5G Developments Bring It Closer to the MainstreamBy Sofía Hanna | Thu, 11/12/2020 - 09:59
5G technology brings a technological revolution with new challenges and opportunities. In a recent release, Qualcomm stated it will be collaborating with DISH to develop the first Open Radio Access Network (O-RAN) compliant 5G development in the US. While this new technology is growing, how will Mexico face this technological advance?
The company announced its collaboration with DISH will help advance the implementation of DISH using a 5G network compatible with O-RAN. This will allow providers in emerging networks to accelerate the deployment and commercialization of Virtual RAN (vRAN), opening opportunities that come along with 5G. “By further expanding its portfolio of 5G infrastructure solutions to include O-RAN specifications that are compliant with DISH’s open architecture and implementation, Qualcomm Technologies will enable greater flexibility in the deployment of our 5G vRAN equipment,” said Marc Rouanne, Executive Vice President and Chief Network Office of DISH, according to Qualcomm’s release. “These insights are the foundation of our data-centric and fully automated network architecture.”
O-RAN compliance will enable a more vibrant and competitive RAN with faster innovation and efficiency in operations, according to the O-RAN alliance. In a previous interview with MBN, Ricardo Anaya, Product Manager of Qualcomm Mexico, he stated that the company is in its "Invention Age,” where their concept is to be disruptive. “The next big inventions will include the Internet of Things, the next generation of connected auto and 5G," he said. Qualcomm is the world's leading wireless technology innovator and a huge contributor toward the 5G expansion.
Even though advances are ongoing regarding 5G technology, Mexico has challenges to face before joining the 5G revolution, according to Forbes. Edgar Fierro, Vice President and Country Manager of IDC Mexico, stated there needs to be a bigger investment from funds to take advantage of these technologies, reports Forbes. The country must also come to terms with this digital transition, which involves changes in infrastructure so the technology can actually work as it should, said Saúl López Noriega, Professor and Researcher at CIDE, in an interview with Nexos. At the moment, there is no infrastructure to support 5G in Mexico. For this to change, some steps need to be taken, including the release of the radioelectric spectrum that is already harmonized by international agreements, assigning the right range and lastly developing the right business plan and infrastructure for 5G, Saúl López Noriega, told Nexos.