Author - Buddhika Sameera

Go FIFA 2018 with 5G

The 2018 FIFA World Cup will be the 21st FIFA World Cup, an international men’s football tournament that is scheduled to take place between 14 June and 15 July 2018 in Russia. This will be the first World Cup held in the area of the former Soviet Union. The finals tournament will involve 32 national teams, including that of the host nation, assuming the current format of the finals is maintained. The final is expected to take place in Moscow at the Luzhniki Stadium.

Here we have a 2018 FIFA promo video once you watch it only you may understand the importance of the wireless technology going to be used to cater a massive scale of subscribers, uploading downloading videos, imaging in social medias, blogs, etc.

Chinese infrastructure vendor Huawei and Russian operator MegaFon have announced a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to deliver trial 5G network services at the Fifa World Cup 2018, to be held in 11 Russian cities.
While Samsung recently claimed it has achieved 5G test speeds in excess of 30 times current 4G standards, Huawei has predicted final 5G speeds will be around 100 times faster than current technologies.

5G technology – features and advantages


  • 5G technology will include spectral bandwidth more than 40 MHz on frequency channel which is a larger range than all other wireless technology systems.
  • The artificial intelligence will be included in 5G technology through advance wearable computer  technology.
  • Massive Distributed with Multiple-input and multiple-output will be provided by 5G which will help cut costs and make it energy-effective.
  • 5G technology may consume low battery power, provide a wide range of coverage, cheap rate of network services and many other advantages.
  • 4G technology provides up to 1 GBPS internet speed and so it may be possible that 5G technology will provide more than 1 GBPS speed.


According to the two partners, the trials will be the first in Russia, and the first time an operator in the country will be involved in developing a communications standard. They said this will give MegaFon the opportunity to influence the standard based on the specific technical characteristics of the Russian telecoms market.

Huawei will provide its mobile technologies including SCMA (sparse code multiple access), full duplex and the cloud base-station for the 5G network, as well as conducting 5G terminal testing.

“The communication boundaries between human and machines are bound to be broken by 5G,” Ryan Ding, President of Huawei Products and Solutions, said.


“Huawei has made great progress in the development of 5G. The 2018 Fifa World Cup provides a unique platform in wireless history to demonstrate Huawei’s leadership in 5G development. As always, I am delighted we once again join hands with MegaFon, the most promising and innovative carrier in Russia. With the help of MegaFon, we are confident of turning science-fiction-like service into 5G reality for citizens in Russia and soccer fans around the world, two years ahead of the industry’s estimated 5G introduction date of 2020!!’

Continuing with a very specific claim, he then went on to say: “MegaFon was the first mobile operator inthe world to offer LTE to guests and participants of the 2014 Sochi Olympic Games. MegaFon’s strategic priority is technological leadership, so we will keep developing and rolling out new technologies to provide the best quality for our customers. Thanks to this memorandum, Russia will be among pioneers to enjoy next generation mobile telecommunications. It is particularly important that this happens on the eve of the Fifa World Cup 2018.”


So far in terms of 5G availability, 2020 has been set as the availability timeline. It is interesting then to see MegaFon and Huawei now attempting to rush ahead of this date. Remains to be seen whether others will jump on the bandwagon too, or hold their horses until the widely accepted date. After all, many operators are not keen on rushing in the next generation as they would like to see some more return of investment from 4G first. Also, almost every presentation, talk and event focused on 5G still includes the notion that no one even yet knows what it will be.

When Huawei is climbing up in the ladder fast, the big question comes to my mind!! Ericsson Global, Alcatel-Lucent, ZTE where will they stand?? Here I found one video by Ericsson RnD team some introduction to 5G technology.

Lets see how the competition among these tele infrastructure vendors goes on !! Probably with the advancement they going to to gain with FIFA 2018, Huawei will remain the number one in the industry.

Hope to see you guys soon with a new article, till then KIT.


A tip for your new 4G LTE device

Are you planning to buy your the latest mobile device for fastest data experience? Do you know LTE – TDD and FDD both in one devices are available in the market?? Here I’m going to give you few tips will be needing to enhance your knowledge about the latest technology,

LTE is the formal name for 4G, meaning Long Term Evolution. But similar to America’s different, incompatible GSM and CDMA phone systems, there are two different standards for LTE — TDD and FDD. The good news is you can make phones that are compatible with both standards now.

This video below shows how Nokia achieved one of the highest 3.8 Gbps throughput, at Mobile Asia Expo 2014.. wooow!!!

These two abbreviations, TDD and FDD stand for ‘time-division duplexing’ and ‘frequency-division duplexing’. They’re two different methods of cramming data and phone calls into the connection to your friendly local phone tower.

Duplexing is just where your phone can transmit and receive at the same time, unlike a walkie-talkie, which can only do one at once (this is called simplexing). TDD means the transmission and reception occur on the same frequency, but each only for a split second, alternating between the two. That’s great for mobile Internet use, because you can use more of the bandwidth available for either downloading or uploading, whichever you happen to be doing.

FDD, meanwhile, means you’re using a slightly different frequency for uploading and downloading. The benefit of this method is less possible interference — better reception. It’s unclear which standard gives faster downloads, and it would be difficult to eliminate all the possible variables to produce a meaningful answer.

A consideration of TDD-LTE and FDD- LTEE by Dan Warren, PhD. Senior Director of Technology, GSMA

What does this mean for you?

The real difference between the two systems is where they’re used, and therefore where you can use your 4G phone. Here in Sri Lanka mobile devices capable of LTE still using FDD technology (Dialog, Mobitel)  while Fixed LTE devices use TDD technology( Dialog, SLT, Lanka Bell).

“While the majority of the global LTE market is based on FDD-LTE technology, TDD-LTE, the alternative LTE technology, is expected to see increased adoption in the US, China, Australia, Middle East, Northern and Eastern Europe, and Southwest Asia, and to gain a more pronounced position in the global LTE market,” Samsung says. “Seamless handover between FDD-LTE and TDD-LTE networks is a critical feature for end-user customers and mobile operators, especially in markets where the both technologies are deployed.”

China’s biggest phone company, China Mobile, is rolling out TDD, and industry watchers expect it to expand around the world. Australian network Optus has both, but because it’s such a big country the spectrum is divided up by region and in the capital, Canberra, it can only supply TDD.

This kind of fragmentation is likely to become more common, as Samsung says, as networks put in place agreements to allow 4G roaming, and people upgrade their phones and are willing to pay for 4G on their holibobs. So phones like the new S4 and S4 Mini that can nimbly swap between the two will become important for glamorous global jetsetters like you, dear reader.

Here we have the list of countries and the operators who have already deployed LTE technology, it’s great to see three mobile operators are already there in the list!! 🙂 We can be proud!!

There are some devices developed by different mobile manufacturing companies with both TDD and FDD technologies are inbuilt (Samsung,Apple, Huawei, Sony, Asus, etc). It is a great opportunity for mobile operators in Sri Lanka which has already deployed both the technologies, let’s hope to see some super fast internet experience on the go asap!! But with the new tax imposed by the government, I doubt the mobile operators are that much keen on developing the technology with such a high burden.

Below are some of the devices which both support TDD and FDD

( Source : you may click on the device to see further specifications.

Samsung Galaxy Note 4

Apple iPhone 6

Sony Xperia Z3

Asus Zenfone 2 ZE551ML

Apple iPhone 6 Plus

Sony Xperia Z4

Huawei Ascend Mate7

Asus Zenfone Zoom ZX550

Keep in touch till another update from tronication 🙂