Navigating Through Industry 4.0 with 5G Technology

When you are not transforming quickly in life, then you will be easily beaten up by other competition. Nokia was very large, rich, and successful global company in the world in 1990-s and early 2000. They thrived from 1st generation to 3rd generation of cellular technology. And then Apple came into the arena and changed the business landscape. It was very small and intuitive.

Nokia was still in its comfort zone as they still gained a lot of business and retained a lot of customers throughout the world. The company also enjoyed the shower of love from its hardcore fans.

But Nokia is now trying to come back though with a pivot. They return with a new strategy, becoming a network solution provider. It covers various aspects, from the access, system, to cloud technology. In Indonesia, Nokia acts as a provider for various companies in many sectors from mining to telecommunication.

A general lecture titled “5G Connectivity for Humans, Things and Services” by Leo Darmawan, M. Sc., E.E. (Chief Technology Officer, PT. Nokia Indonesia) on November 6th, 2019 at Sampoerna University told us a story on the roadmap where wireless cellular network plays the role towards Industry 4.0 that is just around the corner from his perspective as a top business executive of a multinational company.

Leo showed how 5G, if successfully implemented in Indonesia, can radically change our ways to interact with each other with smartphones in life. And this will soon happen.

“Megatrends such as Internet of Things (IoT), Augmented Intelligence (AI), Digitalization, and so forth are gradually yet certainly changing our world and also the ways we connect with it,” said Leo.

Further, he explained that there are several major issues in the world that 5G can help solve. “The first issue is economics. So far, we’ve seen a positive impact on economic growth every time we adopted a new generation, from 2G to 4G,” he said. The growth rate may have reached threefold.

Another main problem that 5G can address is new user demands with extremely diverse requirements. “These users range from individual users, smart factories, to sensors and autonomous vehicles,” Leo detailed later. The other problem is physical limitations, which refer to latency and capacity limitations driving network evolution.

He also disclosed some information on the 5G industry roadmap. “By 2022, we will have an optimized standard that completes fully the 5G vision,” he said.

At last, Leo mentioned some 5G use cases. These include video surveillance and analytics, machine remote control, assisted and autonomous vehicles, cloud robotics and process automation, e-Health, fixed wireless access, immersive experience, and smart stadiums. (*/)