2018 was a critical year in the move towards 5G technology or fifth generation mobile networks. An initial agreement defining a roadmap to develop this technology was published within the 3GPP Alliance in the middle of last year, and there is a second phase to underline certain aspects of the technology planned for the end of 2020.
Every day we hear more news on 5G, its progress and evolution, as the demand for connectivity between vehicles, towns and cities, devices and sensors continues to grow. As you might expect, the railway sector and it’s train communications are no less affected, being one of the main players anxiously awaiting these new developments to adapt the 5G technology and use in their area of railway intra and intercommunication.
The SME (Small and Medium Business) sector is in the midst of a digital transformation and, therefore, immersed in constantly changing applications and a continuous evolution of private communications networks through the Internet., Hence the introduction of SD-WAN technology for the SME market could be precisely what is required to keep up with theseis fast-paced and complex developments.
Telecommunication networks are one of the most important factors for assuring a successful advanced metering infrastructure. The choice of the appropriate technology is not an easy decision for electricity distribution companies. Several questions arise.
Traditional PLC-based smart metering solutions require the installation of PLC data concentrators in remote and unattended second tier substations. PLC Data concentrators handle communications with the different smart meters installed at consumer premises, consolidate the metering data and send it to the AMI management systems. (more…)