IMS: What do you see emerging in 5G?
Dr. Edwin Hernandez: One thing I see is the replacement of all broadband services to wireless. I anticipate that companies that are completely fiber-based, meaning the cable operators, are going to have disputes with the telecom operators. They will be fighting for the same space, and that space is going to be the most Gigabits broadband network that we have. That’s one factor in the 5G space. The second factor will be real time data, and that’s tied to artificial intelligence because real-time data and artificial intelligence are going together now. Devices such as Amazon Echo with TV are becoming data-gathering devices because they’re capable of gathering data and displaying data at the same time.
IMS: What’s the most surprising industry that you think will be disrupted by 5G technologies in the next three years?
Dr. Edwin Hernandez: I think the industries that are going to be disrupted tremendously will be anything related to imaging. Imaging and television will be completely changed. The way we see television today is going to completely change. The next one obviously is going to be anything derived with television. For example, imaging on document processing, which is the recognition of documents and identification or information based on context.
IMS: When you’re working in 5G, is there a standards committee? In the past, there have been various standard committees that have come together to decide jpeg standards, mpeg standards, ect.
Dr. Edwin Hernandez: With 5G, the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) is the de facto standard generating company. Unfortunately, sometimes there are agendas. For example, you can see a company pushing for certain types of encoding, because they already own 20 patents for that encoder. Then sometimes, they have the better-performing encoder, so it has to be part of the standard. Otherwise, the standard pretty much won’t work—making that standard essential to the patent. There’s a lot of disclosure-based litigation that needs to happen between different organizations to say “Look, I have an interest in this technology and it is a standard body because I really have an agenda.” Technology is often brought to market and presented as a standard to make it enforceable, so that everyone has to use it. 5G is not an exception right now. I still don’t know where things are going to lead, but there’s going to be a lot of litigation, a lot of friction between multiple companies.
About The Elite Expert:
Dr. Edwin Hernandez is an IMS Elite Expert who holds a doctorate degree in computer engineering, specializing in wireless communications, as well as a master’s in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Florida. He is an avid entrepreneur and inventor, with over 20 years of industry experience in high-tech companies such as Microsoft and Motorola. Hernandez has been awarded with 10 issued patents and is a reviewer for several journals and international conferences.
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