5G Machine-type Communication: Defining Machine-type 5G

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The revolutionary capabilities of 5G have broadened the potential applications and services that the network can support, delivering more than just voice and data. With the help of this course, delve into the characteristics and benefits of machine-type communication (MTC). The video lessons will help you examine the history and the trends of wireless networks, how artificial intelligence, in conjunction with 5G, is playing a vital role in enhancing machine-type communications, and emerging related services that are far beyond those available with conventional mobile communication networks. After completing this course, you'll be able to outline the high-capacity, high-reliability, and high-density machine-type services with the help of machine-type communications, which involve the connection of devices that don't interface directly with humans and function autonomously.


  • discover the key concepts covered in this course
    examine the evolution of wireless communications and how recent trends enable machine-type communications
    analyze the limitations of wireless communications in the past that acted as obstacles to machine-type communication, and how and why these have now been overcome
    define machine-type communication (MCT) and identify its specific characteristics
    describe how areas of 5G application like mMTC and URLLC enable the deployment and operation of machine-type communication
    recognize how and why the low latency delivered by 5G is vital for machine-type communications
  • identify how and why the high device density delivered by 5G is vital for machine-type communication
    outline how and why the high bandwidth density delivered by 5G is vital for machine-type communication
    describe the significance of machine-type communications within an Internet of Things (IoT) framework
    recognize how artificial intelligence will help enable 5G machine-type communication
    outline how enabling machine-type communication affect the technological and social ecosystem
    summarize the key concepts covered in this course


  • 2m 19s
    In this video, you’ll learn more about your instructor and this course. In this course, you’ll learn how 5G enables high capacity, high reliability, and high-density machine-type services and applications. You'll examine the history and trends of wireless networks and learn the definition of machine-type communication. You’ll also examine the characteristics of 5G that make it possible and explore some of the emerging related services available now and in the near future. FREE ACCESS
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    In this video, you’ll learn more about Machine-type Communications. Machine-type Communication has been pursued from the early 20th century. Wired communication has allowed the exchange of information between devices using electrical signaling. But as machines have become more advanced more machine-type communication has been attempted. The first real attempt at true machine communication took place in the 1970s, with the implementation of the caller ID. FREE ACCESS
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    3.  Capabilities of Wireless Networks in the Past
    6m 25s
    In this video, you’ll learn more about the capabilities of wireless networks in the past. From the very first generation of cellular mobile communications networks, there have been attempts to leverage these networks for machine-type communication. The characteristics of these wireless networks, however, were not suitable to fulfill all of the needs and requirements of such communication. There were specific limitations that restricted their use for full-fledged machine-type communication. FREE ACCESS
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    4.  Machine-type Communication (MCT)
    5m 50s
    In this video, you’ll learn more about machine-type communication. Machine-type communication is any exchange of information between two electronic devices using some sort of signaling over a communication infrastructure. Examples of machine-type communication include using a video streaming service or communicating with a virtual assistant. The intelligence, computational power, and decision-making processes involved in these scenarios are performed by humans. FREE ACCESS
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    5.  How mMTC and URLLC enable Machine-type Communication
    4m 55s
    In this video, you’ll learn how machine-type communications require specific network characteristics to function correctly. The network requirements vary from application to application. 5G has been designed to respond to all of these needs. There are three areas of application included in the official definition of 5G published by the International Telecommunications Union. Those areas are Enhanced Mobile Broadband or eMBB, Ultra Reliable Low Latency Communications or URLLC, and Massive Machine-type Communications, mMTC. FREE ACCESS
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    6.  Significance of Low Latency
    5m 24s
    In this video, you’ll learn the significance of low latency. For machine-type communications, it's less about speed and more about delay. Low latency or network delay is important for many machine-type communication applications. Latency is a phenomenon seen on all types of networks. It’s a measure of how long information takes to traverse a network. Latency is the amount of time it takes a packet of data to travel from its source to its destination. FREE ACCESS
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    7.  Significance of Device Capacities
    7m 29s
    In this video, you’ll learn the significance of device capabilities. You’ll learn device capacity refers to the number of end devices that can be connected to a network. For 5G networks, the device capacity is defined per unit area. This means a 5G network must deliver satisfactory connectivity to a minimum number of users per unit area. The specification for 5G is one million devices per square kilometer. FREE ACCESS
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    8.  Significance of Bandwidth Density
    4m 51s
    In this video, you’ll learn the significance of bandwidth density. Bandwidth density is a concept closely related to device density. Bandwidth density measures the total bandwidth made available per unit area of coverage of a 5G network. The ITU specification for 5G network states that each square meter of coverage should be able to deliver 10 megabits per second of bandwidth. FREE ACCESS
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    9.  Machine-type Communication in an IoT Framework
    5m 39s
    In this video, you’ll learn that machine-type communications is an extensively broad sector and can contain a great number of applications, with a variety of network requirements. One subset of M2M applications that is poised to gain momentum is the Internet of Things or IoT. You’ll learn how machine-type communications levering 5G networks is expected to evolve within the framework of IoT. The Internet of Things involves the interconnection of things with a network. FREE ACCESS
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    10.  The Role of AI in Machine-type Communication
    4m 58s
    In this video, you’ll learn there is little or no human intervention involved in the actual exchange, processing, and interpretation of data and information in machine-type communication. This means the machines must have some level of intelligence to respond to exchanged information by answering with additional data or by taking some other predefined action. When the processing of information is moved from the human to the device, you enter the realm of machine-type communication. FREE ACCESS
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    11.  Machine-type Communication in Action
    3m 32s
    In this video, you’ll learn more about machine-type communication in action. Intelligent machine-type communications can aid in automating, streamlining, and simplifying processes, ultimately improving them overall. Making processes more efficient, streamlined and automated, has many benefits for humans, including more time. Humans will have more time on their hands for more important things to do, which is a commodity that is extremely valuable. FREE ACCESS
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    12.  Course Summary
    1m 54s
    In this video, you’ll summarize what you’ve learned in the course. In this course, you’ve learned one of the most innovative areas of 5G application involves the connection of devices that don't belong to and don't interface directly with humans. These devices or machines function autonomously, delivering services far beyond what was available with conventional mobile communication networks. You learned how 5G will enable high capacity, high reliability, and high-density machine-type services and applications. FREE ACCESS


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