Radio Stripe: new revolutionary concept. Interview by Mohamad Dergham, Head of Ericsson Levant Countries

  1. What will the world look like in the decade ahead from a technology point of view?

We are amidst the fourth industrial revolution where ICT will play a fundamental role to accelerate the digitization of industries. 5G in particular will play a key role with the endless untapped opportunities that it will bring to industries, to people and to societies.

With exponential evolution of key technologies such as 5G, edge computing, AI, automation and data capture, the pace of change is so fast that anyone who thinks they know what is coming next would be guessing rather than knowing. 

  1. Which technologies are most likely to place a significant demand on the future network?

5G evolution will move us into an era of ubiquitous, high-capacity radio. Taking us to ever lower levels of latency and extensive Gbps capacity, 5G evolution will pave the way for highly intelligent haptic IoT technologies at hyperscale, leveraging new forms of vehicle-to-infrastructure, vehicle-to-vehicle, vehicle-to-pedestrian, and person-to-person connectivity.

5G is built for innovation and evolution. 5G is the most dynamic and flexible generation of mobile connectivity to date, leveraging cloud native applications and core. As a flexible radio interface, the era of 5G will be shaped by many evolutionary leaps within the standard, before we can even begin to look to the next generation.

With exponential evolution of key technologies such as AI, automation and data capture, the pace of change will be relentless. This will ultimately determine what will happen next.

  1. What are the key drivers that would motivate operators to adopt such new technologies?

The new frequencies and the corresponding shrinking form factors of antennas mean that high performing, high security connectivity can now be truly ubiquitous.

The area of antenna technology has been a driving force of technology disruption and innovation and this has given us the excellent mobile broadband services worldwide that we take for granted today. The natural next step in this journey is to distribute antennas everywhere to serve the increasing demands of higher lower latency, reliability, and capacity – which is a key driver for service providers to adopt new technologies.

Ericsson is currently pushing antenna development into the size of a small matchbox, and in our labs we are looking at how we could create antennas so small and flexible that we can integrate them into adhesive tape. We call them radio stripes and they could provide truly ubiquitous connectivity in certain areas.

  1. Tell us about Ericsson’s innovative new mobile network design – the Radio Stripe System.

The Ericsson Radio Stripe system is a visionary concept where we have done a rethink of antennas and base stations, as we have showed this year in MWC Barcelona.

This revolutionary new mobile network design is super-distributed and has the potential to deliver better quality, as well as making for easier deployment. At a nearly invisible form factor, it enables truly ubiquitous high capacity radio everywhere.

So far, all antenna systems in all radio deployments, not only mobile networks, have been represented by one point. With Radio Stripes, we change that and distribute the antenna system over a stripe. This visionary concept is an extension of how to build and enhance the capability of current networks. The Radio Stripe systems offers, so to say, new colors and flavors in how we increase the performance of mobile networks.

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