- Intel announced initiatives to develop faster, smarter and more efficient 5G wireless networks.
- 5G will offer an ultra-fast speed of 10Gbps, significantly reduce latency, and open the doors to billions of connected IoT devices.
- Intel claims it is uniquely positioned to offer end-to-end 5G solutions, which should benefit Intel stock over the long term.
"Billions of increasingly smart and connected devices, data-rich personalized services, and cloud applications are driving the need for smarter and more powerful networks," said Aicha Evans, corporate vice president and general manager of the Intel Communication and Devices Group. "The transition to 5G brings communications and computing together and is a fundamental shift for the industry. It is essential to lay the foundation for future 5G networks now to make amazing experiences of the future possible."
The Mobile World Congress is one of the top yearly events for the 5G industry. 5G - 5th generation mobile networks or 5th generation wireless systems - is the next phase of mobile telecommunications standards, expected to advance wireless bandwidth much beyond the current 4G standard.
After last year's Congress, Re/Code published a readable 5G primer for consumers summarizing the main advantages of the new standard, which will permit downloading a full-length HD movie in a matter of seconds rather than minutes. "And video chats will be so immersive that it will feel like you can reach out and touch the other person right through the screen."
5G will push wireless communications to an ultra-fast speed of 10Gbps, significantly reduce latency, and open the doors to billions of connected, always-on Internet of Things (IoT) devices. Most experts interviewed by Re/Code agreed that 5G has the potential to completely change the way we interact with wireless devices but warned that the new technology is still a few years away from becoming a reality. In fact, the arrival of 5G-capable devices and networks is expected by the end of the decade. But Intel and other companies want to accelerate the development and standardization schedule.
Intel is establishing collaboration with several wireless technology industry players including Ericsson (NASDAQ:ERIC), Nokia (NYSE:NOK), Verizon (NYSE:VZ), KT, LG Electronics, and SK Telecom, to speed up the development of 5G technology and infrastructure.
Intel launched a new 5G platform for rapid prototyping, which offers a high-performance development platform for faster integration and testing of 5G devices and infrastructure. "Our new 5G Mobile Trial Platform is designed to provide the flexibility and processing power to meet 5G’s critical requirements," notes an Intel blog post. "It was created to reflect a system-level approach to 5G development based on input from our partners and our own design thinking. The platform is configurable for use in both wireless access points (infrastructure) and devices."
Intel also announced new modems and system-on-chips (SoCs) for PCs, mobile devices and IoT devices such as connected cars and wearables. The new Intel XMM 7480, the company's fourth-generation LTE-Advanced modem, can deliver high-quality, high-speed voice and data to smartphones, tablets and PCs as well as provide users with broad mobile coverage on cellular networks around the world. According to the company, the device enables compute-intensive experiences such as multiplayer gaming and Virtual Reality (VR) with seamless LTE (Long Term Evolution) Advanced connectivity and peak download speed up to 450 Mbps.
In fact, VR is expected to rapidly become a new computing platform with very high bandwidth requirements, which will drive the development and adoption of 5G. In related news, Intel joined the Telecom Infra Project (TIP) launched by Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) to develop and deploy ultra-fast 5G wireless networks with an open-source approach inspired by Facebook's Open Compute Project (OCP). With TIP, Facebook wants to enable the wireless telecom industry to carry its own future data traffic with high-bandwidth streaming video and VR, which constitute an important aspect of the social network's strategy.
Forbes notes that Intel sees 5G as the core to creating a "network revolution" that will allow the growing number of connected devices to reach their full potential. The company believes 5G could be deployed by 2018, much earlier than its anticipated launch in 2020. Intel also believes that it is uniquely positioned to offer end-to-end 5G solutions that integrate intelligence across the network, from the data center to the connected device and all systems in between.
It seems indeed likely that Intel is well positioned to be among the technology leaders of the 5G wireless industry, which opens good prospects for Intel stock investors.