Wearable Tech is main 5G use case says ZTE
ZTE’s chief scientist Xiang Jiying thinks wearable technology will be the major use case in the 5G revolution and has opened up on the Chinese’s company’s plans to lead the way into next generation network.
‘It will be able to support 10 times more devices compared with 4G’, he said, whilst speaking to the Wall Street Journal. ‘Wearable devices like smart glasses and smartwatches will start to play more central roles. Right now, wearable devices are not very good, but I believe this will change. In the future, every handset will eventually be replaced by an eyeglass or some other type of wearable device’.
‘In 2G and 3G, we were far behind Ericsson. With 4G, we got a lot closer. And with 5G I think we are nearly at the same level’
ZTE plans to plough $400 million into 5G development this year. After beginning research in 2012, the company invested $200 million into research and development in 2014 as it focused on both 5G and ‘pre-5G’, which incorporates certain key 5G technologies in an upgraded version of a 4G network.
‘In 2G and 3G, we were far behind Ericsson’, he said. ‘With 4G, we got a lot closer. And with 5G I think we are nearly at the same level’. With eight 5G research centres worldwide, ZTE is hoping to become a market leader, but Xiang admits that the network is still a long way off.
‘Most of the 5G technology is already technically feasible today, but the biggest challenge is implementation’, he said. ‘The process of setting the standard can be very slow. Discussions about how to define the standard alone can take over a year. Chipset design can take a year or two, and it can only be developed after there is an agreement on standards. It also takes time for carriers to upgrade their base stations’.
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