Wireless Congress – Afif Osseiran (Ericsson)

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15 years of wireless experience. In 2004 the Wireless Congress: Systems & Applications started in parallel to electronica. Today the Congress is one of the major meeting places for the wireless community, providing the well-established platform for wireless professionals.

On Wednedsay, November 14, Afif Osseiran, Director, Industry Engagements & Research Ericsson, will talk about the potential of 5G for Industry 4.0. He has already spoken to the electronica blog in the run-up to the trade fair and the Wireless Congress.

electronica Blog (eB): What is the main difference between 5G and previous generations of cellular networks?

Afif Osseiran (AO):The previous generation has mainly dealt with consumers where the service has evolved from voice only in 2G to video and data in 4G. 5G by construction aims to address wider applications (and services) in most if not all sectors of the economy: from utilities to manufacturing. In essence, 5G supports three types of communication: enhanced mobile broadband (eMBB), massive machine-type communication (mMTC), and critical massive machine-type communication (cMTC). We can easily state that one of the main differences between 5G and previous generations of cellular networks is 5G’s strong focus on machine-type communication and the IoT.

eB: Which role does 5G play in IoT?

AO: 5G will provide a unified communication platform for IoT. Connectivity and in particular wireless communication is a critical component of IoT. It will provide powerful and pervasive connectivity between machines, people and objects. And in particular 5G, is an important means of achieving the required e.g. flexibility of production, supporting new advanced mobile applications for workers, and allowing mobile robots and autonomous vehicles to collaborate etc…

eB: What are the tasks of the 5G Alliance and who are the members?

AO: The main goal of 5G-ACIA is to act as the central and global forum for addressing, and evaluating relevant technical, regulatory, and business aspects with respect to 5G for the industrial domain. The alliance consists of 40 members  and has been growing since it was announced in April this year. It reflects the whole ecosystem and all relevant stakeholder groups from the OT industry (industrial automation, machine builders, end users, etc.), ICT industry (chip manufacturers, network infrastructure vendors, mobile network operators, etc.). We Ericsson believe in the importance of such organization for the benefit of spreading 5G and making it jointly with the major industrial players to address their real requirements.

eB: Apart from IoT, which other sectors will benefit from 5G as well?

AO: 5G intends to address all possible sectors, in addition to the consumer one, automotive, media, transport, mining and manufacturing are the prominent ones. Other sectors such as utilities, agriculture and smart cities will also benefit from 5G.

eB: How quickly will 5G have a noticeable impact on consumers?

 AO: The majority of the end-consumers have to wait at least to 2022 before the 5G impact is directly perceived. For instance in 2025 we expect 15% of the global mobile connections will be 5G related.

Afif Osseiran, “The potential of 5G for Industry 4.0”, November 14, 10 am, Wireless Congress, ICM