This Monday, March 28th, we were honored to welcome Mr. George Onopas, Fixed and Mobile Access Network DevOps Director at OTE Group of Companies, on campus for a presentation with our students and faculty regarding 5G technology and its reshaping effects on society within the near future.
According to Mr. Onopas, the majority of mobile traffic goes through 4G. However, in recent years mobile traffic has highly increased, resulting in the need for more sufficient bandwidth. OTE has a 3-5 year goal of implementing 5G technology within Greece and providing the majority of the population with these technologies. 5G will offer stronger signals, better connectivity, better security (due to better encryption), and less EMF issues because it requires less electricity. All in all, better results with less power usage.
The full implementation of 5G use within our cities and throughout our population is predicted to result in many societal changes. These societal changes include the evolution of smart cities, smart environments, smart industries, and the like. Changes will be seen at the public level, industry level as well as personal level. Nationwide led lighting, trash bins that light up when full, and wearables for monitoring children are just a few of the examples of changes that will be noticed.
5G is believed to become a revolutionary enabler bringing forward many opportunities our students may engage in at the new Innovation Lab at ACS Athens that will be headed by the Institute.