Blue Jays的所在地罗杰斯中心已经成为5G无线技术的测试中心,它承诺超快的下载速度和扩大的连接设备网络,最终为虚拟现实,无人驾驶汽车和“智能城市”提供动力。

罗杰斯通信公司表示,它将与瑞典硬件制造商爱立信在明年在多伦多和渥太华等中心进行5G测试合作。

无线服务提供商正处于推出5G技术的初期阶段,即使它将先进的千兆LTE网络作为第四代和第五代无线标准之间的跳板。

罗杰斯和爱立信本月在市中心的多用途体育场举办了5G应用示例,罗杰斯公司首席技术官Jorge Fernandes称其为“理想的真实世界测试环境”,因为它承载了成千上万的连接设备,可以阻碍无线信号的具体环境。

在示范中,参与者戴着虚拟现实(VR)眼镜来回掷棒球,几乎在零售商店购物,并通过实时响应控制机器人。

费尔南德斯表示,5G将缩短发送请求和网络响应之间的时间间隔,让连接设备的数量和需要快速响应的应用(包括无人驾驶汽车和虚拟现实技术)大幅增加。

他表示,5G的速度,可靠性和可扩展性将支持物理设备之间的连接,“这将使物联网的大众传播成为现实,改变我们的生活和工作方式。”

费尔南德斯表示,罗杰斯计划增加其网络中可与外部传感器进行通信的发射机的数量,以便自动驾驶汽车可从汽车外部接收数据。

“今天的自动档车在车辆内部具有传感器。 但车辆只能看到它能看到的东西,“他说。

5G网络将能够通过警告超出其传感器范围的危险,例如从一个角落向它跑来的自行车,来增强无人驾驶汽车的能力。

虽然罗杰斯一直在使用罗杰斯中心体育场来测试频率和网络优化,费尔南德斯表示,在多伦多市没有明确的时间表来扩大其5G测试。

“我们的业务,我们的行业和我们的日常生活的未来将受到5G的影响,”在渥太华经营研发实验室的爱立信北美市场负责人Niklas Heuveldop补充道。

费尔南德斯表示,5G技术将在2020年左右“迎来黄金时段”,而Heuveldop估计到2023年底全球将有10亿5G定量。

Bell和Telus都与中国网络设备制造商华为合作开发5G,Telus正在使用温哥华员工的家庭和安大略省的Bell测试应用(包括农村社区)测试固定无线系统。

华为,三星,诺基亚和中兴是其他领先的5G网络设备制造商,争夺5G供应,但罗杰斯表示,它选择爱立信是因为它是北美5G市场的领导者。

Rogers to test 5G tech in Toronto, Ottawa

The Rogers Centre, home of the Blue Jays, has become a test hub for 5G wireless technology that promises ultra-fast download speeds and a scaled-up grid of connected devices to ultimately power virtual reality, driverless cars and “smart cities.”

Rogers Communications says it is partnering with Swedish hardware maker Ericsson on 5G tests over the next year in centres including Toronto and Ottawa.

The wireless service provider is in the early stages of rolling out 5G technology even while it deploys advanced gigabit LTE networks as a stepping stone between the fourth- and fifth-generation wireless standards.

Rogers and Ericsson demonstrated examples of 5G applications Monday at the downtown multi-purpose stadium, which Jorge Fernandes, Rogers chief technology officer, called an “ideal, real world testing environment,” since it hosts thousands of connected devices running at peak usage in a concrete environment that can impede wireless signals.

During demonstration, participants wore virtual reality (VR) glasses to toss a baseball back and forth, virtually shopped in a retail store and controlled robots with real-time responsiveness.

Fernandes said 5G will cut the time between sending a request and the network response to “the blink of an eye,” allowing for a massive increase in the number of connected devices and in applications that require quick responsiveness, including driverless cars and VR.

He said the speed, reliability and scalability of 5G will support the connection between physical devices that “will make the mass communication of Internet of Things a reality, changing how we live and work.”

Fernandes said Rogers plans to boost the volume of transmitters in its network that can communicate with external sensors so that self-driving cars, for example, could receive data from outside the automobile.

“Autonomous vehicles today have sensors within the vehicle itself. But the vehicle can only see what it can see,” he said.

A 5G network would be able to enhance the driverless car’s capabilities by warning it of hazards beyond its sensor range, such as a bicycle coming towards it from around a corner.

While Rogers has been using the Rogers Centre stadium to test frequencies and network optimization, Fernandes said there’s no clear timeframe for expanding its 5G testing in the city of Toronto.

“The future of our businesses, our industries and our daily lives will be impacted by 5G,” added Niklas Heuveldop, head of market area North America for Ericsson, which operates an R&D lab in Ottawa.

Fernandes said 5G technology will be “ready for prime time” around 2020 while Heuveldop estimated that there will be one billion 5G subscriptions worldwide by the end of 2023.

Bell and Telus have both teamed with Chinese networking gear maker Huawei in the race to develop 5G, with Telus testing fixed wireless systems using the homes of Vancouver-based employees and Bell testing applications in Ontario, including in rural communities.

Huawei, Samsung, Nokia and ZTE are other leading 5G networking gear makers competing for 5G supply deals, but Rogers says it selected Ericsson because it is the 5G market leader in North America.