The world of technology is ever-changing and evolving and we all have witnessed a process to it. First-generation wireless gave us a voice to connect with each other. Then 2G added text, and 3G enabled basic mobile computing. With 4G connectivity, we got higher speeds and ramped up using multiple apps to help us work and play on our handsets. Now, the next big thing is the 5G. It is believed that it will open up the floodgates to download speeds almost 100 times more than what we are being offered now.
Strategic Move from 4G to 5G
5G is the fifth generation of cellular networks which is a breakthrough advancement paving the way in Sri Lanka. 5G spectrum uses short frequencies which provides the expected boost not only in speed but also in capacity, low latency, and quality of network. With 100 times faster speed than 4G, 5G will provide never-before-seen opportunities for people and businesses. The technology is said to provide greater bandwidth in advancing society by transforming industries and enhancing day-to-day experiences. This concept is simple yet very powerful which will drastically improve wireless connectivity and efficiency with very high specificity. A 5G Smart Surface can help extend and evenly distribute signals to low coverage and dead zones, thereby matching the needs and capacity of the place and requirement while optimising connectivity accordingly. The transformative 5G technology will not only enhance existing 4G functionality by speed but will also provide the basis for developing new technologies such as connected and autonomous vehicles, shipping, real-time telesurgery, and intelligent connectivity.
5G capabilities to transform the region
5G encompasses a lot more than just cellular technology. It has quickly taken the central stage in a new digital environment that smartly blends artificial intelligence, cloud computing, and advanced networks to enable new services and products. 5G in the region would meet the growing demand to use data and new knowledge efficiently to support an increasingly digital economy. The strategic deployment of 5G will provide new opportunities to utilise ground-breaking solutions that reach across the island. 5G would facilitate various networked technologies to quickly become the basis for societal innovation which includes – smarter electricity grids, EVs or connected vehicles, high-tech emergency services, connected sensors for natural disasters, remote consulting/diagnosing and much more.
It does not end here! By ensuring advancements in production lines with autonomous response, digital mechanism to check faults, strong logistic networks, advanced management with VR, AR, virtual meetings, 5G powered solutions will lay the foundation for flexible, efficient, and responsible businesses. 5G solutions will lay the foundation for flexible, efficient, and responsible businesses by providing access to automated systems basis field requirement. 5G technology has enormous potential to usher in a new era of innovation.
Sri Lanka’s 5G abilities to benefit local consumers
With the government’s active interest and steps for the enrolment of 5G technology, Sri Lanka has witnessed a rapid rise in 5G development projects, fibre network, spectrum auction and live 5G trials which have built a strong interest and knack for the technology. 5G private networks are being welcomed by the government to ensure that brands bring along novel measures to uplift Sri Lanka and its vision of becoming a digital economy. According to a recent report, live trials of 5G over a commercial network resulted in Internet speed of over 1.9 gigabytes per second in Sri Lanka. Additionally, the National Policy Framework (NPF) named “Vistas of Prosperity and Splendour” explains a societal framework with a high reliance on digital technology for everyday activities. The government together with local consumers is ready to run faster in a fully integrated system of connected devices for a better future.
vivo, a technology brand to empower country’s youth
As a future-ready brand and in line with Benfen philosophy, vivo is working tirelessly to provide the best of technological innovations to the people of Sri Lanka since its inception in 2017. The brand favours the deployment of 5G technology to benefit the region and aims to equip local users with the latest and greatest technology available to enhance their experience. vivo focuses on innovations in hardware design and the software ecosystem to improve terminal performance and user experiences.
The brand is also investing heavily in 5G connectivity to reach the stage of product realisation and getting this technology into the hands of consumers. vivo’s most notable contributions include the standardisation and performance enhancement of Rel-17 multi-SIM technology and Rel-16 terminal power-saving technology patented by vivo, which manage to simplify terminal actions for lowering energy consumption. The brand is well prepared to leverage the 5G technology to create ‘Intelligent Phones’ that stay ahead of time.
It may take a couple of years for 5G to blanket the country entirely, but the step has been taken towards the free flow of data between people, places, and devices at unprecedented speed and volume. 5G will unleash a new wave of innovations in the region to advance the quality of lives of people of Sri Lanka.