The beep gives you away. One of the tests that must be passed to renew the driving license consists of a psychotechnical test that calibrates our coordination and our reflexes. Each hand, independently, has a control that serves to hold a ball, which is the vehicle, within a line, representing the road. It seems like child’s play, but that autonomy, that different path for the left hand and the right hand, which forces us to rectify separately and without one following the other, complicates things. And of course, the beeps, which sound when the ‘ball’ leaves the road, sneak about your lack of skill and reflexes.
And they sound, they do sound, to show that our eyes and our reflections, even if they are suitable for driving, take their time before reacting. The calculations suggest that, in the best of cases, the human being is capable of responding to stimuli like this in a fifth of a second, that is, in 200 milliseconds.
It is impossible for us faster. It escapes our eyes and our responses naturally. But that’s what technology is for. To put ourselves at the service of the human being and improve and complete ourselves. Can you imagine reacting in a millisecond, responding in a thousandth of a second? It looks like science fiction. But no, it is not.
That conquest, that reaction in a millisecond, is one of the milestones brought by the fifth generation of mobile phone technologies, 5G, and this week Telefónica has launched its own, its 5G. It does so to consolidate its digital leadership and illuminate a new era, that of hyperconnectivity, the era of the millisecond. “A millisecond is much more than a new response time. It is Telefónica’s response to the new times. It is Telefónica’s commitment to the future of the country ”, highlights the president of Telefónica, José María Álvarez-Pallete.
This response is reflected in the objective that its 5G network reaches 75% of the Spanish population before the end of 2020. With its mission to make a more human world by connecting people’s lives and with its principle of advocating an inclusive digitization , in which no one is left out, Telefónica will put its network at the service of all, available to all the Autonomous Communities.
With this launch, the operator extends the commitment acquired at the end of July, when it presented its new ‘Digital Pact to better rebuild our societies and economies’ , at which time it already announced that by 2025 its optical fiber would already reach 100% of Spain and it would be a leader in 5G. Little more than a month later, with this new announcement she expresses her vocation to put herself at the service of society when it needs it and where it needs it, in this case in the digital transformation that Spain needs and that Europe supports to reactivate the
If during the harshest months of the pandemic, Telefónica focused on maintaining telecommunications and connectivity to soften the effects of confinement, at this time, when it is necessary to think about a reconstruction that looks to the future, it emerges as a fundamental ally to undertake a digitization that places Spain in a position to compete in the 21st century. As Álvarez-Pallete points out, “this is a golden opportunity for Spain to lead the fourth industrial revolution and take advantage of Europe’s outstretched hand for the reconstruction process.”
Because precisely that, an industrial revolution, is what 5G will bring with it around the world. And Spain, hand in hand with Telefónica, is in a position to arrive on time for the appointment with the future. “5G is not just a new generation of mobile telephony. It is a revolution due to its practical applications for all sectors and because it allows the expansion of ultra-broadband coverage in rural areas and in emptied Spain. With 5G come a multitude of cross-cutting benefits for sectors such as tourism, energy, automotive or health ”, highlights the president of Telefónica.
Indeed, this new generation of mobile telephony allows ultra-fast connectivity and with differential capacities in terms of bandwidth, both upstream and downstream, very low latency -this response in 1 millisecond- and the ability to connect millions of devices . The great transformation of 5G is that it will make possible a world in which billions of objects and devices of everyday use will be connected to each other and to us, with greater bandwidth and that speed of milliseconds. In other words, the accolade for the Internet of Things (IoT) will be spectacular.
For private customers, 5G will bring home automation and energy efficiency in homes to a new dimension. Regarding leisure and entertainment, you can download movies in seconds or enjoy live sports broadcasts in which you will have a 360º experience and can see any angle of the game as if you were on the pitch and with all the statistics at your disposal. Those who are fans of ‘gaming’ will have a mobility experience similar to that provided by fiber at home, that is, without interruptions or latency. Thus, 5G will allow you to play, on your mobile phone, as if you were on the screen of your home computer or on a game console.
For companies, 5G will modify production models. Robotization, the use of artificial intelligence and the use of services in the cloud (‘cloud’) will grow exponentially, also in a more efficient, sustainable and effective way.
To make it a reality, for the promises of 5G to become realities, Telefónica will rely on both its experience and knowledge in the treatment and deployment of networks and its extensive fiber optic network, the largest in Europe and a crucial lever for the full development of 5G. “Our network has always been a differential asset. Through it the lives of people pass and it has shown unmatched strength when it has been most needed. Spain already leads the digital infrastructures in Europe, with the most extensive fiber optic network, and it has not been by chance, but by decision and investment. Now we are going to transfer that success story to 5G, with the most ambitious deployment in the EU ”, highlights the president of Telefónica.
To do this, the operator is currently working with the latest radio generations that allow dual 4G and 5G use with the aim of taking 5G from the first moment to the maximum population and reaching the 75% announced before the end of the year. In this first phase, the 5G network is launched thanks to a technology that combines the deployment of 5G NSA (Non Stand Alone) and DSS (Dynamic Spectrum Sharing) to immediately deploy the 5G SA (Stand Alone) network, the most powerful 5G, when the technology is fully available after standardization. Also, this initial deployment is making us or the current sites and infrastructures and, in the medium and long term, it will be complemented with new base stations and ‘small cells’, depending on the capacity or coverage required.
If fiber optics is already Telefónica, 5G is also Telefónica. The era of the millisecond is coming, the times of hyperconnectivity are here. The 5G of Telefónica brings them. Welcome!