5G connectivity at low power and low cost

5G connectivity at low power and low cost

Receiving wireless connectivity at high speed has become one of the most sought after objectives among tech experts. Team of researchers at the University of Waterloo have discovered a more efficient and cheaper method for Internet-of-Things devices which in return will help in attaining high speed.

Achieving this feature has become all the more urgent, with the launch of 75 billion Internet of Things (IoT) devices in 2025. Experts suggest, cellular networks and contemporary wiFi will not be sufficient for the influx of IoT devices.

Techies believe the problem could be solved via Millimeter wave (mmWave), which is a network that offers multi-gigahertz of unlicensed bandwidth, which is 200 times more than the present WiFi and cellular networks.

Reports also allege that the 5G networks will be powered by the mmWave technology. It is however an expensive alternative and requires substantial amount of power. This poses as a major hindrance for its application in IoT applications.

The recent study at Waterloo thus addressed this challenge by creating a novel mmWave network, called as mmX. According to Omid Abari, mmX will also minimize the power and cost of a mmWave network, thus enabling its use in all IoT applications.

Furthermore, the experts also alleged mmX will produce a higher birate in comparison to WiFi and Bluetooth, which worked much slower for several IoT applications.

“mmX will not only improve our WiFi and wireless experience, as we will receive much faster internet connectivity for all IoT devices, but it can also be used in applications, such as, virtual reality, autonomous cars, data centers and wireless cellular networks,” commented  Ali Abedi, a postdoctoral fellow at the Cheriton School of Computer Science. “Any sensor you have in your home, which traditionally used WiFi and lower frequency can now communicate using high-speed millimeter wave networks.

“Autonomous cars are also going to use a huge number of sensors in them which will be connected through wire; now you can make all of them wireless and more reliable.”