5Qs on 5G: With Jasper

Sanjay Khatri, Director of Product Marketing at Jasper

Enabling the growth and connectivity of the Internet of Things (IoT) is set to be a key driver in the development of 5G specifications. With Jasper pushing the idea of the IoT as a service, Sanjay Khatri, Director of Product Marketing, spoke to Inside5G about how Jasper views 5G.

1. What can Jasper contribute to 5G?

Jasper can provide input on optimal device characteristics for cellular IoT applications.  Specifically, network usage best practices that ensure a “do-no-harm” scenario, especially when deploying massive number of devices that have very unpredictable usage profiles.

2. What will the main use cases of 5G be and can one network meet the needs of these?

Increased bandwidth and lower latency are two attributes that have come to be expected in each generational advancement of mobile technologies.  In addition, the list of 5G requirements from various quarters of the industry eco-system has added other attributes like low power, low throughput and high density of connections.  It is unclear that all of these can be met with a single network.

“regardless of which “G” it is accompanied with, the industry should focus on the use case for low power, low bandwidth devices”

Jasper does believe that regardless of which “G” it is accompanied with, the industry should focus on the use case for low power, low bandwidth devices such as those used in IoT.  This will make it possible for everything from environmental sensors in agriculture, to smart meters, to building automation to wearables to be economic viable for wide area wireless connectivity.

3. How will your business change when 5G becomes a reality?

The assumption is that bandwidth and latency improvements will be part of 5G regardless of the current debates on the overall set of requirements.  In such an eventuality, the impact on Jasper’s business will be felt in the Connected Car segment, where the technology enhancements will open up opportunities for a wealth of new innovation.

“autonomous driving, vehicle-to-vehicle, vehicle-to-infrastructure applications”

Low latency (<1 ms) will expand use cases within this segment by enabling autonomous driving, vehicle-to-vehicle, vehicle-to-infrastructure applications. Of course higher bandwidth is also applicable in this space.

If low-power, low-bandwidth attributes (and hence low cost) are part of the standard, then 5G will present a great opportunity for enterprises to capitalise on connectivity, and will serve to expand the total available market for cellular m2m and IoT.

4. Which verticals is 5G likely to impact the most and why?

As above, the automotive space is likely to get a real boost from 5G , as low latency will enable an ecosystem in which features such as autofocus driving and in-car applications can thrive.

5. Will 5G be an evolution or a revolution in terms of networking?

“5G will be an evolution”

This depends on the time frame we are evaluating against.  The next 5–8 years is all about 4G coverage and adoption.  So by that definition, 5G will be an evolution.

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