While the 5G network is not ready for commercial launch, which should still take a few months, operators are demonstrating the applications and the potential of the next generation network. This week, NOS and Vodafone demonstrate technology in Portugal and Spain, proving that 5G is getting closer and closer to reality.
NOS took advantage of the Portugal Smart Cities Summit to make its first demonstration of the potential of 5G, in real environment, in partnership with Huawei, one of its network infrastructure providers. The demonstration supported in 5G live has a track of fire trucks that are remotely controlled by virtual reality, communicating with the vehicles in 5G, showing application in situations of safety and emergency "
"This is the first real demonstration of remote driving with emergency vehicles," NOS administrator Manuel Ramalho Eanes told reporters during the presentation. The operator has a comprehensive view of 5G technology it wants to serve businesses and cities, and the NOS administrator stresses that "this is a relevant path for smart cities and shows that it will be able to create 5.0 cities," he said.
For the test, NOS is using the 3.5 GHz spectrum that it requested from Anacom. In the stand there are two driving simulators with virtual reality glasses, connected by a 5G modem to the antenna that is installed in the bottom of the FIL lane 1, closer to the track that the two fire trucks cross, with the commands given by the users on the stand.
The antenna used has technology from Huawei, one of the technological suppliers of NOS, and is the same one that is usually in the company's laboratories. NOS also has Nokia's radio technology partner, but has not yet selected suppliers for 5G.
Luis Santos, responsible for the 5G program at NOS, says that this is one of the spectra that will be used in the future in 5G networks and that the demonstration shows the advantages in terms of latency and speed of technology, and the potential to interact with machines and robots in emergency situations, such as a fire, avoiding eventual loss of human life.
In addition to connecting to remote vehicles, NOS is also working with 5G in the Smart Cities area where it believes that the technology can improve the connection to the sensors and the speed of communication with the systems of management of the environment, water, lighting and collection of waste, among others.
"The data speed is five times faster than the 4G and the technology supports more sensor density," he explains. For Luis Santos, the application of technology in situations such as remote driving can be the difference between having to drive autonomous cars at a speed limited to 20 kilometers per hour or at normal speed, since there is more efficiency and efficiency in communication.
NOS estimates to make "more real" street tests are for very brief, he told SAPO TEK company source, stressing that it will be before the end of the first half.
Partnership with Huawei in the midst of US sanctions hurricane
Huawei is the partner of NOS in this demonstration, and one of the company's radio technology providers. Asked by SAPO TEK about the impact that these sanctions imposed by the administration of Donald Trump may have on Huawei, NOS maintains the position that had already been transmitted by its president, who says that the Chinese company is one of the technology partners.
And what steps do they take to ensure there are no backdoors and information leaks in technology, as the US authorities claim? "We do tests regularly and there is no hint of any security breach," he said.
On the technology side development partnerships for the 5G are with Nokia and Huawei but in the terminals the tests can be more comprehensive, and Luis Santos says they are already testing some of the prototypes that have already been launched by the brands.