Wireless Communication Challenges in 5G towards Transforming Vertical Industries

Wireless Communication Challenges in 5G towards Transforming Vertical Industries

While the previous generations of mobile communications were focused on providing high rates and seamless connectivity for the user, 5G is poised to change the vertical industries, such as energy, transport, industrial production, and health. There is a common consensus that 5G will consists of three different modes: extended Mobile Broadband (eMBB), Machine-Type Communication (mMTC) and Ultra-Reliable Low-Latency Communication (URLLC). With mMTC, the vertical industries get access to data from massive amount of sensors and unprecedented insights in e.g. energy infrastructure or supply chain. URLLC represents one of the most innovative features of 5G, enabling mission-critical communications, such as reliable remote action with robots or coordination among vehicles. The value brought by URLLC can be understood as follows: Once a vertical industry can safely assume that wireless connectivity is “truly anywhere and anytime” and can be guaranteed e.g.  >99.999% of the time, the approach to system design and operation changes fundamentally. This talk will introduce challenges faced by wireless communication on the path of creating 5G and transforming the current vertical industries into connected, fully digital verticals. It will present the fundamental tradeoffs that exist in designing the modes URLLC and mMTC, as well as architectures for supporting those services along with the extemelly high rates offerend by eMBB.