Mobile World Congress is the center of attention for the wireless industry. From sleek new folding phone designs to AI-powered 4K video applications, innovation leaders showcased their latest technology offerings. Many of the showcased products and conversations hinged on the latest developments taking the industry by storm – 5G. While the promise of 5G allows us to speculate on the ways it will be used to power future technology, the real challenge is how we’ll be able to deploy 5G and best support its use.
That’s why robust wireless infrastructure will be the critical factor in how successfully the industry will usher in the new era of cellular connectivity and IoT. As we saw in the transition from 3G to 4G and now 4G to 5G, prior network technologies will continue to be relevant for some time. The melting pot of ubiquitous connectivity will grow to include even more components, creating a complete wireless ecosystem. Carriers will continue to race to be the first to successfully offer 5G to its end users, and infrastructure is going to be the critical element that dictates when widespread access will become a reality. Through Zinwave’s distributed antenna system (DAS), end users are able to utilize all of today’s wireless offerings and can be confident that full-spectrum access will support the offerings of the future.
Finding a solution that allows users to evolve with the industry will be crucial when designing a complete wireless ecosystem indoors.
For end users, connectivity is a key resource when adopting new technology, such as AI or IoT applications. As speed and capacity needs increase, users will need in-building wireless architecture that is ready to support current technologies as well as those on the horizon. 5G will take advantage of new frequencies, increasing the demand for full-spectrum support that also includes the cellular and public safety frequencies in use today. This full-spectrum support will enable end users to reap the maximum benefits of wireless connectivity, today and tomorrow.
IoT technologies on display at this year’s MWC illustrated the reality of how crucial reliable and robust connectivity will be for supporting these applications and realizing their benefits. While use cases such as IoT applications and 4K video will drive interest in upgrading to 5G, abandoning the use of 2G, 3G, and 4G will not be practical. That’s why a robust wireless infrastructure must incorporate access to all cellular frequencies, both now and in the future, while also providing support for public safety. Finding a solution that allows users to evolve with the industry will be crucial when designing a complete wireless ecosystem indoors. With the all-fiber, ultra-wideband architecture of our DAS solution, end-users are able to access the entire wireless spectrum while also having the ability to update for future frequency requirements from the point of installation, mitigating the need for disruptive and expensive hardware or cabling infrastructure additions.
Whether powering the latest smartphone or enhancing IoT applications, 5G is poised to deliver lower latency and higher bandwidth to end users than ever before. The technology on display at this year’s MWC highlights the fact that reliable indoor wireless connectivity will need to become more robust and solve for an even broader band of frequencies in the years to come.