América Móvil, Latin America’s biggest telecoms company, expects to roll out its 4.5G network in Mexico by the end of this year, as it gears up for the so-called internet of things and aims to have a 5G network up and running by 2020 in order to handle higher volume traffic at far faster speeds.
5G capability will boost speeds to 10,000 megabits per second from the current 1,000 and will hasten the time it takes for the Internet to react to less than 5 milliseconds – a fifth of the current rate, Daniel Hajj, chief executive of Carlos Slim’s phone empire, told a news conference.
He sketched a world of geo-localisation bracelets able to summon an ambulance immediately if the wearer took ill,and hospitals with access to clinical records held digitally in the cloud. He stressed that the internet of things – connecting objects like cars, homes and public street-lighting to the Internet – is the company’s next big push.
Mr Hajj declined to put a figure on investment in the improved networks, saying the it was part of the natural progression of upgrades in the past three years. It was still too early to say how much would be needed to roll out 5G, he said.