Applications of Enhanced Mobile Broadband

Key Takeaways

  • 5G technology offers endless possibilities under three services: enhanced mobile broadband (eMBB), ultra-reliable low latency communication (URLLC), and massive machine-type communication (mMTC). 

  • The aim of eMBB is to provide higher bandwidth with better latency for applications such as augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR), and 4K media. 

  • eMBB delivers high bandwidth connections to a multitude of connected devices, even under heavy network data traffic.

5G wireless technology helps create application-specific network designs

Our personal and commercial needs are ever-changing, and we all need the best solutions for society to advance properly. 5G technology is one such advanced technology utilized for revolutionizing technical ventures and business initiatives. 

5G technology offers endless possibilities under three services: enhanced mobile broadband (eMBB), ultra-reliable low latency communication (URLLC), and massive machine type communication (mMTC). The use cases of enhanced mobile broadband are important for 4K media, AR, and VR applications; they provide higher bandwidth and better latency.

In this article, we will discuss enhanced mobile broadband, its advantages, and sub-use cases. 

5G Wireless Technology

Before fifth-generation wireless technology, LTE networks 2G, 3G, and 4G wireless standards were used. These traditional communication standards catered to all the use cases through a single network architecture or standard. The “all-in-one-architecture” approach of traditional networks limited the increase in the number of connected devices and their use cases.

5G wireless technology created application-specific network design and catered to all the use cases efficiently. It introduced three use cases, eMBB, URLLC, and mMTC, to wireless connectivity. We will focus on one of the use cases of the 5G network - enhanced mobile broadband - in the upcoming section.

Enhanced Mobile Broadband (eMBB)

Enhanced mobile broadband is a key term associated with 5G. Enhanced mobile broadband is derived from 4G LTE networks. It is one of the three services or use cases defined by 3GPP for 5G NR application deployment. The aim of eMBB is to provide higher bandwidth with better latency for applications such as augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR), and 4K media.

With the aid of enhanced mobile broadband service, 5 NR delivers reliable and fast mobile broadband. eMBB is revolutionizing the wireless communication industry by extending the technology to connect and redefine numerous industries and businesses. eMBB extension is also at the forefront of improving coverage areas. With the support of eMBB, 5G networks are capable of delivering higher quality of service (QoS) internet access to the general public, even under prohibitive or challenging conditions.

eMBB is not only changing the face of connectivity in smartphones but also bringing a wave of change in cloud connectivity, real-time video monitoring applications, and remote operations.

Advantages of eMBB

The application domain of 5G network technology has widened with eMBB, URLLC, and mMTC. Together, they satisfy the requirements of new wireless communications networks. The advantages of the eMBB use case in 5G technology can be summarized as:

  1. Faster data transfer rates and faster network experience.
  2. Enables truly immense VR, AR experiences, 360-degree video calling, etc.
  3. Strong indoor connectivity.
  4. Higher capacity networks for urban and densely populated locations.
  5. Best-suited for real-time connectivity and communication.
  6. Enables networks with 100x times traffic capacity, bringing the latency to 1/10th of that of 4G.
  7. Supports cloud-native applications. 
  8. Wide network coverage, minimizing connectivity issues.

Fixed Wireless Access and eMBB 

It is through fixed wireless access (FWA) that 5G technology deploys its service over large areas. The beamforming and higher spectrum bandwidth offered by 5G wireless broadband overcomes the limitations of previously-used networks and covers unreached areas.

Fixed wireless access is growing exponentially and is gaining popularity worldwide due to its broadband services. The major impact of FWA is that broadband services in sparsely populated or rural areas are improving and will soon match the services of cities.

The speed offered by FWA is better than fiber-based networks. With this improved speed, FWA has created a platform for eMBB, providing coverage to vast areas using the spectrum bands that were unavailable in 4G networks.

Sub-Use Cases of 5G eMBB

5G eMBB is widely available and can be used to provide services to sub-use cases such as:

  1. Improved multimedia - The seamless streaming of high-definition videos, mobile TV, and real-time content over vast coverage areas.

  2. Smart offices - eMBB delivers high bandwidth connections to a multitude of connected devices, even under heavy network data traffic.

  3. Hotspots - Broadband access in densely populated areas is enhanced by eMBB along with high coverage both indoors and outdoors.

  4. Mobility services - eMBB aids broadband access from high-speed transportation modes such as trains or buses.

5G enhanced mobile broadband allows consumers to stream content, unlimited by the volume of data, geographical location, and time. eMBB is not only providing support to consumer entertainment and multimedia streaming, but also to mobile cloud computing businesses and remote smart offices. 

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