We’re living at an age where the technologies used in telecommunications keep changing for the better. It seems it was only yesterday when we were discussing the advantages 3G could bring, and now 5G is already knocking at our door. When we think about a change in technology, we automatically have higher downloading speeds and a broader bandwidth in mind. But 5G can potentially provide connectivity to a wide range of devices connected to the network.
Unsurprisingly, the railway industry also follows the technological advances that are happening today. That is why there are so many conferences, exhibitions and events taking place in the world, in which participants showcase the latest advances and discuss how such advances should be incorporated into the railway sector.
The liberalization of the railway passenger market is scheduled to take place in 2020, and forms part of a Europe-wide liberalization of passenger transport aiming to open the market to more competition with larger benefits to consumers. When we turn our attention to the benefits to passengers, not everything has to be about lowering prices – as occurred with the liberalization of air transport a few years ago. The airline sector did indeed see a big reduction in prices, particularly imposed by low-cost airlines.
In a mature market like telecommunications solutions, where you have many different types and sizes of businesses competing against each other and well-known brands, differentiation and added value are key to helping a company stand out. Therefore, a design strategy that comes up with alternative, robust solutions and the possibility of offering an outward-oriented service – which meets market needs and requirements (Clients and Partners) and, of course, complies with the applicable legal requirements and certifications for these types of technologies – becomes key to competing in global markets.
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.