In a pioneering decision, the first in the world non-cellular 5G technology standard has been recognized by the International Telecommunication Union’s Radiocommunication Sector (ITU-R) and included as part of the 5G standards in the IMT-2020 technology recommendation.
Wirepas, a Finnish company on a mission to democratize the IoT, is the key contributor to the new standard that sets an example of future connectivity: decentralized, autonomous and infrastructure-free technology is designed for huge IoT networks for enterprises.
It has no single points of failure and is accessible to anyone, costing only a fraction of cellular networks in both dollars and carbon footprint.
- Free dedicated international attendance
- Dense and massive network capabilities
- One-tenth of the cost of the cell phone
- The lowest carbon footprint of large-scale networks
The new IoT standard, defined by ETSI brings 5G within everyone’s reach as it allows any company to configure and manage their network autonomously without operators anywhere in the world. Eliminate network infrastructure and single point of failure, at one-tenth the cost of cellular solutions. It also allows companies to operate without intermediaries or subscription fees, as well as to store and consume the generated data in the way they see fit (on-premise, in the public cloud, or whatever in between).
“Why should cutting-edge connectivity be optimized for a select few? Why should only a few benefit from the mastery of technology and reap the profits? We believe that the latest technology made accessible is the foundation of a more egalitarian business environment, a more egalitarian world. Wirepas has opened up its groundbreaking mesh technology to everyone, and the resulting new 5G IoT standard has been created so that anyone, even small and medium-sized businesses, can afford and understand it. This is the first technology that can connect millions of devices in a cost-effective way. It’s the first step towards digitization for the masses with more to come. “ says Teppo Hemiä, CEO of Wirepas.
Another democratizing aspect is attendance. The new 5G standard supports efficient shared spectrum operation by allowing access to free international spectra such as 1.9 GHz.
Jussi Numminen, Head of RF at Wirepas, explains: “There is a lot of talk about private networks, but this is the first 5G technology capable of supporting shared spectrum operation and more local networks in the frequencies of the mobile system. We see this as a prerequisite for mass digitization for all. With the new standard, you have instant access to a dedicated and internationally free 1.9 GHz frequency. It’s a perfect match for mass IoT. “
Technologically, the new non-cellular 5G is based on completely different principles than cellular 5G. One of the biggest differences – and advantages – is the decentralized network. In a non-cellular 5G network, each device is a node, each device can be a router, as if each device were a base station. Devices automatically find the best path; adding a new device to network routing also works autonomously and if a device is idle, the devices will be redirected by themselves. It means reliable communication that eliminates single points of failure.
A decentralized network with short hops and small transmission power also means a significantly lower carbon footprint of the communication system.A recent study by the University of Tampere in Finland saw energy efficiency approximately 60% better at the level of system compared to traditional cellular topology with the same radio energy profile.
Hemiä sees that this figure will increase further: “These results have been achieved without optimizations that are already under development. Once taken into account, we expect significant potential for even better energy efficiency. This is an important point to consider as we begin to see large-scale adoption. “
The new 5G IoT standard it is suitable for companies such as smart meters, Industry 4.0, building management systems, logistics and smart cities. It will help urbanization, construction and energy consumption in the construction of these smart cities. It also opens up opportunities for new use cases, mass-scaling communication levels for the future. The energy transition from fossil fuels to electricity is driving the local market for the production and consumption of renewable energy which requires new communication skills. This creates a circular economy and allows the traceability of goods, raw materials and waste.
Teppo Hemiä summarizes and concludes:
“This new 5G IoT standard has been the missing piece in the large-scale adoption of IoT. We know today that only 5% of the things that will be connected are connected. To connect the remaining 95%, we need to let things go as they have been in the past and have the courage to take a different path. We see this new standard as the start of a new era for connectivity. “
“Many great international connectivity standards have emerged in Europe. Many of our employees helped create them. We are now proud to bring the next major European contribution. “
Developed by ETSI, the new 5G IoT standard, ETSI TS 103 636 series, is currently called DECT-2020 NO The standard was published last year. The first product, 5G private wirepas, will be available in 2022.