Why satellite plays a crucial role in the roll-out of 5G

Why satellite plays a crucial role in the roll-out of 5G

Newtec in the press Monday 13 August 2018

A the world becomes increasingly interconnected, the demand for a faster and more reliable network grows.

5G promises ultra-fast data transmission, high reliability, and low latency. As a result, you can transfer more data with limited delays between devices, which will bring improved real-time capabilities.

Satellites are important to realize the potential of the 5G network. Fiber cables, which make up the backbone of 4G networks, have reached its limitations. A provider that continues to build on top of the existing infrastructure would only be burning money.

In an interview with Tech Wire Asia, Semir Hassanaly, Market Director for Cellular Backhaul and Trunking, Newtec, explained that satellites can reach more areas compared to fiber optics.

The marriage between satellite and wireless

Satellites take into account bandwidth, latency, network conditions and other application-specific requirements, then provision traffic based on availability.

“It is likely that 5G will first address urban areas and expand gradually to semi-urban areas,” Hassanaly suggested.

This is not to say satellites will make cabled connections redundant – in fact, satellites act as a link for areas with a limited connection to the main grid. The benefits of satellites are more prominent in rural areas, where 4G connections are limited due to lack of infrastructure availability.

In urban areas where the 4G connection is strongest, the role of a satellite is to ease any congestion in network traffic.

“It’s crucial that seamless connectivity is enabled in urban and rural areas for emergency services, broadcast or multicast and network offload schemes, aero and maritime mobility, connected cars and mobile backhaul,” Hassanaly said.

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