5G was high on the agenda at ITU Telecom World 2019, both in the discussions and across the showfloor, with a host of different 5G powered applications on show. Delegates were invited to drive 5G cars with AR headsets, explore how 5G can administer ultrasounds, play multiplayer 5G tennis and discover some of the products and services 5G technology can enable
Helping networks be fit for today and being 5G-ready is critical, and Ericsson outlined how it is helping customers “break the energy curve,” developing cost-efficient upgrades from 2G up to 5G. Visitors to their stand were also able to explore real time 5G interaction, through an example of a remote ultrasound scan administered with a haptic glove over 5G between an ‘ambulance’ and a ‘hospital’.
Visitors were able to experience a tennis game in real-time at Vodafone’s 5G truck, with a multiplayer 5G VR game of tennis. Thanks to 5G’s dramatically increased bandwidth and reduced latency, the tennis ball can be served, and volleyed up and down the court between players, experiencing the game unroll as if they were on court.
China Mobile also showcased different areas of the 5G ecosystem, including 5G Smart City, 5G converged ecosystem, 5G Smart network, as well as outlining their 5G+ strategy, showing 5G+4G synergistic development.
Huawei also showcased its 5G is ON truck, provided a glimpse into applications of 5G in areas such media, entertainment or smart transport.
Discussions on 5G today included a look at 5G: The state of play and will continue throughout the week in the Forum too. Look out for sessions such as 5G and Future Networks: creating an enabling regulatory environment through public-private collaboration, Regulatory Dialogue: spectrum challenges ahead of WRC-19 or the ripple effect of spectrum pricing on economies