Mobile World Congress (MWC) took place on February 26 and 5G was all over the agenda. That’s not surprising as the promise of 5G is generating much excitement. We’ve already begun to scratch the surface and have seen a use case on one of the grandest global stages – the Winter Olympics in PyeongChang. Through a massive deployment of ultra-high definition cameras connected to 5G wireless networks, Intel® and our partners helped deliver a fan experience from the athlete’s perspective to audiences around the world.
More Than Next Gen Connectivity
But there is so much more on the horizon. 5G is not just another generation of wireless connectivity. It promises new opportunities for technology innovation across the computing and connectivity landscape from the cloud to the network and the client. The delivery of greater bandwidth, lower latency and edge compute capabilities are essential for 5G use cases. Smart and connected cities, autonomous vehicles, and sporting experiences like the Olympics are just some examples of how consumers and business alike will experience the benefits of infrastructure unbounded by today’s limitations.
Objects Are Closer Than They Appear
In collaboration with Dell, HP, Lenovo and Microsoft, Intel showcased the first 5G-enabled concept 2 in 1 mobile PC at MWC. Its live 5G connection was enabled via the Intel XMM 8060 modem—the first in the series of commercial 5G multimode modems. And, the first Windows-based PCs featuring 5G connectivity are expected to reach the market by the latter half of 2019.
Intel is working with industry partners on innovative solutions for 5G with a foundation of Intel architecture, including the Intel Xeon Scalable platform and the recently announced Intel Xeon D-2100 system-on-chip (SOC) processor. The Xeon D-2100 extends the capabilities of the Intel Xeon Scalable platform with power-efficient performance to meet the intensive compute, network and storage workloads at the network edge.
Excitement Is Mounting
While early trials are usually kept out of the public eye, this is the year when we’ll begin seeing what is possible. Services powered by 5G will accelerate the digital transformation of the network, cloud and client. In the words of Intel’s GM of 5G Infrastructure, 2018 will be the year that we back up this talk with action and proof points.
There are so many reasons to get excited about the future enabled by 5G. Don’t hold back!