HUTCH Demonstrates Fastest 5G Experience in Sri Lanka
By Shafiya Nawzer
5G is the 5th generation mobile network; it is a new global wireless standard after 1G, 2G, 3G, and 4G networks. 5G wireless technology is meant to deliver higher multi-Gbps peak data speeds, ultra-low latency, more reliability, massive network capacity, increased availability, and a more uniform user experience to users. Higher performance and improved efficiency empower new user experiences and connect new industries.
Like other cellular networks, 5G networks use a system of cell sites that divide their territory into sectors and send encoded data through radio waves. HUTCH recently demonstrated the fastest 5G speed ever achieved by a Sri Lankan telecom operator in its inaugural 5G trial event at HUTCH One Galle Face Premier Experience Center. HUTCH had teamed up with ZTE, a global leader in telecommunications and information technology for the 5G trial.
Director-General Telecommunications Regulatory Commission of Sri Lanka Oshada Senanayake graced the occasion along with the CEO of HUTCH and the HUTCH Management Thirukumar Nadarasa. The 5G trial consisted of several demonstrations along with practical examples using 5G and compared the difference in experience with 4G and 3G for an enhanced understanding of the efficiency of 5G.
Ookla, a global broadband speed test illustrated HUTCH scoring a speed of 1.8Gbps as the fastest ever 5G speed in Sri Lanka while achieving an extremely low latency (ping) rate. HUTCH also demonstrated a cross-section of 5G use cases including gaming, remote meeting, virtual reality, and high definition video playback HUTCH CEO, Thirukumar Nadarasa commented, “This is indeed a special moment for all of us at HUTCH. As a company that seeks to exceed the expectations of our valued customers, the new HUTCH network is 5G-ready, fostering a new era of technological transformation. At HUTCH, we always believe in customer-centric innovation and are proud to be at the cutting edge, demonstrating the latest and most advanced technologies to Sri Lanka.”
According to a 5G Economy study, it was found that 5G’s full economic effect will likely be realised across the globe by 2035 – supporting a wide range of industries and potentially enabling up to $13.1 trillion worth of goods and services. 5G is said to have the potential to influence almost every industry backed by ultra-reliable low latency, massive machine-type communications, and enhanced mobile broadband to deliver lightning fast download speeds and access to real-time data-backed insights creating groundbreaking solutions for the betterment of people, businesses, and society. New concepts such as smart cities, autonomous vehicles, Augmented Reality (AR) / Virtual Reality (VR), industrial automation and many other applications will require 5G networks, and it is expected that many more innovations will continue to emerge once the 5G network is available.
This impact is much greater than previous network generations. The development requirements of the new 5G network are also expanding beyond the traditional mobile networking players to industries such as the automotive industry.
With the strength of being part of a global Fortune 500 conglomerate, HUTCH has leveraged the expertise from its parent company, CK Hutchison Holdings, one of the first telecom operators to launch 5G worldwide.
The benefits of 5G are many and it will pave the way for future technological advancements. It will change the way we do business and the way we live, work and play. The benefits of a fast 5G network go beyond downloading videos and games. Commercial applications are potentially vast. Consider, for example, the use of networks amongst first responders. Seconds can measure the difference between life and death when responding to an emergency. The speed and low latency of 5G should enhance the ability to reach and inform first responders faster, helping them keep our communities safer.
HUTCH has now geared up for the 5G trial in a backdrop of having completed the Etisalat merger last year with an islandwide 4G. 5G is here and promises a host of advantages over 4G and LTE competitors.