in various aspects, from network deployment costs to performance.
What use cases do you think will be key drivers for 5G commercialization?
Internet of Things and applications requiring low latency will be some of the initial commercial drivers of 5G.
What are some of the challenges on the road to 5G?
One of the main obstacles for 5G growth in Latin America will be the presence of robust backhaul. In other words, in many suburban and rural areas investment need to take place to install technology platforms capable of providing backhaul to a 5G antenna.
How can we solve the divide in connectivity between different nations and between urban and rural areas in Latin America?
Public and private sector working together to find a solution that allows for the provision of services to a country’s different regions. Public private partnerships are one of the existing alternatives.
Jose Otero will be speaking at 5G & LTE Latin America 2018, taking place in Rio de Janeiro, 24 - 26 April. Learn more.