Monaco is the first fully covered 5G signal in the world. In practice this means that if you own a 5G phone and have a 5G pre-program (in Monaco you only need a 4G program), you can enjoy the crazy speeds that go with it anywhere.
The new era of slow (really slow) connectivity starts all over the world, making real-test a difficult task. That's why TECHBYTE.sk accepted Huawei's invitation and we headed to a rich country where they already use this convenience. In an interview with Monaco Telec's chief executive Martin Péronnet, we learned what was behind the decision to introduce 5G, what the benefits are and what the future holds.
The 5G is worth the prestige and the Monaco Grand Prix
TheWe introduced the 5G mainly as a sign of prestige and because of the Monaco Grand Prix, which is highly demanded on telecommunications networks,"Péronnet's decision clarified for TECHBYTE. We only entered the 5th generation online test just over 2 weeks after its official launch.
The introduction of 5G was indeed a matter of prestige, but the story does not end there. All transmitters were deployed in record time.
Monaco is small but robust and therefore difficult to cover
The Principality is by no means a normal country. It is small, sturdy and full of buildings that are the biggest enemy for communications companies. He lives in Monaco only 40,000 peopleby which another 70,000 for work every day.
5G technology is an undisputed successor to the current 4G and all versions. After all, this is also borne out by various case studies or practical applications that actually work in Monaco as one of the few countries.
Monaco still had to rely on the aging 4G this year during the Grand Prix. TheDuring the Monaco Grand Prix, 200,000 people visit, with huge one-sided pressure on our network,Describes Perronet's challenge. Monaco Telekom has decided to start construction of 5G after the end of the sports holiday.
In 2 months
The launch of 5G in Monaco has taken place July 10, 2019, about 2 months after the start of construction. This is a short time for such a huge project. Thanks to excellent planning, the agile technicians and the collaborating authorities that approved the impossibility in an extremely fast time, the project was successful.
Monaco has launched a 5G network Huawei transmitters and no one else. They still have no plans to change or supplement the provider.
TheFor the past four years, our strategy has been to focus on technology,Says Pérronet. TheWe were the first to launch the 450 Mbps 4G connection. In 2017, we were the first to launch 1 Gbps over 4G,"He added.
During the build of 5G they encountered several difficult situations. He exemplified the need to place One of the transmitters on the cliffof course they had to do professional climbers. Another transmitter can be found again on the roof of the old cathedral, for which they had to use a huge crane, but only after they had obtained a permit that is not given to everyone.
Without Huawei we wouldn't have done it
During the two months there were Huawei technicians in Monaco who connected the entire network. TheThey are very good in mobile technologies. They are responsible, trustworthy and similar to challenges,"Describes the collaboration with Chinese giant Pérronet. According to the head of the Huawei operator technicians in Monaco as well as in China were almost asleep."It's good to know that you can trust the company you want to achieve something with. It gave us the necessary amount of confidence we need.".
By choosing Huawei as the sole provider, Monaco Telecom, of course, was concerned with security-related issues. TheIt bothers us. We are a small country that has no impact on the rest of the world, but we are a big business and world trade. We don't want to work with uncertainty,Said Pérronet.
TheFor us, the biggest problem is not that someone is spying on people through our network. Our main goal is to secure the network so that no one penetrates it. That's why we used a testing center to check the equipment,"He said.
Who uses 5G in Monaco?
There are not many people now. The operator offers two 5G devices in its stores – Huawei Mate 20X 5G (this one we also used) and Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 5G. However due to the specific demographics, most residents and tourists are charged by the iPhone. The actual use of the 5G network in Monaco will only happen when Apple introduces the iPhone with the support of the 5th generation of networks, which will be in 2020.
What is it like to use a phone with a 5G connection?
We arrived in Monaco with Huawei Mate 20X 5G on hand. We spent there in the afternoon, evening and morning, giving ourselves enough time to find out how the relationship behaved throughout the day, whether at home or out.
The 5G adventure was, for example, interesting. While we were able to measure impressive speeds outside attacking 1 Gbps, was not so fast inside. However, we are still talking about speeds well above 4G connections. Just to give you an idea, inside (hotel room) we measured easily 300 – 600 Mbps.
But we were most interested the actual difference between 4G and 5G without speed. What’s different about this technology when my YouTube videos or Netflix movies load about so fast?
TheThe difference is mainly in ping latency, " says Perronet. "For example, firefighters in Monaco have equipped a 5G-connectable drone, which they send to the gun field almost immediately after reporting. Thanks to the information he can collect, we know exactly what is happening and how many more units to send. with 5Gs to send medical information to patients in the hospital, whether from accidents or other incidents,Said Pérronet.
These uses of 5G rely on low response between devices that make the next generation of networks a true 4G successor. Monaco shows the direction in which Slovakia should ever go and we really like it.
Business travel and accommodation in Monaco paid for Huawei.