5G in Argentina: they project that it will generate an economic impact of US $ 302 billion until 2035



William Wichmanresponsible for Southern Cone solutions for NOKIA, spoke exclusively with Scope.com about 5G in Argentina, the digital gaps and its advantages within the framework of the Nokia Innovation Day, held on Thursday at the Meliá Hotel.

“5G is a new cellular technology that aims for capacities up to 100 times greater than 4G and focuses on a problem that until now was not so evident in networks: latency”, assured the Customer CTO. Latency is the time it takes for information to be transmitted within the network and, compared to powerful and more advanced computers, it takes more useful and faster networks.

Against this, the fifth generation technology “it allows you to have 100 megabits wherever you are and reduces latency by 10 times”. “The mobile generations aim to make life easier for everyone, 5G will be a quantum step”he continued.

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William Wichman.


Another aspect offered by 5G has to do with “connect devices and things in bulk. Today we are 6 billion humans and by 2025 there would be up to 60 billion connected things. That’s why, 5G is the fifth generation for humans, but it is the first for things“.

In this sense, it is important to cloud -worldwide network of servers. Since 5G is “a technology that enables ubiquitous access to that new phenomenon of digital transformation”according to William.

It means that many functions that currently reside in things can run in the cloud, even on the edge. It would simplify the devices in the long run and give Significant increases in safety, productivity, and efficiency within companies or industrial ventures“, he added.



5G in Argentina: what is the current situation

Behind the testing stage in our countryin order to make visible its different applications, the associated benefits and the necessary resources, the National Communications Entity (ENACOM) -together with different organizations for the development of telecommunications standards- decided focus the transition to 5G networks in two phases:

  • The initial phase corresponds to Release 15 and is known as 5G NSA network (5G not autonomous). It uses part of the 4G network as base for the deployment and allows a later evolution to the definitive network. And it also constitutes a agile way to bring the benefits of 5G networks to users without waiting for the full deployment of the technology.
  • The second phase corresponds to Release 165G SA network (5G autonomous). All network infrastructure must be new: from the radio part to the network core.


Bringing Nations closer

In the last meeting of the Board of Directors of 2021, the authorities of the Agency identified the frequency bands on which 5G technology will be deployed in Argentina, fundamental instance for the actors of the Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) ecosystem to evaluate investment plans.

The bands indicated for the process are 1500MHz: 1427-1518MHz; AWS-3: 1770-1780MHz / 2170-2200MHz; 2300MHz: 2300-2400MHz; 3500MHz: 3300-3600MHz; 26GHz: 24.25-25.75GHz; 38GHz: 37-43.5GHz.



“The Government only identified the frequency bands at the end of the year. But we lack regulatory decisions that assign new frequency bands so that the potential of the 5G capacity runs. In addition, a public process must be called so that the granting of bands are acquired by potential telecommunications service licensees. and perform the spectrum regulationWichmann remarked.

The ENACOM, as regulatorhas the challenge of working to make 5G technology a egalitarian tool that provides a framework of social advantages and that offers the necessary instruments to promote developmentnot only in the large economic centers, but also throughout the country, with a federal approach that consolidates digital inclusion.


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5G in Argentina: economic, cultural and social benefits

In the long term, the Nokia and OMDIA study revealed that the 5G will generate an economic and social impact of US$302 billion in Argentina by 2035distributed among several sectors: the manufacture with US$57 billion, the TIC $54 billion and services with US$54 billion.

The country will benefit as it will have access to second generation 5G networks in a more mature innovation ecosystem. According to ENACOM, “Unlike what happened with the transition from 3G to 4G, 5G technology is expected to have a impact beyond a mere technological leapsince it foresees a transversal effect on the global and regional economy, industries and society“.



On the one hand, at the business -and according to The Big Inversión-, digitization can generate increases in safety, productivity and efficiency (SPE) up to 6 times in agro; up to 5 times in mining; up to 9 times in Logistics; and up to 11 times in manufacture. will have a strong impact on the industrywhich will facilitate the creation of smart machines and the automation and direction of remote processes in real time.


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While at the level mass marketthe consumer will notice the difference with other generations when access higher speeds. Particularly in the case of calls. T You will also benefit from a best video quality what p will allow the launch of new AR (Augmented Reality) and VR (Virtual Reality) services.

Finally, 5G will allow the use of new devices, like virtual reality glasses, which are the gateway to access the metaverse. Plus the consumer can access new wireless broadband service alternatives in your home.

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