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JUL 2019

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July 2019 / / Security Business 23 Mid-band spectrum offers consistent capacity and speed, complementary to mmW in urban and suburban settings and extending the availability of 5G into less densely populated areas. Mid-band deployments typically use a smaller number of macro base stations – in contrast to the larger numbers to be deployed in small cells. Speaking at the 5G New Horizons Wireless Symposium, T-Mobile’s Karri Kuoppamaki laid out the need for a multi-band approach to 5G spectrum: “None of these bands in itself is the answer to 5G. You (need) to have spectrum across all these different bands to be able to address 5G in its full glory…to enable, or to meet the vision of 5G and all these different use cases – some requiring high speeds, some requiring low speeds; some requiring low latency, some not caring about latency; some being localized in nature, not really moving around, some moving around having a requirement for coverage nationwide.” The Impact on Security How might we expect this to affect security applications? Starting with the expectation of low latency and unrestricted bandwidth, I anticipate a number of likely outcomes. First, IP cameras streaming directly into the cloud to enable remote viewing and storage of high-quality, full-motion video is the obvious benefit. This will be given a nice nudge by H.265 compression, providing better resolution-bandwidth performance. Look for a huge growth in cloud computing applications, since they will have plenty of data to chew on, to include AI, remote processing, big data analysis, etc. I would expect that a new class of low-cost edge devices will appear, as many will have less need for heavy on-board processing, leaving that to servers in the cloud – this includes various IoT devices endowed with 5G connectivity, such as drones and robots. Asset and people tracking will become more accurate and deployment widespread. Also, this might be the catalyst to really force IPv6 into the mainstream with every device having a globally unique IP address. Opportunities for integrators will include expanded product and service offerings, particularly cloud services. Now is the time to get well-positioned and ready for these business opportunities by seeking out cloud product and service providers that align with your business vision. Small cell construction and maintenance – indoors and potentially outdoors – may also represent a business expansion opportunity but require additional wireless networking skills. Deloitte estimates the small cell equipment market to approach $10 B in 2019. ■ » Ray Coulombe is Founder and Managing Director of SecuritySpecifiers and the CONSULT Technical Security Symposium. Reach him at, or follow him on Twitter, @RayCoulombe. Further Reading Check out our October 2018 cover story, "Is the Future 5G?" – Intelligent Video Cloud & Access Control Together at last... Access Control + Video Request information:

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