Vivo is a brand that is gaining popularity in Sri Lanka. In order to get a better idea of their 5G plans and to know why there are misconceptions around the subject of 5G with regard to health, the environment and so much more, The Morning Business took the opportunity to delve into this space and spread awareness on 5G and what it’s really all about. We spoke to vivo 5G Standard Expert Rakesh Tamrakar, and is vivo’s regional spokesperson for all 5G-related announcements.
Following is the excerpt of our interview with him:
What’s the difference between 5G and 4G LTE?
5G is fifth generation wireless technology that brings three new things to the table: wider channels (speed), lower latency (responsiveness) and more bandwidth (the ability to connect a lot more devices at once).
To understand 5G, it’s helpful to understand what came before it – 4G, with its blazing data-transfer rates, gave rise to many of the connected devices and services that we rely on and enjoy today. Compared to 4G LTE technology, 5G increases flux density a hundredfold and connection density tenfold.
This allows for a new kind of digital infrastructure that can connect virtually everything and everyone via peak data transmission speeds with minimal latency to provide a uniform experience to us all, culminating in higher efficiency and optimized performance to empower new user experiences.
Where does vivo’s 5G stand in the industry?
Thanks to its in-depth R&D capabilities, vivo is now one of the top players in the industry to standardise 5G. To specify, the 5G products or services consumers are presented today with a refined conglomeration of technologies formulated by the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP), a consortium of international telecom standards organisations that provide a stable platform for collaboration. Vivo is one of the pioneers to join the 3GPP 5G standard formulation for over five years. As one of many companies that set their sights on 5G technology, vivo established special 5G task forces back in December 2016 across Beijing and Shenzhen. One month later, vivo made its debut at the 2017 3GPP meeting. Since then, vivo has submitted over 5,000 5G proposals to the 3GPP, leading to 15 technical features and getting three technical projects approved. With more than 100 global standard experts staffed at its communication research institute, vivo now holds over 3,000 patents for 5G inventions.
How should we understand vivo’s user-oriented innovation in 5G?
Putting end users at the centre of everything is what vivo does, by which vivo has been focusing on innovations in hardware design and the software ecosystem to improve terminal performance and user experiences. Having amassed over 400 million users worldwide, vivo knows consumers best within the industry.
One of vivo’s most notable contributions includes the standardisation and performance enhancement of Rel-17 multi-SIM technology. Previously, an incoming voice call from one competing 5G SIM card would interrupt the data flow of the other, resulting in abysmal performance as one would cancel the other.
Having discovered early that consumers had a preference for 5G smartphones with dual-SIM card slots for greater flexibility in different usage scenarios, vivo researchers successfully sought to negate the clash, leading to the existence of multi-SIM 5G smartphones on the market today.
Additionally, vivo underwent algorithm and system optimisation to facilitate this technology, combined with 120-watt fast charging to ensure complete user satisfaction with their devices. Select vivo smartphones are housed with a superconducting carbon fibre liquid cooling system to prevent device overheating, which is especially prevalent during intensive multimedia entertainment or e-sports usage scenarios.
Another issue raised by 5G technology is the increasing number of antennas and components installed inside a smartphone. However, users are relentless in their pursuit for ultra-thin smartphones encased in sleek metallic exteriors. Never one to disappoint, vivo’s proprietary 3D stack design uniquely encases all this industry-leading technology to allow new 5G smartphones to be even slimmer than its 4G predecessors.
How exactly would vivo’s 5G affect our life?
Vivo has invested heavily in 5G connectivity to reach the stage of product realisation and getting this technology into the hands of consumers. It goes without saying that 5G can facilitate limitless applications, on both industrial and consumer levels. For tech-savvy individuals accustomed to heavy device usage loads, 5G will be a game changer in elevating their collective digital devices into powerful, cloud-synced gateways capable of tapping into the most resource-intensive applications and data streams. Hundreds of thousands of industries are currently undergoing paradigm shifts as enterprises and countries race to propel society into the next phase of technological transformation. Besides, the industries are becoming integrated, owing to the reliable and streamlined network between machines, devices, and other digital objects. With many creative applications ranging from augmented reality/virtual experiences to vehicle-to-everything driverless cars and many more, 5G will provide humankind with the foundation to establish smart cities with comprehensive internet-of-things technologies that can efficiently restructure our lived environments and redefine our everyday lifestyles.
Why do we say 5G’s future is now?
In 2021, consumers and institutions alike are fast-tracking a digital revolution in an unprecedented era of social distancing and remote work – a trend that may continue long after the pandemic subsides. The time is ripe for many commercialised products and services to ride the wave of unparalleled high-speed connectivity and minimal latency enabled by 5G. Yet, the technology at the forefront of them all is without a doubt the smartphone. By combining mobile telephone and computing functions within a singular multi-purpose device, smartphones have brought about a profound scale of mobility and accessibility with one-stop services that empower consumers across every aspect of their daily lives. According to a forecast by vivo, demand for 5G devices is catching up to the entirety of the smartphone market as researchers recorded exponential growth between 2020 and 2021. Additionally, a report by Gartner has also pointed out that the worldwide demand for smartphones with 5G capabilities more than doubled this year.