At a minimum, the last 18 months have made one thing clear: fast, dependable connectivity has become our collective lifeblood. It has proven to be essential for consumers, enterprises, and governments.
Customer expectations have also become crystal clear: calls for “I want what I want when I want it” have greater urgency than ever before.
In a bit of serendipity, the ongoing rollout of 5G is enabling game-changing connectivity. The power of 5G will also accelerate the digital transformation of multiple industries.
Establishing the major themes
The present and future of communications are dominated by three major themes: network modernisation, new use-cases and business models, and the evolution to 6G.
Looking at modernisation, the new networks are software-based, and some have joked that “everything but the antenna is software”. This is getting closer and closer to the truth. To meet the demands of consumers’ enterprise for connectivity, bandwidth, and latency, the network needs to offer unprecedented scales at a lower cost. Solutions include virtualisation and autonomous management.
Next, new use-cases and business models are the paths to new revenues. For mobile network operators, consumer wireless still accounts for more than 70 percent of annual revenues. New possibilities in vertical markets and industrial applications will provide new growth.
Third, as the global rollout of 5G continues, research into 6G is picking up. The goal is to deliver the evolutionary and revolutionary changes needed to enable a vision of pervasive connectivity.
The longstanding notion of “everyone and everything, connected” has the potential to deliver a powerful set of benefits to consumers, businesses, and governments. Expectations continue to evolve as more users, devices, and use-cases demand the best quality of service (QoS).
These expectations are all about dependable, pervasive, and seamless connectivity – and 5G will enable this, likely being available to 60 percent of the global population by 2026. Ericsson expects 5G subscriptions to grow to more than three billion, and some forecasts predict that by that time, 5G networks will carry more than 50 percent of total mobile data
In terms of 5G solutions, Samsung has pioneered 5G technology development since 2009 and took the leading role in standardising 5G technology. Having launched the world’s first 5G smartphone Galaxy S10 in 2019, Samsung has the widest portfolio of 5G devices globally and has pioneered the successful delivery of end-to-end 5G solutions including chipsets, radios and core.
Even before commercialisation of 5G network in Sri Lanka, Samsung has leaped ahead to ensure that its consumers are future-ready by offering smartphones with up to 12 5G bands support – N1, N3, N5, N7, N8, N20, N28, N38, N40, N41, N66, and N78.
With Galaxy 5G, users will get assured 5G connectivity no matter what the 5G band in Sri Lanka is, and will get access to uninterrupted nationwide access to any 5G network (subject to operator network availability). The seamless 5G support will help download, share, and stream content at blazing fast speeds.
Looking across the technologies shaping the future of connectivity, the path ahead is filled with challenges. For leaders in technology, our role is to help the industry accelerate innovation and thereby accelerate progress towards dependable connectivity, new possibilities, and exceptional user experience. We look forward to working with the industry and exploring this path together.