OCTOBER 16-18, 2019



October 17-19, 2018 | Boston, MA

Ready for Speed: The Journey to 5G

By: Luisa Miller-Hughley, Director, Advanced Solutions, Nokia


The global Internet of Things (IoT) healthcare market is expected to reach $410 billion by 2022. Our daily lives have been inarguably revolutionized by the increasingly interconnected and complex fabric of telecommunications technologies, Internet-based solutions, mobile applications, wearable smart devices, and sensor-driven intelligent machines. Nowhere is this more evident than in the healthcare sector, where nearly all stakeholders are exploring and adapting new devices and technologies in the care of patients and their daily practices. There has been a rapid proliferation of digital healthcare.


The healthcare industry is moving fast toward a complete digital environment. Today, complex healthcare systems are handling more data than ever before, pushing current IT operations to their limit. Breakthrough innovations, like continuously monitoring every aspect of patient vitals through multisensory environments, teleporting doctors to a virtual environment for remote haptic interactions with their patients, performing technology-enabled remote surgeries, or leveraging artificial intelligence (AI) to explore, compare sensory data and generate new medical insights—these will all soon become mainstream. Can current communications platforms that are based on 4G LTE capabilities keep up with the exploding demand for connectivity? Is it the most efficient technology for the massive quantity of data that needs to be turned into actionable intelligence instantly? Is it secure? Is it the right technology platform for AI? And is 4G immediate network response sufficient for critical, ultra-low latency, haptic use cases?


5G is designed to support ultra-reliable, low-latency and massive data communications. It will be the enabler of self-driving cars, virtual reality, smart cities, networked robots and critical next steps in the dramatic transformation of healthcare that currently reside in research labs, waiting for the next generation of connectivity platforms. Nokia has been involved with an ecosystem of technology partners in a multi-partner research project to turn Oulu University Hospital in Finland into a fully 5G connected hospital to develop and test advanced healthcare use cases.


Nokia and Verizon recently completed the first over-the-air, end-to-end data transmission on a commercial 3GPP 5G New Radio (NR) network in Washington DC, sending the signal over commercially deployed Nokia radio equipment and Verizon’s millimeter wave spectrum and 5G network core to a Nokia test van parked in downtown Washington. The transmission was part of the two companies’ ongoing demonstrations of 5G NR technology before commercial 5G mobile service launches in 2019. In August, Verizon and Nokia completed the first successful transmission of a 3GPP NR 5G signal to a receiver situated in a moving vehicle. In June, they completed a series of outdoor data sessions over the 5G NR standard, and the successful multi-carrier aggregation to boost those signals into Gbps range – all industry firsts.


There are immense challenges that lie ahead with 5G, but it will enable a far-reaching revolution in the health sector, from remote diagnosis and surgery to constant, comprehensive, reliable and predictive health monitoring, even outside hospitals.  Although a lot can be done with existing technologies, the challenge is that to realize the full potential and benefits of 5G technologies, the hospitals and the digital health care providers need to get ready for that today.  


Did you know? Nokia and Verizon are working together to deliver fast, reliable network services and small cell capabilities to support connectivity goals for enterprise across the healthcare ecosystem. Come see Verizon and Nokia at the Connected Health Conference. Let’s explore how to make sure your organization is ready for the promise of 5G speed.

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