Chief Technical Officer in Telenor Serbia, Kai Guldbrandsen, announced on Friday, August 26, that the implementation and the commercial exploitation of the 5G network might be expected in 2020. At the presentation of the network’s advantages, called Shift into 5th, he said that the 4G network was used at the moment and that Telenor covered all the cities with a population of over 10,000 with it.
According to him, the implementation of 5G requires large investments and it is still being tested, but it received clearance in America this July.
– With further investments and after all the legal prerequisites have been met, we will be ready for the new-generation network, whose possibilities are incredible, that is, the 5G network, which is reliable and has low latency, and which will enable the further development of the side industries – Guldbrandsen emphasized.
He added that past developments in the mobile phone industry had showed that there was a ten-year cycle between generations of mobile devices. In other words, the average period for switching from one network to another has been 10 years so far.
– The first 2G network appeared in 1990, followed by 3G in 2000 and 4G in 2010, which made everything visible, but also changed everything, so we expect that 5G will appear in 2020 and connect everything – he said.
Guldbrandsen also emphasized that the research has shown that over 5.5 million new devices connected to the global network each day and that it was expected that in the next four years the number would reach 20.8 million, which would require network capacities capable of supporting a growing number of devices connecting through SIM cards.
– This is why the time to start developing 5G and planning future investments is now – he added.
According to him, the industries which expect the most benefits from the implementation of the new-generation network include the automotive industry, energy industry, e-health, production and entertainment.