The major telecom providers are rapidly rolling out their nationwide 5G networks, initially piggybacking on existing 4G infrastructure. Although “standalone” 5G is starting to become available, most connections will use combined 5G and 4G technology for some time.
Most customers who have 5G service on their mobile devices are simply accessing 5G technology over the 4G network. Because higher-frequency signals degrade over shorter distances than lower-frequency signals, telecom providers are continuing to install more 5G transmitters to create broader coverage areas.
Cutting-edge technology must also be implemented in data centers nationwide, and telecom providers must replace existing equipment without causing downtime. SirviS has had the privilege to be involved in these projects, building out the 5G core backbone for one of our telecom customers.
Building Out the Backbone
The new gear was brought into our Colorado configuration center, where we populated and configured all racks and handled burn-in, testing and validation. The racks were crated and shipped to the customer’s sites, where our team assisted with the deployment. SirviS was able to meet the aggressive timeline of the project.
Based upon the success of the initial rollouts, the customer has asked SirviS to continue supporting its 5G implementations across more than 100 data centers in the U.S. alone. SirviS has developed a practice dedicated to 5G technologies, with certified engineers and expert technicians who can custom design and configure 5G solutions.
The Promise of 5G
Experts estimate that by the end of 2024 there will be 1.5 billion 5G subscribers. When it’s fully implemented, 5G is expected to be up to 100 times the speed of 4G networks. The groups developing the 5G standard are aiming for speeds greater than 20Gbps with one-millisecond latency.
5G will operate in two frequency ranges – one below 6GHz and another from 24GHz to 86GHz. The ultra-wideband network is now available in parts of some larger cities.
With more available bandwidth, 5G can be deployed in virtually any device or object, from laptops to home appliances to industrial automation equipment. 5G can also make the WAN more resilient and provide connectivity to remote and temporary facilities that don’t have reliable WAN services. It will provide the perception of 99.999 percent availability, and reduce energy usage in mobile devices.
The speed, reliability, availability and low power requirements of 5G can help organizations enhance existing products and business applications and launch new ones. Initiatives involving the Internet of Things (IoT), HD video collaboration, virtual and augmented reality, telemedicine, and even self-driving cars can be taken to the next level.
How SirviS Can Help
SirviS provides design, development, integration, deployment, support and management of the latest 5G technologies. Our 5G practice also offers custom designs and configurations, and built-to-spec preconfigured network systems ready for delivery and deployment anywhere. Our engineers are certified and experienced in leading technologies, including Cisco, Ericsson, HPE, Juniper and Nokia.
We have the ability to deliver a turnkey solution that relieves the burden on in-house IT teams. By pre-integrating equipment, SirviS can dramatically reduce the time spent at each data center location, accelerating deployment and minimizing business disruption. Each solution is coordinated by our certified project managers, who are there to ensure the success of the rollout.
The move to 5G continues apace, as telecom providers continue to install transmitters and upgrade their network infrastructure. SirviS has the expertise and experience to help telecom providers accelerate their deployments while reducing costs and operational overhead.