The telecom is preparing to implement the new technology
Mtel , part of the A1 Group , showed for the first time in our country 5G technology. It happened during a special event that included a high-speed test of 5G, VR demonstration and balancing industrial robots. This new way of communicating is expected to lead to a significant increase in Internet speeds in mobile networks of over 10 Gbps.
During the demonstration, a rate above 2 Gbps was measured, which is more than 10 times higher than that at 4G. The VR experiment introduced streaming content with 4K resolution without any delay. With the help of special robots that balance the ball on a flat surface, a low lag of about 1 millisecond was projected, which is achieved in a 5G network.
“An important goal of 5G networks is to reduce connection delay to enable real-time applications. The time for information exchange between autonomous cars or robots, for example, will be about a millisecond in order for them to become an integral part of our lives, “commented Todor Tashev, Mtel’s chief technical director.
“We expect the 5G standard to be set in 2018, and we are ready to implement the technology as soon as devices are in place to support it and we have the necessary frequencies. This will be a network of networks that will unify all existing standards and allow the development of future technologies – related mobility, digital medicine and intelligent factories, “he added.
Mtel first in Bulgaria demonstrated 4G network speeds in 2011, and since the launch of 4G in 2016 to date, it has invested over 130 million leva, continuously modernizing and expanding its network with Nokia. For this period, Mtel registered over 140% of smartphone growth in its network and more than 800,000 active 4G users. The telecom reported a 240% increase in data traffic, with over 60% of the data being processed in 4G. 4G network of Mtel covers all settlements with over 1 000 inhabitants in Bulgaria at maximum speed up to 150 Mbps.
In November 2017, especially for the beginning of the winter season in Bulgaria, Mtel introduced 4.5G in the winter resorts, which provides a 30% higher connection speed than before. The technology that allows this is called “Carrier Aggregation” and generates a much faster internet depending on the frequency spectrum used. Mtel plans to deploy “frequency pooling” across the country by the end of summer this year. Current investments and network preparation will allow for a rapid upgrade to 5G wherever possible.
Mtel is part of the Next Generation Mobile Network (NMMN), the A1M Group, which brings together the world’s largest mobile operators and sets standards for next-generation mobile networks. A1 Group will play a leading role in the standardization of future 5G technology.