Imagine switching on your microwave oven to reheat your son's evening tiffin sitting in your office. Or moderating the output of a machine in your factory sitting in the transit lounge in Hong Kong. All at the click of a button on your mobile phone. Sounds improbable? Not quite, for this will soon become a reality with global telcos bracing themselves for machines that will be connected to telecom networks.
"The industry will be 5G ready by 2020. The idea is to increase the thru-put by 1,000 times with 1,000 times more spectrum and 1,000 times reduced energy," Wen Tong, head of the 5G mission at Huawei Technologies, the Chinese telco, said.
A group of telecom firms such as Huawei, Ericsson and Samsung have started groundwork on 5G. "This is one of the top priority areas for us. We started work on this in 2009. The standards for 5G will be out in 2015 and rollout could be 2020. We will lead the 5G revolution," he said. Huawei started work on 5G in 2009 and has already deployed 200 engineers on the R&D work.
Companies are working towards common technologies to make it both effective cost-wise and tech-wise. 5G becomes important in a world where more gadgets and appliances â€” from houses and cars to consumer goods â€” get connected to the internet through the mobile phone.
India, which is stuck in the red-tape quagmire on telecom, is in the throes of a telecom revolution with billionaire Mukesh Ambani rolling up his sleeves to launch 4G services sometime in 2014. A 4G system provides mobile ultra-broadband internet access with USB wireless modems to mobile devices.
Betting on the Indian business , Huawei aims to double revenues to $70 billion by 2017. It has implemented a Total Unit Programme for its Indian staffers whereby senior employees who complete three years will be eligible for equity stakes. The pilot, launched in India in February, covers around 500 employees.